Bits: Erik Bedard, Mat Latos look sharp
Seattle Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard tossed six shutout innings at Target Field on Wednesday, allowing six hits and striking out four. Bedard has lowered his season ERA in seven consecutive starts and is now sitting at 3.48. Bedard walked 11 hitters his first four starts. Since then, he's issued seven walks in five starts. He's back. Own him.
San Diego Padres right-hander Mat Latos got his second win of the season, allowing one run over eight innings Wednesday. As unhappy as Latos owners might be, this potential ace has usable peripheral numbers -- 4.08 ERA, 1.26 WHIP -- and nearly a strikeout per inning. If you can still buy low, do so.
Latos outdueled beleaguered Chris Carpenter, as the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander remains stuck on one win. Carpenter tossed seven excellent innings at Petco Park, then lost it in the eighth. Still, stick with him. Carpenter's hit rate seems inflated by a high BABIP, and he's capable of running off a winning streak at any time.
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