Hot lines: Saturday's best MLB bets

Sep 20, 2008 |
Hot lines: Saturday's best MLB bets

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Content provided by Associated Press. Picks by staff.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (+130, 9)

The White Sox will try to extend their 2 1/2-game division lead on Saturday night when they continue a weekend series with the Kansas City Royals.

The White Sox's Gavin Floyd (16-7, 3.73 ERA) has been unbeatable in the second half on the road. In six starts after losing on July 11 in Texas, the right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA. He's given up two runs of less in each of his last five appearances, including against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

Floyd surrendered two runs, nine hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter over seven innings in Chicago's 6-2 win. The turning point came in the fifth when Floyd threw 12 pitches to Jason Giambi with the bases loaded before striking him out to end the inning.

When starting on three days' rest, Floyd has a 7.84 ERA but hasn't gotten a decision in two appearances. He's 1-2 with a 2.84 ERA in three career starts against Kansas City.

Floyd's six wins after the All-Star break trail only Mark Buehrle (8), who earned the victory Friday, for the team lead.

Kansas City answers with Kyle Davies (7-7, 4.32 ERA), who will try to set a new career high for wins in a season. The right-hander also won seven games as a rookie for Atlanta in 2005, and combined with the Braves and Royals last year.

Davies also looks to post wins in consecutive starts for the first time since July 27-Aug. 2. He scattered four hits over eight innings, didn't issue a walk and tied his career high with eight strikeouts in a 3-0 win over Seattle on Tuesday.

Pick: White Sox

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers (-145, 11)

Los Angeles (94-59) beat Texas (75-79) 15-13 on Friday as the teams combined for 41 hits, 22 by the Angels. Garret Anderson was 4-for-6 while Torii Hunter homered and drove in four runs for Los Angeles, which has already clinched the AL West.

The Angels led 7-0 until the Rangers scored nine runs on nine hits in the bottom of the third off starter Jon Garland. Milton Bradley was the only starter without a hit, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.

The season series between the teams continued to be high scoring. The Angels have averaged 6.0 runs, winning nine of the 14 meetings, while the Rangers have averaged 5.7 runs.

The win was the Angels' ninth in the last 12 games. Entering Saturday, they are the only team that has clinched a playoff spot, and now Los Angeles is focused on getting healthy.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that outfielders Vladimir Guerrero (right knee irritation) and Juan Rivera (strained right hip flexor) should play this weekend.

Guerrero, who has been out since leaving a game on Sept. 12, and Rivera, who has been sidelined since Sept. 13, both ran in the outfield on Friday. Guerrero leads the Angels with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs.

Pick: Angels



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