Detroit Tigers (8-5) at Seattle Mariners (6-9)
The Detroit Tigers are certainly feeling the momentum after a 6-2 victory over the Mariners yesterday. Miguel Cabrera, who’s been a little slow, power-wise this season, proceeded to smash a ball over the center field fence in the 5th inning on his way to a 3 for 4 day with 4 RBI.
Tonight will bring the ultimate task for Detroit when they face Felix Hernandez. Hernandez is coming off of a sub-par outing in a 4-3 loss to Texas on the April 11th. That said, he’s a career 9-2 with a 2.65 ERA against Detroit in 12 starts. This will definitely be a clash of the titans as the Tigers offense and pitcher Max Scherzer face one of the best pitchers in baseball.
With the addition of Torii Hunter to the Tigers lineup, this is one of the most formidable lineups in Major League Baseball. 6 players are hitting .300 or more. The Tigers have a leadoff hitter in Austin Jackson who’s been tearing the cover off of the baseball, a veteran hitter in Torii Hunter who’s been on fire since last year, and possibly the best 1-2 punch in the game in Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. To top it off tonight, Max Scherzer takes the mound and he’s quickly becoming one of the most improved pitchers in baseball.
Seattle counteracts that with one of the 2 best pitchers in the majors over the last 6 or 7 years, but the problem is that Hernandez doesn’t receive the same respect by the press because he’s always been on a losing team.
Going against Hernandez is risky, but I said this before; the Tigers are ready to go on a major run. Add in the fact that Max Scherzer is no slouch. Take the Tigers in this spot. They have the better team with appealing betting odds.
Free Pick- Detroit -102 at 5 Dimes for our MLB picks.
Arizona Diamondbacks (8-5) at New York Yankees (7-5)
With all of the injuries that they’ve endured, the New York Yankees have to be satisfied with their season thus far.
All of their newly acquired players are leading the way, headed by former nemesis, Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis is definitely getting comfortable in the pinstripes and with 2 HR , 7 RBI, and .348 BA, his career has been rejuvenated somewhat. The announcers equate him to Paul O’Neill. If he makes a poor play, he takes it to heart and that’s the kind of player that the Yankees desire.
Cano is Back!
If you saw Robinson Cano’s home run yesterday, it’s obvious that he has plenty of pop in his bat and what better way to display it then on Jackie Robinson Day?
Robbie is in the zone. He’s 13 for his last 26 with 4 HR and 11 RBI in that stretch of time (6 games). Look for Cano to lead this team until they get some of the regulars back into the lineup.
We have a really good pitching matchup as Wade Miley (2-0, 2.13) starts for the D’Backs while C.C. Sabathia takes the mound for the Yanks (2-1, 2.25).
Miley is coming into his own off of a 16 win season in 2012 and has come out of the gate fast this season.
Opposing hitters are hitting just .222 against him while he’s strikes out one batter per inning. We could see a low scoring affair as C.C. Sabathia is starting to heat up.
C.C. is a workhorse. He’s not always going to pitch shutout ball, but he keeps the Yankees in the game and conserves the bullpens energy.
Sabathia will have to worry about Paul Goldschmidt. Aside from being a fantasy league favorite, Goldy has been on fire this season. He leads the D’Backs with 2 HR, 10 RBI, and a .340 BA.
Look for this to be a close game, but the pitchers will be the difference in who makes the first mistake can decide the tone of this game? My money is on the more established Sabathia. That said, 7.5 runs looks appealing. Take the UNDER.
Free Pick- Arizona/New York UNDER 7.5 at 5 Dimes[gameodds]3/225033/19-43-999996-92/us[/gameodds]