The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have the upper hand when they host the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. The Angels’ C.J. Wilson takes to the mound in the midst of a commanding stretch: he hasn’t allowed more than a single earned run in any start in more than a month (during that period, since May 12, he boasts a 1.04 ERA).
The Giants pitcher, Barry Zito, hasn’t been in great form. After beginning the season in promising style, he’s gone three straight games without a quality start (that’s at least six innings pitched while allow three earned runs or less). In his last outing he struggled mightily with his pitching command, walking the bases loaded before giving up a grand slam against the Houston Astros. Angels at 1.45 should roll to victory in this one over the Giants at 2.75.
Go with the New York Mets over the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Johan Santana should return to form after two shaky outings for New York. Santana, who threw a no-hitter three starts ago, has suffered through the typical fatigue that comes after such a gem. The reason for the regression is typically because a pitcher has to throw more pitches to complete the no-hitter than in their regular starts. In the case of Santana, who was coming off shoulder surgery, his extra work with the no-hitter certainly wore him down. Expect him to now round back into form – especially as he’s at home, where he’s 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA in 2012. An added factor in favour of the Mets: Baltimore pitcher Tommy Hunter has been very hittable this season, posting a 5.58 ERA. Mets at 1.57 is the bet; not the Orioles at 2.40.