June 25, 2013

Best Money Pitchers in Baseball (Updated 6/25/13)

We’re officially nearing the halfway point 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.

The mighty has been beaten. Of all of the teams who could finally hand Patrick Corbin and his Diamondbacks a defeat this year, the Miami Marlins??? Corbin pitched well on that day though, allowing just two runs over eight innings. There’s still no complaint whatsoever about guiding your team to a 14-1 record in your first 15 starts of the season, especially when there are $1,257 in profits. Corbin is 9-0 with a 2.19 ERA, and though he has had four straight no-decisions, there is an increasingly good chance that he is going to be the starter in the All-Star Game for the National League. Rightly so.

Two of the pitchers that are towards the top of the money list right now haven’t been starting very often. Boston’s Clay Buchholz is on the disabled list with a collarbone injury, while Jeanmar Gomez hasn’t pitched for the Pirates since June 2nd thanks to a forearm injury. With the way that some of the young starters have been hurling for Pittsburgh, Gomez might have a tough time getting his job back even though he has led the team to a 7-0 record and profits of +$873. Buchholz is the third best money pitcher in the game at 11-1 and +$942.

The other two pitchers that round out the Top 5 aren’t exactly arms that you’d figure to see at the top of a money list in baseball, yet both have at least $900 of profits on the season. Part of the reason the Padres are finding success week in and week out is because Jason Marquis is continuing to win games. Marquis has guided the Pads to five wins in a row and nine out of 10, and though he hasn’t always been the best pitcher in the world, he is finding ways to get the job done. Of course, getting six, six, seven, and six runs the last four games from a team that is generally horrendous offensively has helped as well.

The pitcher that comes in fourth this week on the money list for arms is that of the ageless Bartolo Colon. Colon has had a lot of help from the Oakland team in front of him to get to 12-3 and +$916 on the season, but he hasn’t pitched poorly either. He has thrown at least seven innings in six of his last seven starts, and he is 10-2 with a 2.93 ERA on the season. Sure, we’re like to see more than 56 strikeouts in 98.1 innings of work, but Colon has also only issued a total of 12 walks and has conceded just one home run in his last seven outings.

On Tuesday night, two of the Top 10 money pitchers in the game are going to meet for the Orioles and the Indians. Justin Masterson has brought Cleveland to an 11-5 and +$707 record, while Chris Tillman, in spite of his far inferior statistics, is 11-4 and +$730. Tillman is personally 17-5 over the course of the last two seasons though, and there is a point to consider whether this is a matter of just being really lucky or whether he has been a lot better than one would figure.

Masterson isn’t the only member of the Indians on this list. The often forgotten Ubaldo Jimenez is back, and he is pitching the best ball he has thrown since the first half of the season with the Rockies back in 2010. He is only 6-4 with a 4.58 ERA, but in these last six starts, he is 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA, and his numbers are getting better with seemingly each start.

Perhaps the two most talented pitchers on this list though, come in at No. 6 and No. 7 respectively, and they are the last two pitchers that are good for at least $800 of profits thus far on the season. It seems to be a bit of a miracle that Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman has been able to lead the Nats to a 12-3 record in his 15 starts thus far on the season, especially considering the fact that the club is struggling just to find its way to .500. Still, Zimmerman has a 2.26 ERA, and he just threw eight innings without allowing an earned run in a win over the Rockies, marking the third time in the last four starts in which he hasn’t allowed an earned run.

It’s not so surprising though, that Lance Lynn is 12-3 and +$835 for the Cardinals, who might be the best team in baseball. Lynn was lit up by the Marlins two starts ago, but he still has led his team to six straight victories. Don’t let that 3.42 ERA fool you. Lynn has more strikeouts (94) than innings pitched (92), and his 10-1 record is no joke whatsoever.

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Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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