The San Francisco Giants are well-placed to earn a road victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Arizona starter Tyler Skaggs is considered a high-end prospect (he’s a former first round pick), but he’s yet to show consistency in his five career Major League starts. In his last outing he gave up five runs on five hits and lasted just three innings. In his first outing he walked five batters. In between have been two appearances where he hasn’t made it out of the sixth inning.
The Giants start with Matt Cain, who is 13-5 with a 2.96 ERA. Most notably, he’s 12-0 when he gets three runs or more of support this season. I believe Skaggs will cough up at least three – as a result, take the Giants at 1.72 not the Diamondbacks at 2.12.
The Baltimore Orioles visit the Oakland A’s in a game with big play-off implications. Who will win? The A’s. There are a couple of reasons for the pick. The first is that the Orioles slogged through a 13-inning game on Thursday that had them leaving later than expected on a trans-continental flight. Odds are they will be pretty tired after that ordeal.
Second, it’s hard to bet against A’s starter Tommy Milone when he’s pitching at home. In Oakland, Milone has a 2.77 ERA and has allowed just 74 hits in 87 2/3 innings (on the road he has a dismal 5.13 ERA and has allowed 103 hits in 80 2/3 innings). Between Baltimore exhaustion and Oakland's pitching, the A’s at 1.67 are the pick over the Orioles at 2.20.