5/21/2008 3:37:00 PM
Dana Eveland has been very consistent this season, allowing three runs or less in eight of nine starts, and the southpaw should take advantage of the Rays today.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been a great story this season, but we are high on starting pitcher Dana Eveland of the Oakland Athletics, so we look for the A’s to avoid getting swept at home here.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]Eveland has been brilliant while posting a 3.23 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 53 innings, allowing three earned runs or less in eight of his nine starts. The young southpaw should be doubly tough an a Tampa Bay lineup that has never faced him before, particularly since the Rays are batting just .209 vs. left-handed pitching on the road this year. Also, do not forget that the Athletics still have the second best bullpen ERA in the American League at 3.25, meaning that the A’s will be tough to beat if they can get an early lead.
Well, we see them doing just that vs. Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine. Now granted, Sonnanstine’s numbers for the whole season are actually very similar to Eveland’s, but he has not been nearly as consistent. Sonnanstine did allow just one run on eight hits in eight innings at St. Louis last week, but he is just as likely to revert to his previous two outings, when he allowed a total of nine earned runs and 21 baserunners in only 11 innings.
We will go with the more consistent hurler in Eveland here, especially considering Tampa Bay’s difficulties vs. southpaws on the road.
Free Pick: Athletics -105