The Tampa Bay Rays will better the New York Yankees at home on Saturday. Rays starter Matt Moore has been unbeatable (literally) in Tampa in 2013: he’s 4-0 with a 2.16 ERA and has struck out 27 batters in 25 innings pitched there. Moore also has a strong track record against this current New York squad. In his one outing versus the Yanks this season, he outduelled CC Sabathia, going eight innings, allowing just two hits, three walks and one run while striking out nine. In his career, Moore has held the members of the Yankees roster to a combined .176 batting average.
New York will counter with Vidal Nuno. The left-hander has never really been considered much of a prospect (this will be just his second Major League start), and the fact that he’s left-handed should suit the Rays hitters. Tampa has batted better against lefties (.272 batting average) than righties (.252). Pick the Rays, on at 1.56, to capture the win.
The Chicago White Sox will enjoy a favourable interleague match-up when they host the Miami Marlins. White Sox starter Jake Peavy has been very much on form this season. He’s delivered a quality start (six inning or more pitched; three runs or less allowed) in five of his past six starts. In addition, much of his best work in 2013 has come at home. In three home starts, Peavy is 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA (compared to 3-2 with a 3.94 ERA on the road). As for this being an interleague match-up, that’s another positive factor for Peavy: lifetime, he’s 15-11 with a 2.89 ERA in 31 interleague games.
Ricky Nolasco has put up solid numbers so far this season (3.96 ERA), but key hitters in the White Sox lineup – Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez – have a combined career .324 batting average against him. Choose the White Sox (1.47) to prevail at home.