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Joe Musgrove

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The ScoreHarrison to power Giants over lowly Marlins

Find year-round coverage of betting news and insights for all sports by visiting our Betting section and subscribing to push notifications.We have an exciting 14-game slate ahead of us Monday night. Let's look at a few plays that pop off the page as we look to rebound from a tough Friday night for our best bets.Kyle Harrison: Over 16.5 outsHarrison has completed at least six innings in two of three starts this season. The lone failure came against a lethal Dodgers offense that hasn't allowed a single starting pitcher to reach that mark all season.The Giants are getting good length from their young pitcher, which should continue Monday night. To say the Marlins have struggled against lefties would be an understatement. They're as bad as it gets.The Marlins are sporting a .179 batting average and .256 xwOBA versus left-handed arms this season. They also have a league-worst barrel rate of just 3.8%. They don't hit for average, power, or generate walks.Harrison throws a ton of strikes and doesn't issue many free passes. That means the Marlins will need to string together hits to chase him from this game, which feels like a lot to ask from a team that isn't even hitting close to .200 versus pitchers of Harrison's handedness.Look for Harrison to pitch six innings (or more) and go over this number comfortably.Odds: -125 (playable to -160)Giants (-115) @ Marlins (-105)The Marlins are a complete disaster. They've won only three of 16 games this season and now have to deal with a promising lefty in Harrison. That isn't what the doctor ordered for a Marlins attack that underwhelms at the best of times.Harrison should be able to chew up innings against a completely inept lefty-hitting team that just so happens to have more plate appearances against lefties than anybody. The sample size will cross 300 in the first inning, so this isn't just a case of variance over a small amount of at-bats. There's a ton of evidence the Marlins are the worst offense in the majors versus left-handed arms.A.J. Puk will be scratched for the Marlins due to illness, allowing Edward Cabrera to make his season debut. Puk starting would've been preferable, but the Giants should still be in good shape versus Cabrera.The Giants have hit righties fairly well thus far. They rank 12th in xwOBA, tied for 13th in homers, and walk at an above-average rate. They're a competent offense.I don't think they'll need to provide Harrison too much support, given the Marlins' ineptitude at the dish.This is a good matchup for the Giants, who are a little slow out of the gate, to right the ship and get back on track.Bet: Giants (-115)Joe Musgrove: Under 17.5 outsMusgrove is off to a rocky start. He's allowed 14 runs through four games and posted alarmingly poor underlying numbers. At the top of the list is a .409 xwOBA, the second worst of all the pitchers projected to start a game Monday.Musgrove has pitched against a difficult string of opponents, already seeing prolific offenses like the Dodgers and Cubs. A date with the Brewers isn't exactly a step in the right direction.The Brewers are hitting .303 with a league-high 21 homers against right-handed pitching. They're making life miserable for opposing pitchers.In fact, only two starters have completed six innings against the Brewers this season. That's pretty remarkable given this will be Milwaukee's 15th game.Given Musgrove's struggles, and how well the Brewers have hit righties, this doesn't look like a good matchup for him to get back on track and pitch deep into the game.Odds: -115 (playable to -140)Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on X at @ToddCordell.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Apr 15, 2024

The ScoreMLB Power Rankings: Yankees look great, Houston's got a problem

Welcome to the second edition of our MLB Power Rankings for the 2024 regular season. There's been a lot of movement since the first edition was published Opening Day. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 11-7 5-5 +12 1 (-) Shohei Ohtani's handled himself well despite off-field distractions involving his former interpreter. The Japanese star owns a 1.048 OPS, has eight multi-hit games, and ranks first in MLB in total bases. Pair his early work with impressive starts from Mookie Betts and Teoscar Hern ndez and it's clear why the Dodgers remain No. 1.2. Atlanta Braves Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-5 6-4 +19 2 (-) Atlanta survived some early adversity to sit atop the NL East, and it's all thanks to the bats. Despite Ronald Acu a Jr.'s slow start and Sean Murphy hitting the IL, six qualified Braves hitters own an OPS above .800, and their 130 wRC+ is tops in MLB. Of greater concern is pitching: Max Fried's early struggles loom even larger now that Spencer Strider's season is over.3. New York Yankees Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 12-4 7-3 +21 8 (+5) The Yankees relied on Aaron Judge to carry the offense heavily in recent years, so their racking up wins despite his slow start is encouraging. Anthony Volpe looks excellent, hitting .382/.477/.564 through 15 games, while Oswaldo Cabrera owns three homers and an .880 OPS in 12 games after posting a .574 OPS across 115 games last year.4. Milwaukee Brewers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 10-4 6-4 +31 19 (+15) The Brewers are off to an excellent start thanks to a fun offense. Milwaukee sits second in the majors with an .838 OPS, trailing only Atlanta. The team's been at its best in the clutch, hitting .362/.413/.589 with RISP. Christian Yelich, Willy Adames, and William Contreras have already combined for 12 home runs and 35 RBIs.5. Baltimore Orioles Daniel Shirey / Major League Baseball / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-6 6-4 +14 5 (-) Camden Yards is going to need more cowbell. With all the attention on Jackson Holliday's arrival, it's been fellow rookie Colton Cowser who's stolen the show. The 24-year-old has a team-leading three home runs, six doubles and a 1.445 OPS through 14 games. Cowser terrorized the Red Sox at Fenway Park, driving in 10 runs in three games.6. Texas Rangers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 8-8 4-6 +14 6 (-) Adolis Garc a's picked up where he left off last October. The 2023 ALCS MVP has powered a Rangers offense missing Josh Jung and Nathaniel Lowe, helping secure multiple wins over rival Houston and an early lead in the AL West. Texas is the only AL West club with a positive run differential, owing mostly to Garc a, their only qualified player with a .900-plus OPS and more than two home runs.7. Kansas City Royals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 10-6 8-2 +37 26 (+19) The Royals are the surprising owners of MLB's best run differential after being outscored by 183 last year. Bobby Witt Jr. already has four home runs, six doubles, and three stolen bases in 16 games, while Brady Singer (0.98 ERA), Seth Lugo (1.45), and Cole Ragans (1.93) have been incredible through 10 starts.8. Pittsburgh Pirates Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 11-5 6-4 +24 24 (+16) The Pirates started 5-0 for the first time in 41 years. Mart n P rez has been great, allowing only four earned runs with one homer over 19 innings, while rookie Jared Jones looks like he'll be a rotation mainstay after recording 25 strikeouts over his first three starts. It's only a matter of time before top prospect Paul Skenes arrives in the majors, as he's posted an absurd 18.3 K/9 without allowing a run at Triple-A this season.9. Philadelphia Phillies Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 8-8 6-4 -13 4 (-5) The Phillies have been led by some unlikely players: Brandon Marsh owns a club-leading four homers with a .958 OPS, while Spencer Turnbull, who threw a no-hitter with the Tigers in 2021 before struggling after Tommy John surgery, has a 1.80 ERA with 15 strikeouts over his first three starts.10. Cleveland Guardians Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 10-5 7-3 +29 22 (+12) Shane Bieber's dominant start to his season was stopped cold by a torn UCL, and a thinned-out Guardians rotation has been ineffective at filling the void. Triston McKenzie's struggles are particularly concerning for a team that relies heavily on its starters. Luckily, Cleveland's bullpen owns the majors' second-lowest ERA (1.88).11. Chicago Cubs Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-6 6-4 +13 14 (+3) The Cubs may have found something in Michael Busch, acquired in an offseason trade with the Dodgers. Busch leads Chicago in slugging percentage (.694) and OPS (1.087) and homered in his fourth consecutive game Sunday (adding to his team lead in that category, too). He's one round-tripper away from tying the club record for homers in consecutive games.12. Cincinnati Reds Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-6 6-4 +22 17 (+5) The Elly De La Cruz show has been a roller coaster through the Reds' first 16 games, but the shortstop remains an entertaining watch. Three of his four homers have exceeded 110 mph off his bat, with his other round-tripper an inside-the-park job. He ranks second on the team in OPS (.962) and is tied for fourth in the league in steals (six).13. Arizona Diamondbacks Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 8-8 4-6 +21 7 (-6) The reigning NL champs are off to a mediocre start after early meetings with the Yankees and Braves. They've still played .500 ball with Corbin Carroll struggling (.233 AVG, .650 OPS), Eduardo Rodriguez injured, and Jordan Montgomery yet to make a start. E-Rod's rehab was recently paused due to a setback, but Montgomery's expected to make his debut April 19.14. San Diego Padres Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-9 6-4 +6 15 (+1) Early returns on Dylan Cease are great, and the Padres need the help with Joe Musgrove struggling (6.87 ERA, 1.75 WHIP). Cease struck out six or more in each of his three starts while allowing two earned runs or fewer. His 2.16 ERA and 0.84 WHIP are tops among Padres starters.15. Boston Red Sox John McCoy / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-7 5-5 +12 16 (+1) Boston's excellent 7-3 road start was quickly forgotten once it got home. The Red Sox are 2-4 at Fenway Park and a brutal 5-17 at home dating back to last September. Boston looks extremely vulnerable defensively following Trevor Story's injury, ranking last in the majors with 16 errors. Still, the club's starters own the lowest ERA (2.05) in MLB.16. Tampa Bay Rays Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-7 6-4 -14 12 (-4) The Rays haven't taken advantage of a fairly light opening schedule. Splitting a four-game set in Colorado - with one loss coming on a walk-off grand slam following closer Pete Fairbanks' meltdown - isn't something you expect from a team with contention hopes. Fairbanks' early struggles, and starter Zach Eflin's, could be huge causes for concern.17. New York Mets Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 7-8 7-3 +1 18 (+1) Pete Alonso's displaying his prodigious power early in his walk year, sitting second in MLB with six homers in 15 games. The only problem: Five of those blasts came with no one one. Edwin D az is three-for-three in save opportunities in his return, striking out nine in six innings.18. Toronto Blue Jays Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 8-8 5-5 -18 10 (-8) Toronto came into the season banking on internal improvement from a number of players, but it hasn't happened so far. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (.677 OPS), George Springer (.668), Daulton Varsho (.608), and Alejandro Kirk (.429) are struggling early. Luckily, the team signed ageless Justin Turner, and the 39-year-old's hitting .386/.481/.614 with a team-leading seven doubles and eight RBIs.19. Houston Astros Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 6-11 4-6 -13 3 (-16) It's shocking to see how poorly Houston's pitching. The team ranks 28th in WHIP (1.52) and 29th in ERA (5.32), though injuries are at least partially to blame. Josh Hader and Ryan Pressly have already allowed 10 runs in 13 innings, and Ronel Blanco - who only made the club because of injury issues - has started in half the team's wins (while also throwing the season's first no-hitter).20. Detroit Tigers Megan Briggs / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-6 4-6 -2 21 (+1) Tarik Skubal's one of the few bright spots on a Tigers team with a solid record despite numerous mediocre early performances. The left-hander owns a 2.08 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in three starts. Spencer Torkelson's yet to homer in 63 at-bats, while it may be time to talk about Javier B ez's future. The shortstop's hitting .140/.152/.209 with 14 strikeouts and one extra-base hit in 13 games, and is still owed close to $100 million.21. San Francisco Giants Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 6-10 4-6 -12 9 (-12) Signing Jordan Hicks as a starter has been an early success. The right-hander owns a 1.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP, with hitters batting only .194 against him through 18 innings. However, some of the team's other high-profile offseason signings are off to much chillier starts: Matt Chapman's hitting .200/.257/.369 across 16 games, while Jung Hoo Lee has three extra-base hits in 62 at-bats.22. St. Louis Cardinals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 7-9 4-6 -9 20 (-2) The Cardinals spent much of the offseason addressing pitching, but their offense is letting them down so far. St. Louis ranks 21st in runs, 24th in OBP, and 25th in homers. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado combined for two homers and 29 strikeouts through 16 games.23. Seattle Mariners Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 6-10 3-7 -23 11 (-12) The Mariners' priority over the winter was remaking their offense, but a lot of the same problems remain. Seattle's struck out 167 times in 16 games, the third-worst mark in baseball. Making things worse: The team's .590 OPS ranks 28th - only the Marlins and White Sox are worse. Julio Rodr guez is off to a painfully slow start, hitting .186/.238/.203 with one extra-base hit and 21 strikeouts.24. Minnesota Twins Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 6-8 4-6 -7 13 (-11) Injuries and an anemic offense have killed the Twins early. Minnesota ranks 27th in runs, slugging, and OPS, and 30th in average, as Carlos Correa, Royce Lewis, and Max Kepler all are on the IL. Byron Buxton - actually healthy to start the season! - is hitting .196/.240/.261 with no home runs or stolen bases and 18 strikeouts in 14 games.25. Los Angeles Angels Megan Briggs / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 7-8 4-6 -9 23 (-2) Mike Trout's received some help from his supporting cast early this season, but it doesn't seem like it'll be enough to make the Angels contenders. The three-time MVP already has six home runs, but five came with no one on base. Anthony Rendon has no homers and one RBI in 13 games.26. Oakland Athletics Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 7-9 6-4 -22 29 (+3) Paul Blackburn is healthy again and off to an incredible start: the 2022 All-Star's thrown 19 1/3 scoreless innings. It's the longest scoreless streak to open a season for the franchise since it moved to Oakland in 1968.27. Washington Nationals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 6-9 4-6 -14 27 (-) CJ Abrams appears to have taken another step forward: the 23-year-old's gone deep three times with nine RBIs and a .944 OPS. On the pitching side, left-hander MacKenzie Gore looks sharp, with a 2.81 ERA and 23 strikeouts across 16 innings.28. Colorado Rockies Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 4-12 3-7 -34 30 (+2) The Rockies are yet to win a series despite several hitters' hot starts. Ryan McMahon is slashing .373/.457/.559 with two homers and a team-leading 11 RBIs, while Brenton Doyle, Ezequiel Tovar, and Charlie Blackmon have an .800 OPS or better. The pitching's been dreadful: Colorado has an MLB-worst 6.29 ERA.29. Miami Marlins Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 3-13 3-7 -35 25 (-4) The Marlins narrowly avoided becoming the seventh team in MLB history to open a season with 10 straight losses, and that's about the only positive to come out of Miami so far. While rookie starter Max Meyer's looked good, he's received little help from the majors' worst offense, which continues to lack any power.30. Chicago White Sox Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 2-13 1-9 -51 28 (-2) Eloy Jim nez, Luis Robert Jr., and Yoan Moncada are all on the IL, which is partly why the White Sox have scored the majors' fewest runs. At least Garrett Crochet's move to the rotation has been a success. The right-hander owns a 3.57 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Apr 15, 2024

Yahoo SportsMorel's 1st career grand slam carries Cubs to 5-1 win over the Padres

Christopher Morel hit his first career grand slam and Yan Gomes also connected for the Chicago Cubs, who beat Joe Musgrove and the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Tuesday night.

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Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024

The ScoreTellez rips Pirates fans for booing closer Bednar: 'We don't do that' here

Pittsburgh Pirates fans weren't happy with closer David Bednar after his latest rough outing, and their reaction drew the ire of first baseman Rowdy Tellez.Bednar, last year's National League saves leader, saw his difficult start to 2024 continue Tuesday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers. After entering with a 3-1 lead, Bednar proceeded to blow his third save opportunity of the season by allowing four earned runs in just one-third of an inning. The PNC Park crowd showered the two-time All-Star stopper in boos as he left the mound.(Video source: held on in the bottom of the ninth to grab a 5-3 win and drop the Pirates to 9-3.The jeers from fans didn't sit well at all with Tellez, who interrupted Bednar's postgame scrum to chastise the behavior."This is the pride of Pittsburgh," Tellez said of Bednar, a native of the city. "To everybody: We don't do that (boo) out here. ... We're gonna get our man back on track, but what happened today is, I think, unacceptable. We as a group in Pittsburgh gotta be better." Before David Bednar spoke to reporters Rowdy Tellez stepped in and delivered a message, backing his closer: Noah Hiles (@_NoahHiles) April 9, 2024 Bednar has been one of the Pirates' few bright spots during the rebuilding club's last few seasons. Acquired from San Diego in 2021 as part of the return for Joe Musgrove, he quickly broke out as an indispensable piece of their bullpen and one of the better closers in baseball. Last year, the 29-year-old set career-best marks in ERA (2.00), saves (39), and strikeouts (80) while placing third in fWAR among qualified relievers.Things haven't gone as smoothly for him in 2024, though. Tuesday's outing spiked his ERA to 12.46 and his WHIP to 1.62, while his three blown saves match his total from all of last season.Bednar seemed slightly surprised but appreciative of Tellez's statement."Obviously, there's peaks and valleys through every season, and we're gonna get over this," he told reporters, per Hannah Mears of SportsNet Pittsburgh. "It's definitely tough (to struggle), but seeing these guys have my back, it's huge."Tellez joined the Pirates on a one-year, $3.2-million contract in free agency this winter. The 29-year-old owns a .273/.385/.364 slash line with one home run and six RBIs through his first 12 games in black and gold.The Pirates are off to a strong start for the second straight season after surprising the baseball world by going 20-9 last April. However, they couldn't sustain that pace and finished 76-86, their seventh losing record in the last eight campaigns.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Tuesday, Apr 9, 2024

The ScorePadres' Musgrove appreciates having closer pitch more than 3 outs

San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove is quickly becoming a fan of new closer Robert Suarez.Suarez recorded five outs in Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals to earn his third save of the season. It's already his second appearance of more than three outs this year."Having a closer that you can go out there and rely on for more than just three outs is huge to us here," Musgrove said, according to reporter Annie Heilbrunn. "He's always willing to take the ball, and we're grateful for it."Suarez has registered a 2.25 ERA with five strikeouts in four innings this season.Josh Hader occupied the closer's role last season. He didn't make a single appearance of more than three outs across 61 games for the Padres in 2023. He joined the Houston Astros on a five-year, $95-million contract in the offseason.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Thursday, Apr 4, 2024