Best Money Pitchers in Baseball (Updated 6/11/13)
We’re officially past the quarter pole of the season, and the All-Star Break will be here before you know it! This is an article you’re definitely going to want to read, as it will go over all of the best money pitchers on the MLB odds this season.
It’s amazing that there is still a pitcher out there that has actually not been beaten and hasn’t missed a start. Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks has led his team to a perfect 12-0 record in his 12 starts, and he has led the D’Backs to a +$1,265 mark in those games. The rest of the team around him has been average at best in nature, but this kid has been remarkable, and he should be in line to start the All-Star Game for the National League if his age and status in the league aren’t overlooked. Corbin is 9-0 personally, and he has a 1.98 ERA. His K/BB ratio isn’t great, but batters just can’t figure out how to hit the ball off of this guy. He hasn’t allowed more than seven hits in a start since April 28th, and no one has gotten more than nine hits off of him in a game this year. Stellar. Simply stellar.
Of course, this isn’t the only man who has pitched his team to a perfect record in all of his starts. Most don’t think of Jeanmar Gomez as the type of man that has led his team to a 7-0 record, but that has been the case thus far this year. Gomez is on the DL now with forearm tightness, and he was awfully lucky to get out of his last start alive. He left that game against the Reds a week and a half ago after allowing four runs in just one inning of work. Still, Gomez has a 3.07 ERA, and though he isn’t really the type of man that should have a +$873 mark on the season, there is no doubting that he has been stellar.
Of all of the best pitchers in the American League, only one has better than a mark of +$656, and that’s Clay Buchholz of the Boston Red Sox. A collarbone injury might cause Buchholz to miss a start, and if he does, that would be bad for the boys from Beantown. The righty is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA this year, and the argument could be made that he has been the best starting pitcher in the entire game this year. He isn’t striking out batters at the same rate that he was at the start of the year, but there is no shame in 81 strikeouts in 84.1 innings of work.
Back in the NL West, there are two pitchers that have nearly identical marks. Jorge De La Rosa and Jason Marquis aren’t the most likely candidates to have a combined 19-7 record for their teams, but they do. De La Rosa has been the best pitcher for the Rockies all year long, and he has guided the team to $789 of profits. Marquis is one of these pitchers that has seemingly found lightning in a bottle this year. The righty has led his team to a 9-4 record and $781 of profits. The rest of the San Diego Padres have been a losing proposition for the whole season though, and we have to think that at some point, it is all going to start falling apart for Marquis as well.
There are only a total of 11 pitchers in the game that have profits of at least $600 for the season, and there is only one team that has a pair of pitchers on that list. The Oakland Athletics are that team, and the two pitchers that are doing the deed are Bartolo Colon and Daniel Straily. These two men are a combined 16-5 for the A’s between them, and they have managed $1,218 worth of profits in that stretch. The rest of the Oakland team? 22-22 and -$120. It’s not terrible, but it isn’t great either.
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