Hot over pitchers take the mound Thursday
Thursday features a number of starting pitchers that have satisfied over bettors so far this season. Here is a look at three that take the bump.
Team over/under record in pitcher's starts indicated in italics. All stats prior to Wednesday's games
Jeremy Hefner, New York Mets (0-2, 7.07 ERA)
Hefner has just 14 innings pitched in four starts this season. The Mets have lost all four games in which he gets the start and the over is 4-0. Hefner has not pitched more than four innings in any of his last three starts.
The Mets host the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday in the second game of their series. They are tops in the National League with a 14-4 over/under record.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals (1-1, 5.85 ERA)
Gonzalez has gone cold after a sparkling start to the season. The Nationals' lefty has a loss and two no-decisions in his last three games, all of which have gone over the total. According to fangraphs.com, Gonzalez has lost about one mile per hour off of his fastball and his percentage of strikes is down four percent from 2012.
The Cincinnati Reds visit the Nationals Thursday. The teams have played three games this season. All have gone over the total.
Jarrod Parker, Oakland (0-3, 7.50 ERA)
Oakland is king of the hill in the over/under standings at 17-4. The A's pitching has been decent and is third in the majors with 13 quality starts. Jarrod Parker has just one of those quality starts. He's coming off a loss against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up just one earned run in 6 1-3 innings. Despite that outing, his 7.50 ERA is worst among Oakland's starters and his 18 innings pitched are the fewest among the starting rotation.
Oakland open its series with Baltimore Thursday. It will be the first meeting between the two clubs.