Detroit’s former ace pitcher Justin Verlander called it quits on Monday night after staggering through just one inning but how long will he be out and can the slumping Tigers salvage their season and begin cashing again in your MLB picks?
Verlander – Ouch!
Justin Verlander has not been the same pitcher this season and many speculated it might be due to a tall, long-legged, buxom blonde distraction named Kate Upton. Apparently his woes are more physical than emotional after he announced he is suffering from a sore right shoulder. Much to his credit he is not blaming his erratic season on the injury but it wouldn’t be a reach to conclude that his shoulder has been less than ideal this entire season.
This sudden setback does not bode well for Detroit after watching premier pitcher Anibal Sanchez land on the DL with a right pectoral strain over the weekend. Adding insult to injury is the fact that the Tigers have been supplanted at the top of the AL Central by the white hot Kansas City Royals. Conversely, Detroit is mired in a three-game slide after last night’s 11-6 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Perhaps the only ray of hope is that Detroit management went all-in when they traded for David Price at the deadline but that cost them an everyday player and fan favorite in the form of Austin Jackson and pitcher Drew Smyly. But even with Price in the fold and current ace Max Scherzer dazzling every five days, is that really enough to keep the Tigers in contention?
Even though the sky seems to be falling in Motown, the bookmakers are holding fast and steady on their MLB Central Division odds. Detroit is still being offered at anywhere from -250 at Ladbrokes.com to an even chalkier -400 at WilliamHill.com.
More to the point might be the appetizing proposition of getting the Kansas City Royals at +250 at Bet365.com and as high as +320 in some of the major offshores. If you believe the Royals will exploit this opportunity and take the Central then is it beyond the pale that they may in fact be the Cinderella story of this year’s MLB season? WilliamHill.com will pay you back a healthy return if you were to consider adding the Kansas City to your MLB picks as a longshot to win the AL pennant. As of this writing WilliamHill.com is dealing the Royals at +1600 to win the pennant and if you dare to dream they will fatten your bank account to the tune of +3300 to win the World Series in their MLB odds.