Saturday afternoon in Major League Baseball continues with some great matchups like the Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds.
Let’s first update the Friday night line of the latter matchup. The Don Best odds screen has Cincy as 120 home favorites behind starter Mat Latos. The total is at eight runs and shaded to the ‘over.’
St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright is the opposing hurler and he is 11-3 in his last 14 road starts as an underdog.
Our Saturday look begins with the L.A. Angels at the New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m. (ET). The Bronx Bombers and starter Freddy Garcia are 145 favorites with a pretty big total of 10½.
The Yankees have the best record in baseball (52-33) and a rare comfortable lead among the MLB division races. The Angels trail Texas by four games in the AL West, but would be in the playoffs if it started today, heating up with a 30-13 mark before the break.
Jerome Williams (6-5, 4.46 ERA) gets the call for the visitors. He’s returning from the DL after an unusual shortness of breath. He also injured his forearm in a rehab start and his three games before the DL were extremely ugly (0-3, 7.56 ERA).
Garcia (3-2, 5.23 ERA) had made just six starts this year. He is an amazing 15-3 lifetime against the Angels with a 2.59 ERA. Despite that fact, Don Best Sports analyst Pat Williams thinks there could be a lot of runs scored on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The Cardinals and Reds are once again in the spotlight for their Saturday matchup at 4:05 p.m. (ET). The pitching duel is Kyle Lohse for the Redbirds against Cincy's Mike Leake.
St. Louis’ Lohse (9-2, 2.79 ERA) has been one of the most consistent yet underrated hurlers in the majors this campaign. Thirteen of his 18 outings have been quality starts, and he is working on a string of seven such efforts with the Cards winning five. They also triumphed in both of his assignments against the Reds back in April.
Leake has had some tough luck this year with a 3-6 record. His ERA is 4.01, but he has really suffered from a lack of run support. His last start was the Fourth of July at the Dodgers, getting the loss despite allowing just two earned runs over seven innings.
The 24-year-old right-hander had reeled off 9-straight starts without a loss before the Dodgers, posting a 2.55 ERA. Cincy won six of those contests. Note the ‘under’ is 4-0 in his last four starts.
Make sure to check the Don Best Pro Odds all weekend long as the second-half of the MLB season gets underway in exciting fashion.