05/29/2013 04:37 PM
4-unit Play Take #905 Boston Red Sox (-115) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (7:05pm ET) If you're looking for early candidates on the Comeback Player of the Year Award, John Lackey might be a good place to start. The 33-year old veteran has battled injuries the last two seasons, but he's finally healthy and looking like his old self. In seven starts in 2013, Lackey has posted a 2.72 ERA and 1.13 WHIP and is striking out more than a batter per inning. His velocity is checking in where it was in years past and his confidence appears to be back. He'll face a depleted Philadelphia Phillies squad today that is without team leaders Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz. Ryan Howard also isn't 100%, leaving the Phils without much firepower. Kyle Kendrick pitches in this one. He's had a decent season so far, but his last two starts have not been very good. In his last two outings he has only three strikeouts and eight walks in 11 innings of work. Both were losses and he gave up a combined nine earned runs. Those were his two worst starts of the season, so something may be a little off with Kendrick's mechanics. Boston is the better team in just about every respect and they have the better starting pitcher today. That puts us on the Red Sox at this short price.
3-unit Play Take #930 San Francisco Giants (-125) vs. Oakland A's (10:15pm ET) The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's shift their series to AT&T Park on Wednesday night. Right-hander Tim Lincecum goes up against southpaw Tommy Milone in what should be a good game. Lincecum has pitched much better than his 4.75 ERA indicates. His biggest problem has been his control and avoiding the big inning. He's striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings and is getting enough groundballs, so I think he can overcome the occasional walk with the kind of stuff he has. His mound presence has also been a lot better than it was last season. The Giants have been swinging the bats well and are the best offense in the National League on a park-adjusted basis. They should be able to give Milone some problems, as he's a much different pitcher away from home. He had some of the biggest home/road splits last season and that's carried forward into this season. Both of these teams have good team chemistry and send out two capable starters to the hill today. I just like this Giants team more than the A' s and prefer Lincecum at home to Milone on the road. San Francisco is the play.
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