|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