Rangers v Indians
Texas’ Ryan Dempster is on a roll and you should expect his continued success when the Rangers host the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. In his last four starts he’s posted a 1.73 ERA and gone 4-0. That stretch includes a victory over the Indians in which he threw six innings and allowed just one unearned run. It also helps that Texas dominates at home, posting a .632 winning percentage in Arlington. The offense simply clicks in their hitter friendly stadium (the Rangers have eight more homers at home than on the road in four less game; they also hit for better average and get on base more there). The Indians won’t be aided by their starting pitcher. Jeanmar Gomez is 5-7 with a 5.33 ERA and is coming off a woeful appearance against the Minnesota Twins in which he didn’t last more than three innings. He gave up four runs, three hits and four walks. Go with the Rangers at 1.36 and avoid the underdog Indians at 3.15.
Brewers v Braves
Look for the Milwaukee Brewers to prevail at home against the Atlanta Braves. The Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo has consistently thrown well at home. Throughout his career he’s 38-18 with a 3.32 ERA at home compared to 29-24 with a 4.03 ERA on the road (this year, like always, he’s pitched better at Miller Park than away). Milwaukee is hot as of late going 12-4 going into Wednesday contest. On the other hand, Paul Maholm, who has been quite effective since the Braves acquired him from the Chicago Cubs, is starting to show some signs of wear. He’s walked three batters in each of his past two outings —suggesting lessening command of his pitches – and was really roughed up on September 2 against the Philadelphia Phillies, lasting only two innings and giving up six hits and seven runs. Expect a Brewers win at 1.67 rather than a Braves road victory at 2.20.