The surging Brewers have ace Yovani Gallardo on the mound for Sunday’s game in Washington. Not many pitchers have been better than Gallardo since the start of August. But he is 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA in his career vs. the Nats. Bet on Brewers-Nationals at WagerWeb.com.
Miami at NY Mets – Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.42) vs. Mets RHP Chris Young (4-8, 4.37): Nolasco had a string of three straight wins snapped with a no-decision in his last outing. He gave up three runs in five innings vs. the Reds. He had posted shutouts in two of his previous three starts. … Young surrendered three solo home runs in New York’s 3-0 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday, including two by Ryan Braun. Young’s most recent win came against the Marlins on Sept. 2, when he tossed five innings of one-run ball.
Atlanta at Philadelphia – Braves RHP Tim Hudson (15-6, 3.77) vs. Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (6-7, 3.27): Hudson didn’t have his best stuff, yielding a season-high 10 hits in five frames against the Marlins. All four runs he allowed came in the fourth inning, but he secured his eighth 15-win season, and third straight, thanks to plenty of run support. … Lee allowed one run in eight innings Monday in New York and is 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his last seven starts, improving his record to 6-7 with a 3.27 ERA. He has allowed 45 hits, nine earned runs, four walks and fanned 54 in his last 49 2/3 innings.
Milwaukee at Washington – Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo (16-8, 3.59) vs. Nationals RHP Chien-Ming Wang (2-3, 6.92): Gallardo has been every bit the ace lately. He is 8-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 10 starts since Zack Greinke was traded, and he leads the Majors in quality starts, with 25. The Brewers are 21-10 when he takes the mound. … Manager Davey Johnson decided that Wang will get the start against the Brewers on Sunday afternoon. The Nationals need a starter for that day because they don’t want right-hander Jordan Zimmermann to pitch on short rest.
Pittsburgh at Houston – Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett (15-8, 3.64) vs. Astros RHP Jordan Lyles (4-11, 5.40): Burnett has gone through a strange stretch, with his ERA continuing to go down as his losses go up. He is winless in his last six starts and has dropped four straight decisions; he has not lost five in a row since June 2010. … Lyles has had an up-and-down season in his second year in the Majors. The 21-year-old pitched five scoreless innings on Sept. 11, before giving up five hits and four runs in five innings last Sunday in a no-decision against Philly.
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs – Cardinals RHP Kyle Lohse (15-3, 2.71) vs. Cubs RHP Justin Germano (2-8, 5.58): Owner of baseball’s best winning percentage (.833), Lohse has lost just once since June 15. He continues to be the most consistent starter on the staff, and Lohse has limited opponents to two or fewer earned runs in 23 of his 31 starts this year. … Germano held the Reds to three hits over five scoreless innings, then walked the bases loaded in the sixth in his last start. He walked five in the game after having not issued more than two walks in any of his starts this year.
Arizona at Colorado – Diamondbacks RHP Ian Kennedy (14-11, 4.08) vs. Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (2-5, 4.58): Pitching with the stuff that made him a 20-game winner a season ago, Kennedy has won three consecutive decisions. Over his last two outings, the D-backs ace has given up just one run in a combined 15 1/3 innings. … Chacin pitched well last time out, allowing just a run in five innings vs. the Giants but the Rockies have lost his past three starts.
San Diego at San Francisco – Padres LHP Eric Stults (6-3, 2.69) vs. Giants RHP Tim Lincecum (10-14, 4.91): Stults allowed three runs on five hits, walking three and striking out six over six innings of a 3-2 loss to Arizona on Tuesday night. He faced the Giants on Aug. 18, allowing five runs and nine hits in six innings. … Lincecum blanked the Rockies for 6 1/3 innings in his last outing, allowing five hits while striking out six. He lowered his overall ERA to 4.91, the first time it has been below 5.00 this season, and he improved his second-half ERA to 3.06.
LA Dodgers at Cincinnati – Dodgers RHP Aaron Harang (9-10, 3.80) vs. Reds RHP Home Bailey (12-9, 3.82): After throwing 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday, Harang will pitch on short rest against the Reds. Harang has a 4.20 ERA in three September starts. … Bailey has been on a nice run lately, with five quality starts in his last six outings. He is 2-0 with a 1.55 ERA in his last four starts. “He’s throwing as well as anybody we have right now,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
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