Jesse Schule Free Pick
San Francisco vs. Texas,
08/02/2015 15:05 EDT,
Score: 1 - 2
Money Line: -120 San Francisco
This is a Free #MLB play on the San Francisco #Giants.
The Giants bats continue to punish opposing pitchers with a major league best .277 batting average on the road this season. They've split the first two games of this series in Texas, but with a mismatch on the mound Sunday, I like San Fran in the rubber match.
Mike Leake will make his debut for the visitors, and he's been unhittable over the last month. Leake (9-5, 3.56 ERA) tossed eight scoreless innings in a win at St. Louis his last time out. He's 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA on the road, and he's 4-1 with a 1.25 ERA in his last five starts. As good as the right-hander has been, this is still not an ideal spot, as nobody has been able to keep the ball in the park in Texas in recent weeks.
The Rangers hand the ball to Martin Perez, and there's absolutely nothing positive you can say about the southpaw. Perez (0-2, 10.50 ERA) was torched for eight runs on seven hits in just one inning in a home loss to the Yankees his last time out. That was his only start in Arlington this season, and he surrendered seven runs on 15 hits over 11 innings in two previous appearances on the road.
After the bullpen gave up back to back jacks in the 11th inning last night, Texas relievers rank last in the major leagues with a 4.73 ERA.
Take San Fran.