Joe C. Record:
81-88 -32.04 Units
Cleveland Indians (33-31) at Kansas
City Royals (31-32): Pounding On Their Drum
I keep thinking the Cleveland is due for a let down, but night after night, their offense is out of control, peppering a barrage of hits and pounding the ball out of the ball park, like yesterday in Cleveland’s 17-7 win over Texas.
Tonight, they face a light-hitting Kansas City Royals team, who didn’t play yesterday due to a rainout. Jason Vargas (5-2, 3.28) takes the ball for the Royals, and instead of a weak Yankees offense, will have to face the like of Cabrera, Kipnis, Brantley, and Chisenhall. The question is “Can Cleveland keep tearing the cover off of the baseball?”
Not only does Cleveland have a hard hitting lineup, they start a very formidable pitcher in Corey Kluber (6-3, 3.23). Kluber has had a fantastic season, but is coming off of one of his weaker outings this season in which he allowed 4 runs and 5 hits in just 6 1/3 innings to Boston. Due to Cleveland’s spectacular offense, the game was a no-decision for Kluber. Prior to this outing Kluber hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in 8 starts. He’s also won his last 4 decisions.
As I stated yesterday, Kansas City has some decent hitters such as Eric Hosmer, and Alex Gordon, but if Cleveland’s offense continues to keep playing well, this is a mismatch.
Free MLB Pick: Cleveland -107 at 5 Dimes
New York Yankees (31-31) at Seattle Mariners (34-29): A Let Down
Due to New York’s rainout with K.C. yesterday, starter Vidal Nuno (1-2, 5.33) gets moved back a day, and the matchup of Hisashi Iwakuma (4-2, 2.66) vs. Masahiro Tanaka will have to wait.
Many people around the world were waiting for this matchup, but they’ll keep having to wait. It’s possible that Yankees manager Joe Girardi could’ve have had Tanaka start tonight, but the way that the Yankees have been playing, he left things alone as his confidence level in his club is very low at the moment. Instead, the Yankees get to face their former 2nd baseman Robinson Cano.
Robinson Cano, who was sure to be a Yankees legend, took the money, and ran to the West coast. This isn’t a regular occurrence for the Yankees, and Seattle hasn’t gotten as bang for their buck, as Cano still sits on just 2 home runs. That said, Robbie leads the Mariners with a .330 batting average to go along with 33 runs batted in. Not having that short Yankee Stadium right field porch is killing Cano, but on the flip side, the Yankees sorely miss him.
This game features a major mismatch in pitching with Iwakuma vs. Nuno. It will be interesting to see how Iwakuma reacts, because he expected an “All Japan Matchup” with the great Tanaka.
In his last start, Iwakuma pitched 7 scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over Boston. The odds are fairly appealing. Right now Seattle is the better baseball team. and good pitching wins games.
Free MLB Pick: Seattle -137 at 5 Dimes for one of your Tuesday baseball picks.