Except for Chris Sale and Max Scherzer, the level of pitching quality is quite low today. How will this affect us and our MLB picks? Will we lean towards the totals and look for some overs?
Philadelphia Phillies (49-54) at Detroit Tigers (57-45)
2 Teams Going In Opposite Directions
Two things that led me to this game were the fact that Max Scherzer is pitching well after his sole loss of the season and the Phillies have fallen back a bit after a nice run.
Detroit has a 3 game stronghold on the American League East Division with a +100 run ratio while the Phillies have lost 6 games in a row.
The Cabrera-less Tigers are coming off of a 2-1 victory over Philly on Friday. With Cabrera out of the lineup, expect less runs scored from the Tigers as his mere presence has an effect on the team. Detroit still managed to serve Cole Hamels his 13th loss of the season; what a disastrous downfall for Hamels!
Although Philly really lacks power without Ryan Howard in the lineup, they make up for it with speed. Jimmy Rollins, who had been moved back to the 3rd spot in the batting order, had 2 stolen bases yesterday. Michael Young is now at leadoff and had a modest 1 for 3 with 1 RBI and a walk.
This is simply not an imposing offensive lineup whether Dominic Brown plays or not. Chase Utley has moments, but isn’t the player that he once was when he started to get hammed with injuries. Utley is 1 for his last 10 and is just not a big RBI guy to be placed in the cleanup spot.
Philadelphia must have a great outing from its pitching. They need a great outing out of Raul Valdes (1-0, 7.59). Valdes has been mainly a relief pitcher, not having pitched more than 3 1/3 innings in a game.
Mad Max and Company
Do I really need to go on? You have possibly one of the best 3 pitchers in the game in Scherzer and a superior Tigers offense even without Miguel Cabrera; this game should be a “slam dunk” for Detroit.
Boston can’t be too happy as they’ve lost their lead to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East Division by ½ game. Tonight, the Sox send Ryan Dempster to the mound and Dempster has been awful in his last 2 starts.
Ryan Dempster could only last a total of 8 2/3 innings in his last 2 starts, allowing 12 runs and 15 hits in that period of time. We can give him a pass for some of it because some of those runs were un-earned, but just the same, Dempster hasn’t been his best. He will need to be his best as he faces a lineup which includes Nate McClouth, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, and Matt Weiters. The Orioles offense is loaded.
Baltimore will be sending Scott Feldman to the mound. Feldman has come up aces in his last 2 starts, going 2-0 and allowing 5 runs in 15 1/3 innings. At this point in the season, the Orioles have a slight edge in pitching and hitting.
The MLB odds are appealing. I like Feldman and the O’s in this matchup.
Pick- Baltimore -121 at Bet 365
Good luck, everyone!
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