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Minnesota Twins (43-54) at Los Angeles Angels (46-52)
The Angels had made a run, but have begun to sputter again into mediocrity. This is a team that I feel has the talent to be one of the top teams in baseball, but it’s getting late game to do so.
Although the Angels have a star-studded lineup (which is under-producing at the moment), I think a lot of the responsibility rests upon guys like C.J. Wilson and especially Jered Weaver. If the pitching doesn’t deliver, this team goes nowhere.
Unlike his brother Jeff, Jered has been magical throughout his career. Coming back from injury appears to be the biggest challenge of his career thus far.
At one time, Weaver was the best pitcher in baseball. Now, he finds himself 4-5 with a 3.30. The earned run average would be more than satisfactory for most pitchers in the majors, but not for Weaver.
Weaver has allowed 1 or less run in 4 out of his last 5 starts. He’s coming off of a 6 innings shutout against Oakland, allowing just 4 hits. The problem that I see with Weaver is that he used to go 8 to 9 inning where as now he’ll give the Angels quality, but is only good for 6 innings a start. This leaves the outcome in the bullpen’s hands.
Weaver and the Halos will be tested; Mike Pelfrey (4-7, 5.40) can shut down an opposing team and the Twins have won 2 straight games and 6 out of their last 10 games.
Family Comes First
Joe Mauer has left the Twins as his wife was about to have a baby. I definitely don’t expect to see him back tonight. This can hurt Minnesota as Mauer and his .324 batting average most likely won’t be available. Mauer was 3 for 4 in the 1st game of this series and Minnesota will find it difficult to match up to L.A.’s hitting.
The money line is too bloated, but the Angels are due for a large outburst behind Weaver.
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Los Angeles Dodgers (52-47) at Toronto Blue Jays (45-54)
Get Out the Fire Extinguishers!
The Los Angeles Dodgers have now won 5 straight games and look to be the class of the National League West Division.
It’s no so much the winning streak, but the manner in which L.A. is winning. The Dodgers have scored an amazing 33 runs in their last 3 games.
A Tale of Two Former Marlins
We could see another high scoring game, because the Blue Jays, led by Jose Bautista, are capable of lighting up the scoreboard themselves. Bautista and Jose Reyes both went deep last night. Reyes has his batting average up to an eye-popping .321. It appears that the American League is the place to be for the former Met and Marlin. We could see a lot more of Reyes tonight. He’s a career .340 with 3 HR and 5 RBI in 47 at-bats against Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.75).
From a Dodgers perspective, Hanley Ramirez is also regaining the form that made him a superstar with the then Florida Marlins. Ramirez is on fire, batting .389 on the season with 10 HR and 31 RBI in just 149 at-bats. In his last 5 games, Ramirez is 9 for 22 with 8 runs, 2 HR and 6 RBI.
What does this all mean? A lot of offense from 2 former Marlins.
The pitching is average at best and I’ve seen enough; I want to make 2 bets.
(Until the Dodgers stop hitting, I’m tailing them. The Dodgers moneyline bet is the primary bet and wager slightly less on a very high total that these two team should surpass. Remember to look for the best MLB odds you can find!)
Good luck, everyone!
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