The Coach's MLB Heavy Hitter - (Bigtime Blowout Potential)
San Francisco vs. Texas,
08/01/2015 20:05 EDT,
Score: 9 - 7
Money Line: -124 Texas
The San Francisco Giants have started the second half of the season in an impressive fashion. They bagged nine of their first 10 games after the All Star break but have lost two of their last three, a 6-3 loss at Texas last night included. I like the Rangers to set themselves up for a sweep of this three-game set tomorrow with a third straight win overall tonight.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Pitching - The Giants hand the ball to Chris Heston (11-5, 3.14 ERA) who's entering this contest on the back of three consecutive wins. He's 6-1 away from home for the year despite his 3.86 road ERA being more than a run worse than at home and has relied heavily on run-support, which may be scarce tonight when the Rangers can counter with their newly acquired ace Cole Hamels (6-7, 3.64 ERA). Hamels tossed a no-hitter fanning 13 batters in his last start with the Phillies and will be looking to redeem himself after conceding nine runs on 12 hits in 3 1/3 innings of a 15-2 loss to at AT&T Park on July 10. What better place to do that than right in front of your new home fans?
2. The Rangers Bats - Texas has won seven of it's last 10 games, scoring five or more runs in eight of those 10 contests.
3. X-Factor - Elvis Andrus is 5-for-9 with a homer and a double in his last two games.
Selection: This is a play on the Texas Rangers (10*)