Major League Baseball Selection

By Jeff Frank, Sports Analyst
2014 MLB Regular Season Record: 39-42; -525 units

Saturday, August 30, 2014

OAKLAND (78-56) AT LA ANGELS (81-53), 9:05 PM (ET)
TV: CSN-CA, FSN-W
Jeff Samardzija (RHP) vs. Cory Rasmus (RHP)


Cory Rasmus makes his first career start in a huge game against Oakland. The reliever has not pitched well of late despite a 3-1 mark and a 2.68 ERA this season. Since August 7, Rasmus has allowed five runs on nine hits in just 9 2/3 innings. That equates to a 4.66 ERA.

On the other side, Jeff Samardzija has an ERA one run higher than in the National League. However, instead of a 2-7 record with the Cubs, he's 4-3 with the Athletics. Samardzija pitched one of his better games this year in his last start going eight innings and allowing two runs with 10 strikeouts. That came off the heels of an 8-5 loss to the Mets, a game in which he gave up seven runs in only 3 2/3 frames.

The likelihood of the Angels needing multiple relief pitchers this game is very high so expect a high-scoring affair.

SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take over eight runs at +105.

PITCHING TRENDS REPORT

Jeff Samardzija (6-10, 3.23)
Lifetime record vs. opponent: 0-1, 17.36
2014 record vs. opponent: 0-0, 0.00
2014 Profit/Loss: +210 (with Athletics)

Cory Rasmus (3-1, 2.68)
Lifetime record vs. opponent: 1-0, 2.70
2014 record vs. opponent: 0-1, 4.15
2014 Profit/Loss: 0


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