In the last several days we have focused on big games on the baseball docket. Today we will over to contests with MLB odds that only local fans and baseball handicappers would give a hoot about.
This is not to say the sportsbooks or anyone else is ignoring them, but the amount of action taken is similar to the betting odds on Tiger Woods to win a golf tournament. Here is my take on a trio of tilts from the favorites and pitchers perspective that might induce a collective yawn.
Diamondbacks vs. Braves MLB Odds: Arizona & Corbin Continue Uphill Journey
For most baseball fans, the Arizona Diamondbacks outside of Paul Goldschmidt are a rather faceless franchise. Though they have exceeded expectations to this point of the season to reach 56-58 record it has been a battle in a very peculiar way. Last night's loss mark to Atlanta was the 14th time in 16 tries since April 26th the D-Backs had a chance to reach .500 and failed to do so. At this point the players have to know about this and are bugged about it.
Patrick Corbin (2-3, 4.08 ERA) will attempt to place Arizona back to within a game of .500 and has been battling his own demons since coming off Tommy John surgery, but has logged three quality starts in his last four outings. The Snakes offense has averaged 5.9 runs a game and are -150 favorites (-145 at Wagerweb.ag) to bat around Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz (4-3, 5.23), but here is where it's tricky backing the fave.
Arizona has lost 12 of 14 in Atlanta and this season when a road favorite of -110 or higher, a not so perfect 0-8.
Slight Disadvantage - Corbin and Arizona
Padres vs. Rockies MLB Odds: Cashner Costing Backers Lots of Cash
Bring up the name Andrew Cashner (4-12, 4.09) to loyal San Diego fans making MLB picks with their team and you will probably get the old stink eye treatment. Most of the season Cashner has been among the pitchers with the lowest run support, but when you have an ERA like his, you are less inclined to draw much sympathy, because you are generally as ineffective as your teammates. For the season, the Padres have lost 14 of Cashner's 22 starts and those making sports picks by following him are down -7 units.
San Diego is a -110 away favorite at Colorado, whose latest losing streak has reached five games. The Rockies will showcase their future with rookie hurler Jon Gray (0-0, 2.70), who will making his third start. Gray is a hard-thrower and has the body type the Rockies need throughout their farm system at 6'4, 235 pounds. Watched him pitch in spring training and liked what I saw, but being a pitch count means the Colorado bullpen will be called upon.
Though no fan of Cashner's, with an awful pen for the Rocks and the offense stale, impossible to support them since they are 6-25 with an on-base percentage of .285 or worse over their last five games this season.
Slight Advantage - Cashner and San Diego
Indians vs. Twins MLB Odds: Minnesota Running Out of Answers to Save Season
Many years ago there was something known as - Chinese Water Torture - in which victim was strapped on their back and would be able to watch a periodic drip of water land on their forehead to get them to crack to give up secret information or supposedly to drive them insane.
Since the All-Star break, Minnesota fans have witnessed this torture in person or watching on television as the Twins have lost 18 of 26 to fall below .500 and are seeing the playoff chances dry up slowly, drip after drip.
With injuries mounting, manager Paul Molitor is forced to turn to Tyler Duffey (0-1, 27.00) and unheralded 24-year has not shown much to be of help. The only reason Minnesota is -113 favorite is because Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin is coming off Tommy John and shoulder surgery since 2013 and is as unknown a factor as Duffey. Let's give the nod to the Indians who are 14-9 at Target Field the past three years and have registered double-digit hits in last seven contests in scoring 7.6 RPG.
Slight Disadvantage - Duffey and Minnesota