Interleague play continues on Saturday, with the Milwaukee Brewers getting a much-needed home matchup against the Minnesota Twins. The Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo has thrown like an ace in every game he’s pitched this year – with the exception of those against the St. Louis Cardinals. Against the Cards he has a 22.24 ERA in two starts; in his other six outings he has a 2.54 ERA and has delivered a quality start every time out (six innings-plus of work; three runs or less allowed).
The Twins have been woeful this season. They are second-to-last in runs scored per game in the American League and going into the weekend they were 6-12 on the road. Minnesota starter Carl Pavano has been battling injury and it’s shown: he’s 2-3 with a 5.14 ERA. Choose the Brewers at 2.55 and avoid the visiting Twins at 2.45.
The clash of the two California Bay Area teams – the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s – should result in a low scoring contest. The Giants are thirteenth (out of sixteen teams) in runs scored in the National League, while the A’s are dead last in the AL. The A’s are also missing their best offensive threat, Yoenis Cespedes.
Oakland’s Tyson Ross has struggled overall this season (2-3, 6.25ERA), but he’s coming off a confidence-boosting result, throwing six scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Monday. His pitching opponent, Ryan Vogelsong, has been a bit more consistent, posting a 2.66 ERA. He’s also lasted at least six innings in all his starts. Look for the under on 7.0 runs to come in at 1.85 instead of the over at 1.95.