Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Detroit Tigers: (-175, 10 ½)
The smoking-hot bat of Carl Crawford leads the D-Rays’ charge against Detroit tonight, facing a pitcher that has a rough history with Tampa Bay.
Crawford is batting an outstanding .538 the past week with two home runs and five RBIs. He’s hoping his play rubs off on the rest of the team in time to take advantage of the sliding Nate Robertson.
Robertson hasn’t recorded a win in his last three starts, getting little help from Detroit’s floundering bats. The Tigers lefty is 0-3 in four career starts against Tampa Bay with a 5.94 ERA. He has allowed 24 hits to the Devil Rays in just under 17 innings of work.
Pick: Devil Rays +167
Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado Rockies: (-116, 10 ½)
Colorado has won 19 of its last 24 games at Coors Field, including Monday’s 6-2 win against Milwaukee. The Rockies are 57-54 on the season, getting 31 of those wins at home.
"It seems like when we need a big hit here, we get it," Rockies first baseman Todd Helton told the Rocky Mountain News. "On the road, we struggle a little bit more with guys in crucial situations."
Colorado leads the National League in homefield batting average (.294) and scores more than five runs per game at Coors. The Rockies have one of most potent offenses in the NL, ranking in the top 10 in runs, average and OPS.
Pick: Rockies -116
Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants: (-142, 8 ½)
Will Washington’s Mike Bacsik be forever inked in the history books as the pitcher that gave up home run No. 756 to Barry Bonds?
He did allow two dingers in his most recent start. But outside of those slip-ups, Bacsik has proved solid pitching for the Nationals.
Washington has won five of Bacsik’s last six starts and over his last three, the lefty is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.18. The secret to his sudden turn around might be a more aggressive approach. Bacsik is throwing more first-pitch strikes, which is keeping his pitch counts low and his arm strong in later innings.
Pick: Nationals +134