MLB Daily Market Trends: Moving Day

Dan FabrizioSenior Analyst IAugust 22, 2008

Moving Today's Market

There are quite a few large line movements for today's games. The biggest movement of the day comes in the Cincinnati and Colorado match up, but the change from a Pinnacle opening of Colorado -230 to -119 is due to a pitching change. All-Star Aaron Cook (15-8, 3.86 ERA) was the Rockies' original starter, but was replaced by retread Livan Hernandez (11-9, 6.07). Reds starter Aaron Harang (3-13, 5.59) is still trying to regain his form after DL stint. Another huge line movement comes in the Pittsburgh-Milwaukee game. The Brewers are receiving 73% of the moneyline bets, and the line has followed this strong backing. Milwaukee and starter Dave Bush (7-9, 4.26) have moved from -240 favorites at Pinnacle to -270. Greg Maddux's (6-9, 3.99) reintroduction to the Dodgers starting rotation is an interesting game. Los Angeles is only drawing 53% of the moneyline bets, but have caused a strong push in the line. The Phillies opened up at -134, but are currently at -117. This looks like there is some heavy money behind Mad Dog and the Dodgers. Another former Braves pitcher returns to his team tonight, and he gets to face Atlanta. Adam Wainwright (6-3, 3.14) comes off the DL from an injured finger to start for the Cardinals. St. Louis is receiving over 85% of moneyline bets, and the line has moved to make them even stronger favorites. The Cardinals opened as -184 favorites at Pinnacle, but are now -201 favorites.

Key Injury Updates

Josh BardPadresElbowProbably FridayJosh Bard is expected to come off the disabled list in time to start Friday's series with the Giants.
Jason SchmidtDodgersShoulderRehabJason Schmidt could be moved to the bullpen if he's able to return before the end of the season.
Rafael SorianoBravesElbowSurgeryRafael Soriano could undergo exploratory surgery on his ailing elbow.
Austin KearnsNationalsElbowDoubtful FridayAustin Kearns is out of Friday's lineup due to lingering soreness in his elbow.

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Tomorrow's Market Mover

Carl Pavano makes his season debut for the Yankees, but it is probably too late to endear himself to Yankee fans after taking $40 million over the last four seasons. Two of the NL's best starters square off in Colorado. Reds' rookie Edinson Volquez squares off against Rockies' sinkerballer Aaron Cook in the thin air of Denver. A pair of young southpaws take the mound in Philly as Cole Hames and the Phillies host Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.