Francisco Liriano’s return to form should be enough for the Minnesota Twins playing at home to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. After a stint in the minor leagues, Liriano appears to be his old self. Don’t look at his overall number (3-8, 4.93 ERA), the key has been his work as of late. He finished the first half posting a 2.74 ERA in his final eight games and showed dominating stuff in his first outing after the All-Star break, striking out 15 batters.
The Twins are also bolstered by getting the Orioles at the right time. Going into Tuesday’s games, Baltimore’s offence had been shutout in three of their last six matches. The Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter is scheduled for this one and he won’t improve the Baltimore situation – he’s 3-4 with a 6.11 ERA. The Twins are the pick at 1.65 instead of the Orioles at 2.25.
Adam Wainwright is looking better and better, which is good news for the St. Louis Cardinals when they face the Brewers in Milwaukee. A former All Star, Wainwright missed all of 2011 after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery. The return this year had been bumpy as he logged a 7.32 ERA in four April starts. The next two months showed some inconsistency, but in two starts in July he has a 3.65 ERA.
Most notably, he’s mixing in more off-speed pitches, which suggests he’s feeling increasingly comfortable with his repaired arm. Tyler Thornburg gets the spot start for the Brewers. He has yet to show that he’s Major League material having given up an eye-popping five home runs in 7 1/3 innings pitched over two games. Cardinals – at 1.65 – should prevail over Milwaukee at 2.25.