Dodgers v Rockies
Chad Billingsley’s recent form will carry the Los Angeles Dodgers to victory on Wednesday at home against the Colorado Rockies. Billingsley has always had talent, but throughout his career he’s been streaky. Luckily for Dodger fans, he’s currently in a groove. Since coming off the disabled list (injured elbow), he’s been sharp, allowing just two runs in his past 20 1/3 innings. As for the Rockies, their starter, Jeff Francis, is going in the exact opposite direction. He’s given up at least five runs in each of his past four starts. With Los Angeles engaged in a tight National League West race and Colorado simply playing out the later stages of the season, a motivated Dodgers club (on at 1.48) are the choice rather than the Rockies (2.65).
White Sox v Royals
Go with the Chicago White Sox at home versus the Kansas City Royals. When teams have unexpected success, there are inevitably some players who overachieve. This has certainly been the case with Chicago. For example, catcher A.J. Pierzynski is putting up career home run numbers. When it comes to pitching, Jose Quintana has been an essential surprise. He’s posted a 4-1 record with a 2.80 ERA. While he’s been a bit shaky recently, conceding eight runs in 13 1/3 innings, expect a bounce back as the White Sox’s decision to go to an expanded six-man rotation gives Quintana additional rest – an essential maneuver for the young hurler. The Royals’ pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is suffering through the worst season of his career. He’s 3-12 with a 6.56 ERA. Lifetime, he’s 3-5 against the White Sox. Chicago will prevail at 1.45 as Kansas City – even at an enticing 2.75 – would be a wasted pick.