Saturday FOX Action
August 3, 2013
By Kevin Rogers
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Rangers at Athletics - 4:05 PM EST
Probables: M. Garza (7-1, 2.95 ERA) vs. J. Parker (6-6, 4.07 ERA)
Series recap: The Rangers kept up their momentum from the three-game sweep of the Angels as Texas blasted Oakland on Friday, 8-3. Texas cashed in the underdog role, while cutting its deficit in the AL West to 2 ½ games behind Oakland heading into today's action.
Pitching notes: Matt Garza received a no-decision in his last outing, as the Rangers rallied for a 4-3 walk-off triumph over the Angels. Since June 21, the Cubs and Rangers combined to go 7-0 in Garza's last seven starts, while Texas has drilled the 'under' twice in Garza's two outings since getting acquired from Chicago.
Jarrod Parker is coming off his worst outing in three months by allowing six earned runs in five innings, but the A's came back to beat the Angels, 10-6 as heavy home favorites. That victory snapped a five-start winless streak by Oakland when Parker took the mound, while picking up their first home win since mid-June with the right-hander starting.
Current trends: Texas is riding a five-game winning streak, while scoring 15 runs in the last two victories. The Rangers have beaten the A's five of the last six meetings, while Oakland has run into a three-game losing skid, with all three defeats at home.
Dodgers at Cubs - 4:05 PM EST
Probables: C. Capuano (3-6, 4.54 ERA) vs. J. Samardzija (6-9, 3.75 ERA)
Series recap: Los Angeles won its 12th straight road game with Friday's 6-2 triumph at Chicago. The Dodgers scored six runs for the second straight day, as L.A. plated at least one run in four of the first five innings. Friday's contest remained 'under' the total of nine, the fifth 'under' in the last six games for the Dodgers.
Pitching notes: Los Angeles has three straight starts made by Chris Capuano, including the last two in extra-innings. The southpaw has been extremely inconsistent recently by putting together four scoreless starts since coming off the DL in June, but also allowing five earned runs three times in this stretch. The Dodgers are 3-1 in Capuano's last four away outings, while being listed as road 'chalk' for the first time this season.
Jeff Samardzija is winless in his last three starts at Wrigley Field, even though the righty tossed seven scoreless innings in his previous outing against the Brewers. The Cubs are 1-3 in Samardzija's four starts as a home underdog, but Chicago owns a 4-1 record in his last five outings against NL West opponents.
Current trends: The Dodgers have won five of their last six away Game 3's of a series, while Los Angeles has drilled the 'over' in five of the previous six away contests. The Cubs are 8-2 to the 'under' in the last 10 games overall, while going 1-5 the past six contests at Wrigley Field.
Braves at Phillies - 4:05 PM EST
Probables: B. Beachy (0-0, 17.18 ERA) vs. J. Lannan (3-4, 4.10 ERA)
Series recap: Philadelphia squandered an early 2-0 lead in a 6-4 defeat to Atlanta. The Braves plated five runs in the fifth inning to take control and cash as $1.55 road favorites. The victory was the fourth in seven meetings for the Braves this season, while the Phillies have lost 11 of their past 12 games overall.
Pitching notes: Brandon Beachy's first start of the season coming off shoulder surgery wasn't a sharp one, as the righty allowed seven earned runs in 3.2 innings against Colorado on Monday. However, the Braves bailed out Beachy in a 9-8 home victory to cash as $1.30 favorites.
The Phillies have won five of John Lannan's six starts at Citizens Bank Park this season, including his previous outing against the Giants. Seven of Lannan's last nine starts have hit the 'over,' including each of his past two outings.
Current trends: Atlanta has won eight straight games, but the Braves are just 1-5 in their last six off a road win. Philadelphia has been a disaster recently with only one victory since July 20, while hitting the 'over' in five of the previous six games overall.
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