It’s the last day of the MLB regular season, but there’s still unfinished business between the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, and Tampa Bay Rays.
We already know that the Cincinnati Reds will be visiting Pittsburgh in the National League Wild Card Game, but there’s a possibility that we can see more than one wild card game in the American League as these teams could end up in a 3 way tie.
There’s no Sunday Night Baseball tonight and I urge you to bet lightly on the games as some teams will be playing reserves.
Colorado Rockies (73-88) at Los Angeles Dodgers (92-69)
Who’s Playing For LA?
After an 11-0 defeat of the Rockies on Friday, the Dodgers offense was non-existent in a 1-0 snoozer won by Colorado. Zack Greinke was the unfortunate loser as the Dodgers were without Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, and Hanley Ramirez left the game early. This afternoon, Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7, 2.97) starts the final game of the regular season for Los Angeles and he’ll need to pitch well because LA will possibly be sitting some starters.
Ryu has pitched well, but has lacked run support lately. In his last 6 starts, the Dodgers have provided Ryu with 2 runs or less on 5 occasions. That said, he’s allowed 18 runs in his last 10 starts. If the starting lineups come out and Colorado sits anyone from the heart of their lineup, that would leave me to believe that this game would go UNDER the MLB odds total.
“I Want To Be Like Derek Jeter”
I recall a game a few years ago between the Yankees and the Rockies in which Troy Tulowitzki made this declaration. Thus far in his career, he’s done a fantastic job of being a superstar like Derek Jeter and on a team with no pitching.
In 442 at-bats this season, he’s at .312 with 25 HR and 81 RBI. I’m expecting Tulo to play in the season finale and the Rockies will need his contributions along with Todd Helton, who is playing the final game of an illustrious career.
Look for the Rockies to pull off the upset as LA looks towards the post-season.
MLB Pick- Colorado +191 at Bet 365 for your MLB picks.
Cleveland Indians (91-70) at Minnesota Twins (66-95)
Cleveland is in the best position of the wild card teams. They’ve take advantage of an easy schedule, have won 9 straight games, and lead the Rays and the Rangers by 1 game. If Cleveland were to lose today, the worst case scenario would be that they would have to play one of the other teams 1 game to have a chance to get a wild spot. It doesn’t look like that will happen as the Tribe are a huge favorite, have a tremendous amount of momentum, and play a 2nd string baseball team in the Minnesota Twins.
The Perfect Starter
Starter Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.38) has resurrected his playing career and is definitely the guy that Cleveland manager Terry Francona wants out there. Jimenez is a strikeout machine that hasn’t lost a decision since August 29th. Since the month of July, Jimenez hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in any start except for one. In that start (July 14th against Kansas City), he allowed 4 runs. This is a veteran that’s on top of his game and with clutch hitters like Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis in the lineup, the Indians should dominate a 2nd rate team in the form of Minnesota.
Look for the Tribe to make it 10 straight wins as they await their opponent in the wild card game.
MLB Pick- Cleveland -1.5 -140 at Bet 365[gameodds]3/244387/?r-1=19-43-349-192/us[/gameodds]