Screen Shot Saturday
Giants @ A’s — Barry Zito has not started a MLB game since September of 2013. The veteran went 8-7 with a 3.46 ERA in 24 appearances for Triple-A Nashville. This will be Tim Hudson’s first start in Oakland for an opposing team. He beat the A’s earlier this year in San Francisco after giving up 3 runs and seven hits in five innings of work. This game in a tough handicap since Zito is a major unknown.
Rangers @ Astros — This game is a rematch of a September 15th meeting in Arlington which Texas won 6-5. Neither starting pitcher lasted long in that game. Texas’ Derek Holland gave up 5 runs and 10 hits while Houston’s Collin McHugh also gave up 5 runs on eight hits. Both pitchers are in poor form, especially Holland who has a 9.00 ERA and 2.06 WHIP in his last three starts. I like Over 8 (-115).
Twins @ Tigers — Detroit’s Alfredo Simon is 13-10 with a 5.21 ERA in 29 starts. He has allowed 16 runs and 30 hits in his last three starts. Simon’s last three outings against the Twins have been good and bad. He beat the Twins in Minnesota just 11 days ago. But he also gave up 7 runs and 10 hits in just 2.1 innings of work back on July 11th. Which Simon will show up for this game?
Rays @ Jays — Toronto’s David Price is 17-5 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 31 starts this season. Price has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 19 of his last 23 outings. The southpaw did have a rough outing in Tampa Bay back in July when he allowed 5 runs and seven hits in six innings. Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer has very good numbers against the Blue Jays. He has given up just 3 earned runs in his last three starts against Toronto. These two teams are 6-1-1 to the Under in their last eight meetings in Toronto. I like Under 7 (-115).
Dodgers @ Rockies — LA’s Brett Anderson has a 2.20 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in three starts against Colorado this season. He also has a win in Coors Field in a game where he allowed 1 unearned run in five innings of work. Colorado’s Kyle Kendrick has a 3-9 record with a 6.46 ERA in 13 career starts against the Dodgers. He was shelled for 6 runs and 10 hits in 5.1 innings pitched at home back on June 1st. Despite the high price tag (-170), I’d only back the Dodgers in this game.