May 28 National League probable pitching matchup capsules
The vastly disappointing Philadelphia Phillies have had one thing go well for them this year: lefty Cole Hamels. He is a leading NL Cy Young candidate but could be traded before the deadline as he is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Bet Phillies-Mets and every game at WagerWeb.com!
Philadelphia at NY Mets – Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17) vs. Mets LHP Jon Niese (3-2, 4.29): Hamels pitched splendidly in a game the Phillies desperately needed to win Wednesday against Washington. He allowed four hits, three walks and struck out six in eight scoreless innings. Seems like an All-Star lock. … Niese looked like a different pitcher last time out against the Pirates, jumping ahead of batters and allowing one run in 7 2/3 innings. He’s 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in two starts against the Phillies in 2012, with both of those outings coming in Philly.
St. Louis at Atlanta – Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (7-1, 2.54) vs. Braves RHP Tommy Hanson (5-3, 3.12): After starting the season with six straight wins, Lynn has battled subpar command in each of his last three starts. It’s part of the learning curve for the first-year starter, who has also shown a knack for getting stronger the deeper he pitches. … Hanson was solid in a no-decision against the Reds on Wednesday, allowing only one run in six innings of work on four hits to go with five strikeouts. At one point, Hanson retired 12 straight batters, lowering his season ERA to 3.12.
Washington at Miami – Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-4, 2.47) vs. Marlins RHP Carlos Zambrano (2-3, 2.85): Benefiting from the run support against the Phillies on Tuesday, Zimmermann threw six innings, allowing one run on seven hits. He even helped himself with the bat, going 2-for-3 and scoring the Nationals’ first run. … Zambrano had allowed three runs or fewer in seven straight starts until Colorado put up seven in five innings in his last outing. Zambrano lost at Washington on April 20, giving up one run on two hits in seven innings.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh – Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 3.22) vs. Pirates RHP James McDonald (3-2, 2.51): Arroyo has five quality starts out of his nine games this season. During a 6 2/3-innings no-decision vs. the Braves on Wednesday, he threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of his 26 batters faced. His only bad pitch resulted in a solo homer by Dan Uggla. … The Bucs’ most consistent starter, McDonald has held opponents to a .184 average in his last six starts (41 2/3 innings), a span in which he has a 52-12 strikeout-walk ratio.
San Diego at Chicago Cubs – Padres RHP Jeff Suppan (2-3, 4.21) vs. Cubs LHP Travis Wood (0-1, 3.86): Suppan gave up five runs on eight hits in a 6-3 loss to the Cardinals in his previous start. The 37-year-old Suppan, who walked four in 4 2/3 innings, will be making his 417th career start. … Wood deserved better in his last start, giving up two hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Astros. Said Dale Sveum: “I know he’s gone through some adversity through all this and he’s had two really impressive starts for us.”
Houston at Colorado, Game 1 – Astros LHP Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 2.14) vs. Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio (2-2, 4.83): Rodriguez spun a seven-inning gem on Wednesday, striking out five and holding the Cubs to one run on eight hits without issuing a walk to earn his fourth win. … Nicasio struggled against the Marlins, admitting he felt tired through the first three innings. That fatigue cost him, as he lasted just five innings and gave up six runs (five earned) on nine hits while walking three and striking out six in a loss.
Houston at Colorado, Game 2 – Astros RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 5.29) vs. Rockies RHP Alex White (1-3, 5.32): Lyles will be called up from Triple-A to start this game. A new rule was implemented this year that allows teams to utilize a 26-man roster on the days of scheduled doubleheaders. … White didn’t have his best stuff against the Marlins, but it was good enough to help end the Rockies’ six-game skid and get his first win since September. He tossed six innings and gave up four runs on eight hits while surrendering just one walk.
Arizona at San Francisco – Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill (2-4, 3.74) vs. Giants LHP Barry Zito (3-2, 3.53): Cahill is coming off one of his best starts of the season. The 24-year-old threw six innings of six-hit, one-run ball in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday. … Zito has struck out 16 and walked 19 in five starts this month. On contrast, he struck out 14 and walked six in four April outings. His road ERA has climbed, to 3.34, compared with 3.94 at home.
Milwaukee at LA Dodgers – Brewers RHP Shaun Marcum (2-3, 3.93) vs. Dodgers RHP Aaron Harang (3-2, 4.36): Despite allowing just five hits, Marcum gave up a season-high six runs in his last start Tuesday. He made three mistakes, leaving pitches up in the zone that led to three big hits, each of which drove in a pair for the Giants. … Harang looks to bounce back against Milwaukee after giving up five earned runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings against Arizona. Prior to that rocky outing, the righty had trimmed down his ERA from 5.72 to 3.83 during May.