Dodgers v Giants
Expect the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw to rebound when his club hosts the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. Kershaw is coming off a shaky start against the Colorado Rockies in which he allowed three home runs in a game for the first time in his career. The key factor in that aberration was the game’s location: Coors Field. For this contest he’ll return to the pitcher friendly park that is Dodger Stadium. For the team as a whole being at home has been reassuring as the team has posted a 10-2 record there through Sunday. As for Kershaw, regardless of where he is, he’s thrown well against the Giants, posting a lifetime 6-1 record. His opposition, Ryan Vogelsong has been durable, completing at least six innings in all four of his starts, but he hasn’t been as stellar as Kershaw and it’s unlikely he will in this one. Go with the Dodgers at 1.48 and skip the Giants on at 2.65.
Astros v Marlins
In Houston, the visiting Miami Marlins are nicely placed to win against the Astros. Miami’s starter Anibal Sanchez has been excellent his last three times out, yielding just five runs in his past 21 innings and striking out 38 in 33 1/3 innings. Sanchez has been effective against Houston in his career (3-1 with a 2.48 ERA) though it’s worth noting he hasn’t pitched as well at Minute Maid Park (1-1 with a 4.41 ERA). Still, the Astros lack of pitching depth will be the difference maker here. Aneury Rodriguez gets the start and will be make his 2012 Major League debut. Past performance doesn’t augur well for Rodriguez who delivered a 1-6 record and a 5.27 ERA in 2011 and wasn’t throwing particularly well in the minor leagues before the call up (1-3; 4.97 ERA). Even the underachieving Miami lineup should do okay against the right-hander, meaning the Marlins are the good bet here at 1.65 instead of the Astros at 2.25.