June 17 National League-hosted interleague probable pitching matchup capsules
The Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright is starting to look like the pitcher who was one of the best in the National League in 2009-10 before missing last season after surgery. The right-hander takes the mound in the Show Me state series finale vs. Kansas City. Bet on Royals-Cardinals and every game at WagerWeb.com.
Cincinnati at NY Mets (only all-NL game) – Reds RHP Johnny Cueto (7-3, 2.46) vs. Mets RHP Chris Young (1-0, 3.38): With a stomach virus floating around the Reds’ clubhouse, Cueto’s complete game six-hitter Tuesday was just what the doctor ordered. With a bullpen struggling as of late, Cueto tossed his second complete game of the season and sixth of his career. … Young recovered from a rocky first inning on Tuesday to hold the Rays to two runs over 5 2/3 innings. He will make his third start Sunday, pitching without the benefit of extra rest for the first time since returning from right shoulder surgery.
Baltimore at Atlanta – Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen (6-2, 3.68) vs. Braves RHP Randall Delgado (4-6, 4.34): The 26-year-old Chen continued his impressive rookie campaign on Tuesday night, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing four runs for his sixth win. He struck out four and walked two. … Delgado’s start vs. the Yankees was marred by a career-high six walks and a homer by Raul Ibanez. But against one of baseball’s best offenses, the rookie righty minimized the damage and allowed three runs, impressing manager Fredi Gonzalez.
NY Yankees at Washington – Yankees RHP Ivan Nova (8-2, 4.64) vs. Nationals RHP Edwin Jackson (3-3, 3.02): Nova won his eighth game on Monday night in Atlanta, allowing five singles and a walk while striking out six in seven innings. The righty also picked up his first Major League hit, a single with two outs in the second. He’s won his last four starts. … Jackson improved to 3-3 in his last outing and logged his fifth consecutive quality start in a win over the Blue Jays. He will take a very respectable 3.02 ERA into his next start against the Yankees, whom he is 2-6 against lifetime.
Kansas City at St. Louis – Royals RHP Luis Mendoza (2-3, 4.89) vs. Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (5-7, 4.75): Mendoza was brilliant his last time out against Milwaukee. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but did not earn a decision in the Royals’ 2-1 victory. He allowed one run on one hit. He hasn’t won a game since May 13. … Wainwright took the loss in his last outing, but went seven strong innings against the White Sox and allowed two runs on five hits. He had a 3.00 ERA in six starts in May and has improved in each of his starts in June.
Chicago White Sox at LA Dodgers – White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.98) vs. Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano (8-2, 2.87): Quintana once seemed like the logical man to return to the Minors once a healthy John Danks returned. But the rookie continues to turn in quality performances, covering 5 1/3 innings Tuesday in St. Louis, making his case to stay. … Capuano said he was as bad mechanically as he has ever been through the first three innings in his last start on Monday. He didn’t factor into the decision after allowing two runs in five innings. He gave up eight hits and four walks vs. the Angels.
Boston at Chicago Cubs – Red Sox RHP Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.14) vs. Cubs LHP Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.91): Beckett gave up four runs in the first two innings of his last start, then didn’t allow a hit over the last five. Beckett walked one and struck out five over that seven-inning loss to the Marlins. Beckett is 0-3 in three career starts at Wrigley. … Maholm didn’t get a win in his last outing against the Tigers but deserved one. He struck out a season-high seven and took advantage of the wind blowing in. He earned the win in his one career start vs. the Red Sox