The Oakland A’s will get the better of the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The A’s chances are bolstered tremendously by home field advantage.
Specifically, A’s pitcher Tommy Milone does excellent work at O.co Coliseum. In seven appearances there he has a 2.82 ERA (comparatively, he has a 5.07 ERA on the road). This is a career-long trend for the left-hander. In 24 lifetime starts at home he has a 2.99 ERA (4.66 in away games).
Another factor in this contest is Cardinals’ starter Jake Westbrook is still trying to find his footing since coming off the disabled list. In three starts since an elbow injury, he’s had two very subpar outings – and both were on the road (his only good performance since his return was at home).
Also, while the sample size is small (32 at bats), A’s hitters have a lifetime .406 batting average against Westbrook. All signs point to an A’s triumph, which can be had at 1.69.
The flashbacks will be vicious for San Francisco Giants starter Madinson Bumgarner as he returns to Denver to pitch against the Colorado Rockies.
On May 17, Bumgarner took a thumping from Colorado in the Mile High City, giving up nine runs in just 4 2/3 innings. Not surprisingly, Rockies hitters have seemed to have Bumgarner’s number throughout their career. Lifetime, Colorado hitters have a .301 batting average and a .523 slugging percentage in 169 plate appearances versus Bumgarner.
While Coors Field tends to improve ever team’s hitting, the Giants entered this series in an offensive depression. The club last scored more than five runs in a game on June 14 (a span of 12 contests).
Coming into this series the Rockies had a very good 23-18 record at Coors Field, but, equally as important, is just how potent they are at the plate in games at home. They own a robust .286 batting average and a potent .466 slugging percentage. Go with the Rockies to win at 1.97.
Best Bet: Back the Colorado Rockies to beat the San Francisco Giants at 1.97
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