Top $$$ Pitchers in the MLB

Greg RiotAnalyst IJune 1, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16:  Eric Stults #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the game at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The month of June is finally here, meaning that baseball betting is about to become king for the summer! Check out BetUS Sportsbook’s list of the top $$$ pitchers the National League has to offer heading into June!

1) Eric Stults, Los Angeles Dodgers (7-2, +$585) (LW: 1)

Stults had a pair of bad starts this week, but was bailed out by his offense in one of the two games. He gave up eight runs in just 7.1 innings pitched against Colorado and Chicago, and is starting to look more like a dead nuts fade until his numbers start to level out. There’s a reason he was an underdog in each of his L/3 starts.

2) Jason Marquis, Colorado Rockies (7-3, +$526) (LW: 4)

The efficient Marquis had a third straight incredible start for the Rockies this week, as he fired eight scoreless innings and only threw 105 pitches to show for it. It’s a shame that Colorado is one of the worst teams in baseball, though that fact may make Marquis a prized possession in a few weeks for a team looking to add a hot arm to its roster for the postseason push.

3) Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds (7-3, +$490) (LW: NR)

Speaking of efficiency, has it gotten much more efficient than Bronson Arroyo of late? Two weeks ago, he completed eight innings in just 105 pitches and only gave up two runs in Cincy’s 3-1 win over Cleveland.

On Wednesday, he did even better, pitching a complete game in just 92 pitches in the Reds’ 6-1 win over the Astros. If not for allowing nine runs in one inning back on May 6th, Arroyo would have a 3.94 ERA. As it is, his ERA is over 5.00.

4) Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins (8-3, +$479) (LW: NR)

It’s been awhile since Johnson appeared on this list, but he’s back thanks to the fact that he’s led the Fish to back-to-back victories as short favorites. All of the stats you want to see from a pitcher are there for Johnson, save his pitch count, which has exceeded 100 in all but two starts this season.

5) Mike Pelfrey, New York Mets (7-2, +$472) (LW: NR)

Pelfrey may be 0-1 in his L/4 starts, but the Mets went 3-1 in that stretch. It hasn’t been a matter of good fortune for New York’s righty either.

He hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in a game since April 13th, but has only gotten nine runs of support in his L/4 starts, most of which have come in the final three innings of the game. Expect to see more wins for Pelfrey in the future as the Mets heat up.

6) David Bush, Milwaukee Brewers (7-3, +$466) (LW: NR)

Manager Ken Macha must have it really rough. He’s got four starting pitchers in the Top-20 in money earned in the NL, all four of which have made appearances in the Top-7 in the L/5 weeks.

Bush becomes the newest entrant in spite of the fact that he gave up five runs in four innings against the Reds on Saturday. He owes his bullpen and offense a steak dinner, as the offense put up nine runs while the bullpen pitched five spotless frames to save him from defeat.

7) Braden Looper, Milwaukee Brewers (7-3, +$451) (LW: NR)

Looper had arguably his best start of the season on Friday, tossing seven innings and allowing just two runs to the Reds in Milwaukee’s 3-2 victory. Looper and the Brew Crew are 3-1 and up $219 in his L/4 starts after dropping back-to-back games to start the month of May.

Back in the bullpen…

Wandy Rodriguez, Houston Astros (LW: 2)

Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles Dodgers (LW: 3)

Jon Garland, Arizona Diamondbacks (LW: 5)

Jeff Suppan, Milwaukee Brewers (LW: 6)

Mitchell Boggs, St. Louis Cardinals (LW: 7)