The Toronto Blue Jays will ride a little momentum to victory when they host the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. The Blue Jays came into 2013 highly touted, but have been a disappointment for most of this young season.
Still, they’ve shown some signs of life as of late. Coming into this game they’ve won two straight and five of their past eight.
Their starter R.A. Dickey is still trying to find his footing, but he is coming off a quality start against the Tampa Bay Rays (six innings; two earned runs). Dickey also has a pretty good track record against the Giants hitters. Collectively, they’ve batted .228 against the knuckleballer.
San Francisco starter Barry Zito certainly has a sparkling overall line this season – 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA. But those totals don’t tell the whole story.
On the road, he’s been dismal. While he has a 3-0 record with a 0.55 ERA at AT&T Park, he’s 0-1 with a 14.21 ERA in two road performances. Coming off a 12-run scoring fiesta against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, the Blue Jays’ lineup is poised to tee off against Zito. Take Toronto at 1.72.
Scott Kazmir is looking like his old self and that’s great news for the Cleveland Indians when they visit Philadelphia to face the Phillies.
After years of injury, Kazmir appears a lot like the former All Star pitcher he once was. He’s consistently throwing pitches above 90 miles per hour and can touch 96 mph, which is a lot of velocity for a left-hander.
When he’s pitched, the results have shown this renewed ability. After a terrible opening start against the Houston Astros on April 20 when he gave up six runs in 3 1/3 innings, Kazmir has been tough. He’s only allowed five runs over 17 innings in his following three appearances.
The Phillies will not be happy to see the left-handed Kazmir as the club has hit dramatically worse against left-handers (.232 with a .287 on base percentage) than righties (.259 with a .320 OBP).
They counter with Jonathan Pettibone. He’s pitched solidly so far in his rookie campaign (2-0 with a 3.63 ERA). But even if he keeps that level of performance steady, he has yet to show that he can go deep in games.
In four starts he’s only completed six innings of work once. That means the Phillies bullpen, which is below average in the National League in terms of keep run totals down, will be called on to fill in the gaps. Go with Cleveland, on at 1.80, to nab the victory.
Best Bet: Back the Toronto Blue Jays at 1.72
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