Mother Nature’s cold grip is starting to loosen around the country, which means there are finally some conditions around the Majors that are favoring the hitters.
And while the Mercury is rising at some parks, there’s still plenty of cold weather to go around, making life miserable on hitters in the Midwest.
Let’s get to some picks.
Warmer weather means more runs …
Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET
Jaime Barria (0-0, -.– ERA) vs. Matt Moore (0-2, 11.05 ERA)
Matt Moore (0-2) was roughed up for six runs and five hits in 3.1 innings in Texas’ 8-5 loss to Toronto on Friday. Moore was all over the place, issuing four walks and striking out only one batter. It was the second straight bad start of the season for Moore, who has allowed nine earned runs in just 7.1 innings to start the year. The veteran southpaw had a 5.52 ERA in 174.1 innings for San Francisco last year and gave up 116 runs — 107 of which WERE earned — which is insane. He got great defense and still had a high era. Plus San Fran is a much better ballpark to pitch in compared to Texas. Moore is just 6-17 in his last 23 decisions. Yikes.
After planning on starting the year with a six-man rotation, the Angels actually find themselves needing more starting pitching thanks to another rash of injuries to their staff. J.C. Ramirez was diagnosed with a torn UCL on Monday and appears to be headed for Tommy John surgery, while Matt Shoemaker is also on the disabled list with a right forearm strain. The Halos have called up Jaime Barria, who is ranked as their No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline, from their farm system — which was ranked near the bottom of the league over the past two seasons. Barria’s rise has been amazing, and he has a great future but he’s just 21 and I think he’s still a year or two away from being ready. Still, the Angels have no choice.