The Seattle Mariners will be confident ahead of Thursday's match-up with the Kansas City Royals. Seattle starter Jason Vargas, who has one of the best change-ups in baseball, is currently riding a nice bit of momentum. He earned his tenth win on Saturday and in his last five appearances he’s gone 3-0 with a 1.77 ERA.
The Royals’ pitcher Luis Mendoza has been erratic in 2012. He’s had some good outing lately but is 4-6 overall with a 4.31 ERA. The Mariners have won three of four against the Royals this season and that trend should continue. Take Seattle at 1.81 and pass on Kansas City at 2.00.
Two good pitchers take the mound when the Los Angeles Dodgers travel to St. Louis to clash with the Cardinals, but I’m tipping the home team Cards to prevail. The Dodgers’ Chris Capuano is in the midst of a fantastic season (10-5, 2.81 ERA), but this St. Louis club has been vexing for the left-hander in his career. The last time he faced the Cardinals last September he gave up four runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings, and historically he has a poor 5.33 ERA against St. Louis in 15 appearances. Also, as good a Capuano has been, he’s just picked up one win in his past five starts.
His pitching opponent, Jake Westbrook is coming off a great performance in which he threw seven scoreless innings. Westbrook has pitched at least six inning in each of his last eight starts. While the Dodgers’ recent acquisition of Hanley Ramirez will help the club's offence, I don’t think it’ll be enough in this one. Go with St. Louis at 1.70 instead of Los Angeles at 2.15.