It’s time for MLB Picks of the Day for this Sunday and we’ll take a look at the late games as some underdogs look quite appealing.
Sunday Night Baseball
Joe Girardi, Manager of the Year?
You might think that the Yankees are in a bit of trouble as they’re currently 6 games behind the Red Sox in the divisional standings, but many think that this is the best job managing that Joe Girardi has done since 2009.
With almost all of their regulars on the shelf, the Yankees have managed remain to stay in a tight American League Eastern Division race.
Derek Jeter is back on the 15-disabled list after just 1 game. This is the season in a nutshell for NY. The Yanks have had to rely upon pitching like the display that they got from Hiroki Kuroda yesterday and role players that they’ve traded for such as Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells, and Lyle Overbay.
In his last 3 games, Overbay is 6 for 10 with 3 doubles and 1 run batted in.
Sabathia vs. Dempster
C.C. Sabathia (9-8, 4.07) has had a very poor season this year. Sabathia is coming off of a loss in which his defense totally let him down. Sabathia allowed 3 earned runs and 8 runs overall in just 4 innings in a loss to Minnesota. The Yankees defense has to do a better job because Sabathia is having enough trouble in getting guys out.
Tonight, C.C. has a distinct advantage against Boston starter Ryan Dempster (5-8, 4.24). Dempster is coming off of a no decision in which he lasted just 3 1/3 innings. He allowed 7 runs and 9 hits in 3 1/3 innings to a weak Seattle offense. Four of those runs are deemed earned.
Is this another one of those Yankees-Red Sox marathons that will last for 4 1/2 hours?
The Yankees need this game desperately in the standings and to make a statement.
Look for Gardner and Suzuki to set the tone while Sabathia comes up huge in a big situation.
Baltimore Orioles (55-43) at Texas Rangers (54-43)
Baltimore and pitcher Chris Tillman (11-3, 3.95) look to go in for the kill as a win here would provide them with the complete sweep in this short 3 game series against Texas.
Both teams have almost identical records, but Baltimore’s offense contains more depth and specialized hitting.
Everyone Has a Role
The Orioles offense contains players that can do so many different things. Manny Machado is striving to be the record setter in doubles while Chris Davis goes after Roger Maris’ 61 home runs because he believes that Maris’ record was the legitimate record without steroids.
Nate the Great
The O’s also have Nate McClouth setting the tone at the leadoff spot with his ability to hit and his speed. McClouth has a respectable .280 batting average with 6 home runs and 17 runs batted in. Along with that, he’s swiped 25 bags this season. This is a perfect leadoff man on a hard-hitting team like this.
McClouth is 4 for his last 9 with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 run batted in and 1 stolen base. The name of his game is speed. He gets on base and before you know it, the Orioles have a 1-0 lead.
Chris Tillman’s 11-3 record this year might be good, but it’s all due to the Baltimore offense. He’s allowing 3 runs in a game and picking up wins and the games where he allows 5 runs, he get’s no-decisions. Tillman has the Baltimore offense to thank for that.
Texas on the other hand, is quite similar to the O’s, but don’t have the team depth. Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre are the 2 stars on the team and after that, it depends on the day. Also, Cruz has himself mixed up in the PED scandal.
Baltimore is coming off of a convincing 7-4 win over Texas on Saturday. Look for more of the same from the O’s, who look to extend their winning streak to 4 games as they close in on Boston for the divisional lead.
No juiced to be layed; good luck everyone!