It will be a moderately quiet day around the major leagues with just 10 games on the board Thursday. But it proves to be a day that features some starting pitchers who have had more success away from home than they have in the familiar confines of their own park.
Here is a look at pitchers with solid performances as the visitor and provide a valuable spot bet opportunity.
Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh Pirates (3-1, 3.21 ERA)
The disparity between Locke's success at home and away is eye-opening. The lefty is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, but is 2-1 with a vastly superior 1.89 ERA on the road. Locke has no earned runs in 13 innings over his last two road starts at Philadelphia and at St. Louis.
The Pirates travel to Citi Field to face the New York Mets Thursday.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (1-4, 4.34 ERA)
Hamels' early season struggles have been well documented, but he's put together some pretty good starts recently. The recent success includes a 5-1 win at Citi Field versus the Mets. Hamels is 1-1 with a respectable 3.71 ERA away from Philly. The southpaw is 0-3 and has a 4.71 ERA in Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies open a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday.
Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics (3-1, 3.62 ERA)
The veteran righty is having a fairly good year all around in 2013. But a closer look reveals much more solid numbers pitching on the road. Colon has a 2-1 record with a 2.95 ERA away from Oakland and a 1-0 record and 4.26 ERA while pitching on home turf. He has given up just six earned runs in 18 1/3 innings pitched in his three road starts this season.
The A's have an afternoon meeting at Progressive Field versus the Cleveland Indians Thursday.