Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 9:57 AM
THE MLB MID-WEEK UPDATE: MOST UNDER-THE-RADAR STARTING PITCHERS
MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK STUFF AS WE CHECK OUT LAST YEAR'S POINTSPREAD DUDS
The other night in the New York Mets at Chicago Cubs game the announcers were discussing this afternoon's matchup between Mets RHP Bartolo Colon and Chitown righty Kyle Hendricks - they called 'em both two of baseball's "most under-the-radar" starting pitchers this year (note Colon was a late replacement named to last week's All-Star Game) ... we happen to agree with that label more for Hendricks (8-6, 2.41 ERA) than we do with Colon (8-4, 3.11 ERA) but we get the gist. So, it got us to thinking 'bout what other starting pitchers in the "bigs" that would fall beneath that "under-the-radar" label and so here's a few names and some handicapping advice:
JULIO TEHERAN, RHP, Atlanta - True, this Braves starter was named to the All-Star Game as his team's sole representative but the fact of the matter is the overall baseball universe has been ultra-slow to pay tribute to Teheran (3-8, 2.79 ERA with an 0.95 WHIP) who's clearly been one of the sport's top five starters this 2016 season. Teheran's numbers include 112 strikeouts to only 26 walks in 125.2 innings and he likely will be a "play" whenever taking a price for his next few starts. Look for Teheran to be taking a modest price in his next start on Friday night in Colorado.
J.A. HAPP, LHP. Toronto - How come we keep hearing all this talk about how the Blue Jays need all sorts of pitching if they're gonna stay in the hunt for a playoff berth in this year's American League? Okay, so Toronto could use another starter but this southpaw-slinging Happ has received no love despite the fact he exited last Sunday's start in Oakland with a spiffy 12-3 record and a near 3-to-1 K-to-BB ratio (see 94 Ks, 33 BB). Go back and look and you will see the Jays have won his last seven consecutive starts and they've really piled up the runs in those games with recent Happ outings getting 'em 17, 14 and 13 runs ... heck, there's MLB starters that haven't gotten that many runs to work with all season long! Happ next goes this weekend against the Seattle Mariners.
TANNER ROARK, RHP, Washington - It's easy to "get lost" on this Nationals' pitching staff with 13-and-oh righty Stephen Strasburg and All-Star RHP Max Scherzer getting loads of ink but how about we salute this righthander who has started 19 games (plus one in relief) and sports a 9-5 record with a 2.82 ERA and exceptional 1.17 WHIP. Note that Roark's fresh off a 6-0 win against Pittsburgh last Saturday night in which he threw eight shutout innings. P.S., it marked the seventh time this year that Roark threw at least six innings and didn't yield a single run. Roark should be "on the bump" Friday night at home versus San Diego and - if that Las Vegas price appears too rich for you - then sit tight and look for 'em next week either at Cleveland or at San Francisco.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUMMER NOTEBOOK
Folks, let's continue our bevy of Jim Sez "Notebooks" this summer with the College Football teams that were big flops as investments a year ago ... now here's a sampling:
AUBURN - This has become a rotten trend for War Eagle ... last year marked the fourth time in the past five years that this SEC team has suffered through a losing spread season as the 2015 Tigers went 4-9 ATS (against the spread) and that included a 2-5 ATS log as betting favorites and a 1-6 ATS mark at home.
What to Watch in 2016 - Auburn gets road games at Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama in the final five weeks of regular-season play and note the Tigers have failed to cover five of their last six away games versus that triumvirate.
GEORGIA TECH - Oh, they were a "wreck" last year as the Ramblin' Wreck of G-Tech finished off the '15 season with a shoddy 3-9 ATS campaign ... and just remember that the Yellow Jackets actually started last year with a 2-and-oh spread mark. Believe it or not, Georgia Tech registered a 1-7 spread mark in ACC games last year with the lone cover occurring in a 22-16 outright win of 5.5-point fav Florida State. Go figure, right?
What to Watch in 2016 - Six of Georgia Tech's first eight games will be played at home but is that necessarily good news after GT went 3-4 vig-wise as hosts last year?
OREGON STATE - No beating around the bush here as last year's Beavers were awful against the odds with a 3-9 ATS mark that "featured" a 28-point loss at two-TD fav Michigan and a 41-0 loss at 16-point favorite UCLA. In fact, the 2015 Oregon State squad was an equal opportunity spread flop with a 2-4 ATS mark away and a 1-5 spread log in Corvallis where the Beavers lost bets to Weber State, Stanford, Colorado, UCLA and Washington. Note this year's sked starts with a Sept. 1 road game in Minnesota and things won't be easy with those Pac-12 back-to-back road tilts at Stanford and UCLA come Nov. 5th and Nov. 12th, respectively.
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