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Recap and Calculated Risks
Taking calculated risks is the way to take money and although the Angels lost yesterday at near even MLB odds, I picked the underdog Mets behind a young upstart in Zack Wheeler and New York defeated a red-hot Atlanta Braves team at home. Making consistent profit with your sports picks is the name of the game.
Dickey Returns to the Big Apple
This is an outstanding matchup as R.A. Dickey (9-11, 4.49) comes into Yankee Stadium against a team that’s won 7 out of their last 9 games and have beaten the Blue Jays in 10 out of 11 meetings this year in the New York Yankees.
After a doubleheader sweep yesterday over the Jays, the Yankees can start thinking playoffs, but are at a distinct disadvantage in starting pitching tonight.
New York sends reliever Adam Warren (1-2, 3.57) to the mound and this couldn’t be a more inopportune time to have Warren starting. The Yankees are starting to make their move for the final wild card spot in the American League and are just 5 games behind Oakland with 37 games to go in the season.
New York’s offense must step up in a situation like this. Although Dickey has had a down year, he still has the ability to shut down a team with his unpredictable knuckleball. Cano is the star of this team and has finally gotten his momentum going after an un-Cano like season. The numbers look good at 23 HR, 81 RBI, and a .308 BA, but Robinson Cano has struggled more this season than you’ve probably ever seen him struggle.
Robbie is 9 for his last 13 in his last 3 games with 1 HR and 5 RBI. I look for him to be a possible factor in this game as the Yankees need to keep the pressure on.
The Jays will be without slugger Jose Bautista who is on the 15-day disabled list. This puts the pressure on the likes of Encarnacion, Reyes, and Lind.
(Look for momentum to win out)
Sanchez Takes the Mound
You’re always going to see a controlled effort from Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (11-7, 2.50) as this young man possess a great deal of confidence. Sanchez comes into this game with one of the top earned run averages in the American League and has held opposing hitters to just a .225 BA and has a strikeout ratio of over 1 strikeout per inning. Sanchez has allowed just 7 runs in his last 41 innings pitched .
Aside from Sanchez, we could see some offense from some standout stars. Prince Fielder has finally started to get his swing back after an awful season. Fielder is batting .333 in his last 3 games with 3 runs, 2 HR and 4 RBI. Miguel Cabrera needs protection and with Fielder being so productive, this makes the Tigers meat of the order more of a threat.
From the Twins perspective, they have the ever reliable Joe Mauer. Mauer has raised his batting average to .324 this season and comes up with timely hits. One achilles heel to his game is his power. If Justin Morneau played like he did last night, the Twins should have no problem to compensate.
Morneau is coming off of a 4 for 5 game with 1 HR and 4 RBI. He is by far the biggest RBI guy on this team with a healthy 72 ribbies. The Twins desperately need Morneau to stay locked in to beat a top rated team like the Tigers. Minnesota is coming off of a 6-3 victory over Detroit and that should give them some confidence.
(The odds are exaggerated in favor of Detroit and not worthy of laying that kind of juice. The total seems like the safer MLB pick)
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