Aces are Wild

There are aces pitching every day in MLB and this Wednesday is no exception. Here’s the latest from, who already has the latest odds.

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Boston Red Sox (-175) at Cleveland Indians 7:05 PM

Clay Buchholz (8-3, 2.39 ERA) vs. Justin Masterson (1-5, 5.46 ERA)

Buchholz was considered the fourth starter on Boston at the beginning of the year after Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester, So far, Buchholz has the lowest ERA of the bunch, although Lester is pitching great lately too.

The 25-year-old Buchholz has won his last five starts with a .99 ERA. The righty threw a complete game five-hitter at Baltimore last outing. Manager Terry Francona may not be ready to call him team ace, but he’s pitching like one.

Chicago Cubs (-110) at Milwaukee Brewers - 8:10 PM

Carlos Zambrano (1-4, 6.14 ERA) vs. Randy Wolf (4-5, 4.66 ERA)

Zambrano has been an ace for a number of years and is trying to regain his old form. He started out the season in his normal starter role, but manager Lou Piniella moved him to the ailing bullpen after just four starts.

He returned to start last week against the Houston Astros and struggled (three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings). ‘Big Z’ is not in danger of going back to the pen, but the Cubs need him to pitch like an ace if they have any hope of making the playoffs.

St. Louis Cardinals (-105) at L.A. Dodgers 10:10 PM

Adam Wainwright (8-3, 2.05 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 3.06 ERA)

These are two legitimate aces. Wainwright shares the spotlight with St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter. Wainwright threw a complete game two-hitter against Milwaukee last time out. He’s almost as good away (2.39 ERA) as home (1.62 ERA).

Kershaw is a 22-year-old lefty who has six quality starts in his last six outings. His strikeout rate is also very impressive at 10.19. Kershaw’s ERA is a little misleading due to one terrible start against Milwaukee. Throw that out and his ERA would be 2.21.

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Posted: 6/9/10 4:25PM ET


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