The in-form San Francisco Giants will keep the ball rolling in the right direction on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. The Giants swept the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road and then won the opener of their series against the Braves. This contest will feature Madison Bumgarner pitching for the Giants. He has developed into a front-line starter who is nearly unbeatable at home; in 11 starts at AT&T Park, Bumgarner sports an 8-1 record and a 1.87 ERA.
The Braves will counter with the 24-year-old left-hander Mike Minor. The former first-round pick has struggled through the 2012 campaign – especially when getting the call on the road. Away from Atlanta, Minor is 2-6 with a 5.91 ERA. Go with Bumgarner and the Giants at 1.62 instead of Minor and the Braves at 2.30.
Look for the New York Yankees to break out of their recent funk when they play the Cleveland Indians on the road. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda is in top form: he hasn’t yielded more than three runs in any of his past seven starts. Over that stretch he has a 1.39 ERA. In his last outing he seemed only to be getting better, giving up just one run and four hits in eight-innings.
Emblematic of the Indians' disappointing year, Cleveland pitcher Justin Masterson has underachieved. A sinkerball pitcher, he hasn’t gotten his normal bite on that pitch. This has been particularly the case as of late: in his past five games he’s posted a 2-3 record and a dismal 7.62 ERA. The Yankees on the road (at 1.62) is the pick; not the hosting Indians at 2.30.