Giants v Padres
While San Francisco’s AT&T Park tends to be a pitcher’s delight, look for the hitters to thrive on Friday when the Giants host the San Diego Padres. San Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong is pitching horribly as of late. On August 13, he had a 2.27 ERA, which was tops in the National League; since then he’s posted a 10.31 ERA, knocking his season ERA to 3.65. Quite simply he’s lacking control (in his last outing he gave up four walks) and command (he’s leaving the ball in the middle of the plate too much as evidenced by the five hits he gave up in 3 1/3 innings in that last appearance). The Padres' Andre Cashner isn’t much better. In his last appearance he gave up six earned runs and ten hits in just 3 2/3 innings pitched. Look for over 7.5 runs to be scored (on at 2.00) instead of under that number, which can be had at 1.81.
Nationals v Brewers
The Washington Nationals will be a winner at home against the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee starter Shawn Marcum is the key to this pick. He hasn’t looked like the Marcum of old since coming back from two months on the Disabled List. His velocity is down and he has labored to work deep into games (He’s yet to get through the sixth innings since his return). In his past three outings he’s thrown a combined 14 2/3 innings and giving up twelve runs. Nationals’ starter Edwin Jackson has also had difficulty going late into games. He last threw at least six innings on August 30. But if this contest becomes a battle of the bullpens, Washington has the best in the National League in terms of runs allowed per game; Milwaukee is below the league average in that category. Take the Nationals at 1.75, not the Brewers at 2.08.