The Tampa Bay Rays are the stronger proposition when they host the Oakland A’s on Friday. Since June, Rays pitcher Matt Moore has lived up to expectations. Moore started slowly in 2012, but is 9-2 since June 1 and has consistently thrown well. In his last outing he conceded just five hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The A’s offer up Jarrod Parker. Although he threw really well last time out - earning a win by throwing eight shutout innings against the Cleveland Indians - his form before that was very shaky. In his previous four starts he was 0-3 with a 6.85 ERA. Also, like a number of the Athletics' pitchers, Parker has been poor on the road: he has a 5.11 ERA away as opposed to a 2.48 ERA at home. Pick the Rays, who have been hot lately at 1.52, instead of the A’s at 2.55.
Look for the Chicago Cubs to pick up a victory against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija has had an up-and-down season, but one place he’s been relatively consistent is at home, where he owns a 3.36 ERA. The Rockies have really struggled offensively on the road, posting a .244 batting average and a woeful .293 on base percentage.
Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz has been a huge disappointment this year. Colorado had high hopes for the rookie, but he has really lacked any command with his pitches, walking far too many batters and leaving too many pitches in the middle of the plate. His overall record reflects this: he’s 1-7 with a 4.87 ERA. Pick the Cubs at 1.67 and leave the Rockies alone at 2.20.