Speaking of winning; time to give you a couple of free plays that you can cash in on with our MLB Picks of the Day.
I like to give props and hitting the heavy underdog always goes a long way with me. Fellow SBR writer Jeff Grant nailed a good sports pick last night as the Yankees defeated the Dodgers with an Overbay base-hit and poor defensive play by L.A.
I also picked up the win by picking the ‘Under’ 6 runs that most people ran away from. In all, a good game for writers, I see.
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Toronto Blue Jays (50-57) at Los Angeles Angels (48-58)
This just might not be the Halos’ year as they’ve been beaten by 3 straight walk-off home runs. This time at the hand of Adrian Beltre & the Rangers. The Angels are in big trouble as they’re 10.5 games behind Cleveland for the last wild card spot.
Is it possible to come from this far back? Take a look at the 1978 New York Yankees against Boston or even the Phillies steal a playoff spot from the Mets in a much shorter period of time. At this point, the Angels need to win a game and then a series.
Enter Josh Johnson
Johnson (1-7, 6.08) has been destroyed in his last 5 starts, going 0-5. In these starts, Johnson has allowed 27 runs in 25 2/3 innings. This is an opportunity for the Angels, but this could be a high scoring game. L.A. starts Garrett Richards (2-4, 4.33) and we don’t know what we’ll see from him.
Richards has pitched in relief and a starting role. Most recently, he started and went 5 innings, holding the Athletics to just 3 hits. How long does L.A. expect him to pitch? The bullpen should play a large role in this ball game.
Yesterday, Josh Hamilton picked up his 18th home run of the season, but Mike Trout is putting up huge numbers and carrying this team. On the season, Trout has 17 HR, 66 RBI, .329 BA, 73 runs, and 23 SB. In my opinion he has the highest upside of any player in baseball.
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Back In the Race
After the Adrian Beltre walk-off home run, the Texas Rangers are finally headed back in the right direction. Oakland has lost 2 straight while the Rangers have won 3 straight games as they attempt to get back into the divisional race. They’re only half a game behind Cleveland for the final wild card spot and that’s good for them to have as backup.
One concern that Texas has is Nelson Cruz’s involvement with the PED scandal, but they’ll have to put that on the backburner as they need to keep winning.
The Rangers have a distinct pitching advantage as Yu Darvish (9-5, 2.80) takes on Zeke Spruill (0-0, 2.08) for the Diamondbacks. Spruill hasn’t pitched more than an inning in a ball game. If Darvish has half-decent stuff, this should be a blowout.
In his last 2 outings, Darvish is 1-1, allowing just 1 run in 12 1/3 innings pitched. On the season, he’s held the opposition to just a .180 batting average; now that’s domination.
This is a pitcher that can and should blow the ball right past the Diamondbacks hitters possibly with the exception of Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt homered in Arizona’s most recent game, a 7-0 blowout of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Arizona is a tough team, but coming off of 3 walk-off homers and such a disparity in the starting pitching, you have to give the edge to Texas.
Good luck, everyone!
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