Covered by Willie Bee
The Rangers couldn't get the job done in last night's opener, and therefore lost hold of one of the two Wild Card spots after Cleveland was able to win over Houston.
Of course, Kansas City's win brought them to within 2.5 games of a coveted berth, and they'll try to get another win today against Matt Garza. Garza has been quite bad over the last couple of weeks, surrendering 14 earned runs over his previous 15 and 1/3 innings.
Jeremy Guthrie is 6-4 with a 3.81 ERA since the All-Star Break and is 9-4 with a 4.37 ERA at home for the season. He hasn't come up against Texas yet in 2013.
Willie Bee couldn't hit with his OVER play yesterday but is admittedly being a tad stubborn by going right back there again today. He'll be playing the OVER 8 runs.
Covered by Ron Patrick
A grand slam from Alex Rodriguez was the difference in New York's win yesterday. The Yankees really need the victory, as they have to put together something truly special to make the playoffs.
It's now Ivan Nova's turn to impress after C.C. Sabathia's great start in the opener. Nova has been tremendous at home, going 6-2 with a 2.71 ERA in 12 total appearances in front of the Bronx faithful.
You have to like New York's chances of getting at least a few run-scoring opportunities against Ryan Vogelsong. The right-hander hasn't gotten past the sixth inning in four consecutive starts and hasn't been able to get a winning decision in any of those outings.
Ron's recommending the UNDER 8.5 on bet365's MLB odds board this afternoon, partly because both Nova and Vogelsong will be facing these teams for the first time, which tends to favor the pitchers. Let's see if the two righties can make it happen on the mound.
Covered by Willie Bee
Two rather unreliable starters take the bump this evening in Scott Kazmir and Paul Clemens.
Kazmir will at least be thankful he doesn't have to pitch against Kansas City today. He's come up against them in each of his two latest starts and has allowed 16 hits and seven earned runs in only nine innings. Kazmir is now 8-9 with a 4.34 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the year.
As for Clemens, he looked sharp six days ago, holding the Angels to six this and two runs over seven innings of solid work. Still, his 5.54 ERA overall and 5.01 ERA on the road don't really bode well, especially today against a hungry team like Cleveland.
So what's the preferred MLB pick? Willie likes the Indians to win but isn't willing to swallow that kin of chalk, so he'll go with the UNDER 8.5 runs.