Tonight’s matchups are highlighted by Max Scherzer’s quest for 20 wins as he faces Chris Sale. Check out today's baseball betting!
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A Comfortable Lead
The Tigers have dropped 2 in a row to the Kansas City Royals but still have a comfortable 5.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central Division. Tonight, they face a bottom feeder in the Chicago White Sox on the road. The White Sox snapped a 9 game losing streak on Sunday with a 4-2 win over Baltimore. This matchup appears to be an easy win for the Tigers... or is it?
Scherzer vs. Sale
You get a big-time pitching matchup tonight as Max Scherzer (19-2, 2.88) squares off against Chris Sale (10-12, 2.97). There’s not much of a difference between these two pitchers except for the run support that they receive. Scherzer is on a team that ranks 1st in the majors in batting average, 2nd in runs, and 2 in on-base percentage while Sale is on a team that ranks 29th in the league in run scored. Scherzer goes for his elusive 20th win tonight on his 3rd attempt and the Tigers will need to find a way to “claw” out a few runs if he’s to be successful.
It’s starting to seem like every season has a storybook ending for superstar Miguel Cabrera, but things have been tough as of late due to his knee and abdominal injuries.
Cabrera hasn’t hit a home run since August 29th and his quest for another triple crown looks to be in doubt. Nevertheless, this a hitter that will put fear into the eyes of any opposing pitcher, even Chris Sale. Cabrera is batting .353 with 43 HR and 133 RBI’s on the season.
Out of the two starters, Sale has been the better pitcher as of late. He’s given up 3 runs in his last 15 innings and got robbed of a victory against the Yankees in his last outing by his inept bullpen.
With a rough Tigers offense the ‘Under’ isn’t a given. I’m going to side with Detroit here for my sports picks as they’re the better offensive squad and Scherzer is well overdue to pick up win number 20.
Fighting For the Wild Card
While the first game that I provided might present the best pitching matchup, this game is the most important as just a .5 game separates the Orioles and Yankees as they’re within 2 games of the Tampa Bay Rays for the final wild card spot in the American League while the season starts to wind down.
New York was cruising along and passing teams in the standings until they met the mighty bearded Red Sox who took 3 out of 4 games from them and the Baltimore is coming off of a 4-3 loss to the lowly Chicago White Sox. This series could have a major effect on the standings if one team gets hot.
Sabathia vs. Tillman
You have another good pitching matchup in this game as C.C. Sabathia (13-11, 4.86) faces Chris Tillman (15-5, 3.71). Sabathia is finally starting to get his game together at the right time, winning 4 out of his last 5 decisions. In his last game, he officially allowed 3 runs in 7 innings against Chicago, but the bullpen was partially responsible for a couple of those runs; C.C. looked outstanding and on the road, he’ll need to continue the fine pitching.
Tillman on the other hand, has been quite inconsistent. He’s only picked up 1 victory in his last 6 starts and was roughed up a bit in his last start, a 4-3 loss to Cleveland. To sum it up, Tillman has had the much better season, but Sabathia is the hotter pitcher in September when it really counts.
An MVP Run?
Even though Chris Davis leads the majors in home runs (48), he’s likely to come up short to Cabrera on the MVP vote. That said, he’s had an outstanding season and Baltimore will need his offense to pick up a bit as he’s been sputtering as of late.
In the month of September, Davis is 6-for-30 (.200) with 1 HR and 2 RBI. He hasn’t been the same imposing presence lately at the plate. Sabathia has come through in clutch situations before and Davis’ lack of experience could hurt the team in a situation like this.
The Yankees will be looking to their superstar, Robinson Cano, to come up big against Tillman. Cano is 5 for his last 9 and has boosted his batting average up to a healthy .310. We could possibly see some type of contribution from the future hall of fame 2nd baseman tonight. Check out the MLB odds first when making your picks tonight
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