Saturday FOX Tips
June 8, 2013
By Kevin Rogers
The second Saturday of June showcases an interesting mix of baseball games at night. FOX will put the spotlight on five regional contests, including the Cardinals battling the Reds, while the Angels and Red Sox play the second game of a double-header. We'll begin in Milwaukee with the struggling Brewers trying to salvage their faltering season against the Phillies.
Phillies at Brewers - 7:15 PM EST
Starting pitchers: Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 3.12 ERA), Tom Gorzelanny (1-0, 2.01 ERA)
Season series: Brewers, 3-2. Brewers grabbed two of three meetings at Philadelphia in early June, but the Phillies smashed Milwaukee in this series opener. The Phillies entered Friday winning each of the last three visits to Miller Park, as the Brewers ended that slide with a 5-4 walk-off triumph.
Last 10 overall: Phillies 6-4, Brewers 4-6
Last 10 totals: Phillies 6-4 to 'over,' Brewers 5-5 to 'over'
What to know: Philadelphia has won five of its last six Game 3's of a series, while Milwaukee owns a dreadful 4-15 record the previous 19 home contests.
Cardinals at Reds - 7:15 PM EST
Starting pitchers: Tyler Lyons (2-1, 2.66 ERA), Mat Latos (5-0, 2.90 ERA)
Season series: Cardinals, 5-2. After the Reds destroyed St. Louis in its first meeting, the Cards have taken five of the last six matchups. St. Louis routed Cincinnati in the series opener, 9-2 on Friday as slight road favorites.
Last 10 overall: Cardinals 6-4, Reds 4-6
Last 10 totals: Cardinals 7-2 to the 'over,' Reds 6-4 to the 'over'
What to know: St. Louis has compiled a 10-2 mark in the last 12 games against division opponents, while Cincinnati is 7-3 in 10 home contests when battling NL Central foes.
Angels at Red Sox - 7:15 PM EST
Starting pitchers: C.J. Wilson (4-4, 3.93 ERA), Clay Buchholz (8-0, 1.62 ERA)
Season series: After getting rained out on Friday, the two teams meet for the first time this season on Saturday with a day-night doubleheader. The Angels have owned the Red Sox since 2011 with eight straight wins in the series, including five consecutive victories at Fenway Park.
Last 10 overall: Angels 3-7, Red Sox 6-4
Last 10 totals: Angels 6-4 to the 'under,' Red Sox 5-5 to the 'over'
What to know: Los Angeles has won seven of its last 10 away contests, but five of those victories came at Kansas City and Houston. The Red Sox own a 6-3 record the previous nine games against left-handed starting pitchers.
Padres at Rockies - 7:15 PM EST
Starting pitchers: Eric Stults (4-5, 3.74 ERA), Jeff Francis (2-3, 6.00 ERA)
Season series: Rockies, 7-1. Colorado took the first six meetings before San Diego won the current series opener. The Rockies have scored at least five runs in seven of the eight matchups, including five wins by at least two runs.
Last 10 overall: Padres 5-5, Rockies 7-3
Last 10 totals: Padres 6-4 to the 'over,' Rockies 7-3 to the 'over'
What to know: San Diego is 6-10 on the road against division rivals, while Colorado has put together a 5-2 record the last seven Game 3's of a series.
Astros at Royals - 7:15 PM EST
Starting pitchers: Erik Bedard (1-2, 4.76 ERA), Ervin Santana (3-5, 3.03 ERA)
Season series: 2-2. Houston grabbed two of three victories at home against Kansas City last month, but the Royals managed a 4-2 triumph on Friday night as heavy favorites. Following two 'overs' in the first two meetings, the last two matchups have hit the 'under,' as James Shields pitched in both those contests.
Last 10 overall: Astros 7-3, Royals 5-5
Last 10 totals: Astros 6-4 to the 'under,' Royals 8-1-1 to the 'under'
What to know: Houston's six-game road winning streak came to an end in last night's 4-2 defeat, while Kansas City is just 2-11 the last 13 games against AL West opponents.
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