Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants picked a good time to host the Texas Rangers. Not only have the Rangers struggled so far in June (2-5 in their first seven this month), they’re also throwing Scott Feldman into the fold on Saturday. Feldman has been thoroughly ineffective since joining the Rangers’ rotation to replace an injured Neftali Feliz; he’s lost all four of his starts and was torched for eight runs in a single inning last Monday during a 12-1 loss to the offensively challenged Oakland Athletics.
San Francisco’s prospects are further buoyed by the fact that Vogelsong is on the mound at home. The right-hander boasts a 1.52 ERA in six starts at AT&T Park. He’s also been hot as of late: in his past five starts, he’s 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA. Go with the Giants at 1.92 and pass on the Rangers at 1.88.
I unsuccessfully tipped Justin Verlander to pick up a win in his last outing, so why am I going back to the well when the Detroit Tigers face the Reds in Cincinnati? Simple: this is Interleague play. Verlander, who has lost three straight for the first time since 2008, has thrown extremely well when facing National League teams – in his past four Interleague appearances, he’s gone 4-0, conceding just 16 hits and two runs over 33 innings.
His pitching opponent Bronson Arroyo is in a funk. In his past two starts he’s allowed nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. Overall, he’s scuffled in day games, posting a 6.07 ERA. Pick Verlander and the Tigers to prevail at 1.65 rather than the Reds at 2.25.