MLB: D-Backs' Haren a road favorite in K.C.

MLB: D-Backs' Haren a road favorite in K.C.

It seemingly happens every year, a Major League hurler pitches dramatically better than what his numbers show. This year's candidate is Dan Haren of Arizona. His team, the Diamondbacks, have been in peril all season. Arizona is the second worst wager in t


2009-06-18

It seemingly happens every year, a Major League hurler pitches dramatically better than what his numbers show. This year's candidate is Dan Haren of Arizona. His team, the Diamondbacks, have been in peril all season. Arizona is the second worst wager in the big leagues at -12.2 units and new manager A.J. Hench already had to have a closed door meeting before last night's game about what has been happening on the field. Are they worthy of road favorite status in K.C. tonight? You decide, then put your backing behind it by clicking on the BET NOW page.

One player that did not need to attend was Haren, whose 5-4 record is certainly run of the mill until you do a little work inside the numbers. Haren earned run average is 2.20, which is fifth in baseball for any pitcher making at least eight starts. His WHIP is second among all pitchers at ridiculously low 0.809. The deliberate right-hander has given up only 63 hits in 94 innings of work and he's averaged nearly a strikeout per inning with his total of 90.

Haren has a number of pitches he throws for strikes, walking a batter once every 7+ innings this season for strikeout to walk ratio of 6.9 to 1, which most relievers would be jealous of, let alone starters.

In his 13 starts, he allowed two or fewer runs 10 times, with the team posting just a 6-4 record in those contests. Haren in the early portion of the season was snake-bit (intentional pun), as Arizona averaged only 2.7 runs in his first eight starts. Maybe the D-Backs players felt guilty about watching all these exemplary efforts go for naught and have scored 6.7 runs per game since when Haren takes the mound. Haren's done what he could to help his own cause with seven hits in 31 at bats from the nine-hole.

Tonight, Haren will try and lead his club to something it has not done lately, win a series. The Snakes are 0-4-2 in last six series, but are 9-4 on the road when Haren starts against a losing team like Kansas City (29-35, -6.7 units). Even with the former Cardinals and Athletic on the hill, Arizona isn't a lock since they are 7-20 off a win.

Sportsbook.com has Arizona as -140 money line favorites with a total of Un8. The D-Backs are 12-5 as road favorites of less than -150 and are 10-3 in interleague action when favored by -150 or less.

Kansas City's Luke Hochevar (2-2, 5.60) will try to see what he can do to stop Arizona's bats that produced 12 runs last night. Hochevar has won both his starts since being recalled from Triple-A and the last was beauty, a complete game three-hitter against Cincinnati. The Royals have been coming around, winning five of last seven, scoring 5.7 runs per game, compared to season average of just 4.2.

Two ways to look at this game for K.C., they are 22-10 (+14.0 Units) against the money line having won four of their last five games or 6-16 (-12.0 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent as a home favorite.

The ballgame is scheduled to start at 8:10 Eastern and is available in local markets, with Haren 8 -0 in his last nine interleague starts.

StatFox Power Line Arizona -139

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