Pitcher Tommy Milone is Oakland’s essential when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Milone has been dominant at the Coliseum, where he’s put up a 0.98 ERA (compared to his 7.42 ERA on the road). Even if he can’t pull out a victory, the confidence he brings to his home starts will keep the Dodgers bats at bay.
His pitching opponent Nathan Eovaldi has shown considerable talent since his recent call up. He’s conceded just five earned runs in 24 2/3 innings. Though he hasn’t picked up a win, he does have a 1.82 ERA. Both pitchers will show well in this one, which means run scoring will be down. Go with under 7.0 runs at 1.95 rather than the over at 1.85.
Yu Darvish’s first season in the Major Leagues hasn’t been as impressive as some expected, but look for the Japanese import to carry the Texas Rangers to victory against the Padres in San Diego. The key issue with Darvish is control: in each of his four losses this year he’s walked at least three batters. He’s 4-0 when he’s given up two or fewer base-on balls. In a spacious stadium like Petco Park, Darvish should feel comfortable challenging hitters. The result will be fewer walks and a strong performance.
Even if Darvish isn’t completely sharp, he has the added bonus of facing up against Padres pitcher Anthony Bass, who is 2-7 with a 4.88 ERA. Bass has really struggled of late: he’s given up 26 earned runs in his last 26 1/3 innings. Texas is the clear choice here at 1.52; don’t be tempted by San Diego at 2.55.