Chien-Ming Wang and the New York Yankees will be
looking to knock off the rival New York Mets when they meet on Sunday night.
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Cliff Lee (6-0, 0.67 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (6-1, 1.12 ERA)
Everyone keeps waiting for Lee to stumble, but the Tribe’s surprise stud
just keeps putting zeroes on the scoreboard. The lefthander was actually denied
a win in his last outing versus the Blue Jays, but he still tossed nine innings
of shutout baseball in that outing. Overall Lee is 6-0 on the season, and his
ERA is down to a ridiculously-low 0.67.
Volquez is basically Lee’s National League
counterpart – no one expected him to be this good this season. The righthander has yet to give up more than a single earned
run in an outing in 2008, and his only loss came on May 2 when he allowed two
runs (just one earned) versus the Braves. Volquez
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Derek Lowe (2-3, 4.62 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver
(2-5, 4.86 ERA)
Lowe will be pitching on just three days’ rest in this contest, as scheduled
starter Brad Penny was scratched with a sore arm. Lowe has given up four or
more earned runs in each of his past three outings, which has boosted his ERA
up to 4.62 on the season. The righthander last won on
April 23, when he shut down the D-Backs over five innings.
Weaver has been up-and-down this season. The young righthander
surrendered eight earned runs over just 3 1-3 innings in his start versus the
Royals on May 7, but he then held the White Sox scoreless on one hit over seven
innings in his most recent outing. Weaver hasn’t earned a victory since he got
past the struggling Tigers back on April 27.
Nate Robertson (1-4, 6.04
ERA) vs. Randy Johnson (3-1, 5.40 ERA)
Robertson is coming off his best performance of the season, as he held the
Royals to two earned runs over seven innings on May 13. However, the lefthander
failed to pick up a victory in that contest; his only win of the season so far
came back on May 1 versus the Yankees when he surrendered four earned runs over
5 2-3 innings pitched.
Johnson has given up eight earned runs over just 11 innings in his past two
starts, but the Diamondbacks’ offense helped him earn victories in each of
those outings. The veteran lefthander has allowed at least four earned runs in
four of his six starts so far in 2008, but he’s managed to strike out 32
batters while walking 11 over his 31 2-3 innings.
Oliver Perez (3-3, 4.61 ERA) vs. Chien-Ming
Wang (6-1, 2.90 ERA)
This IL matchup is always popular among the sportsbooks. Perez got back into the
win column last time out, holding the Reds to three earned runs on just three
hits over six innings of work. The lefthander had struggled in his previous
three outings (all losses), with his worst start happening against the Pirates
on April 30 when he surrendered seven runs (two earned) and was yanked after
just 1 2-3 innings.
Wang was finally tagged with his first loss of the season on May 7 versus
the Indians (three earned runs over seven innings), and he took a no-decision
against the Rays in his most recent outing. The righthander,
though, gave up just one earned run on seven hits over seven innings versus
which dropped his ERA down to 2.90 this year.