Home field advantage will be the difference maker when the Colorado Rockies travel to St Louis to take on the Cardinals. St Louis, one of baseball’s hottest teams as of late, give Jaime Garcia, a pitcher with excellent confidence at Busch Stadium, the starting assignment. This year he’s 1-0 with a 1.66 ERA in three starts there and for his career he’s an impressive 21-11 with a 2.41 ERA in St Louis. The left-handed Garcia may also give the Rockies some trouble. While Colorado has hit well overall in 2013, they’ve posted a lower batting average and a lower slugging percentage against lefties compared to right-handed pitchers.
The Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa has not enjoyed travelling thus far in 2013. At home he’s a perfect 2-0 with a flawless 0.00 ERA in 12 innings; on the road he’s 1-3 with a 5.13 ERA. During his career, he has a below par 4.50 ERA at Busch Stadium in four appearances. Pick the Cardinals (1.58) to prevail in this contest.
As with the game above, the home team gets the bump when the Seattle Mariners host the Oakland Athletics. This is another instance where location is everything for the starting pitchers. This year, Mariners’ Joe Saunders has stark splits between his home and away performances. At Safeco Field he’s 2-0 with a 0.81 ERA in three starts. On the road, he’s 0-4 with a 12.54 ERA. Furthermore, Saunders will be happy to be opposing the A’s, a team he’s gone 13-6 with a 3.57 ERA against in 21 career starts.
As for Oakland, they do not get the best out of their starter Tommy Milone when he’s forced to pitch away from Oakland. At O.co Coliseum, Milone has a sterling 2.98 ERA; when he’s on the road that ERA balloons to 4.36. With the Mariners showing life as of late (coming into this series they’d won four of their past six) and Oakland on a downward trend (going into the weekend they’d lost five of six), Seattle, who can be had at 2.10, are the choice here.