I’m playing the underdog Oakland A’s on Friday night. The A’s are catching the Rangers off a huge series with the Twins. They’re also catching a pitcher who has looked a bit shaky lately. Tommy Hunter pitched pretty well last time out, but has lasted just three innings in three of his last five starts. Even with his most recent start, Hunter has still allowed 11 earned runs and 17 hits in his last three starts, spanning just 14 innings of action. And while he does own a 2-0 mark in three career starts against Oakland, his ERA is a hefty, 6.00 in those games. The A’s will counter with red-hot Brett Anderson. The southpaw owns strong marks away from home this season and he’s been on the mark in his last four starts. Anderson has held his last four opponents to seven earned runs and 29 base runners in 27 innings, for a 2.33 ERA & 1.07 WHIP. I believe he’ll enjoy more success tonight against a Rangers’ lineup that’s lost five of their last six against lefthanded starters. There’s value on the underdog tonight and I’ll grab a piece of the A’s on Friday. Thanks! GL! Scott Spreitzer.