Sunday is filled with early games and due to that fact, I’ll try to give you the maximum amount of printing time in handicapping later games and Sunday Night Baseball.
Oakland is certainly the better baseball team as they’ve won the first two games of this series and 9 out of their last 10, but Chicago has their stud, Chris Sale, starting this afternoon in a lopsided pitching matchup against Jarrod Parker (3-6, 5.40).
Sale has been on fire, going 16 2/3 innings in his last 2 starts and allowing a mere 4 hits and 19 strikeouts.
I don’t care what team or what lineup that you put against Sale at the moment; he will mow them down.
In his last 5 starts, Sale hasn’t relinquished more than 2 runs in any start. This was a pitcher that was thought to be a setup man or possibly a closer less than 2 years ago and now he’s the hottest pitcher in baseball.
Oakland is a mixed bag of tricks that somewhat remind of the Atlanta Braves. They always find a way to come up with the big hits and win. In Oakland’s case, they have a lot of different types of players that blend well together. They have the speed of Coco Crisp, which is a big reason why they’re ranked 6th in runs scored in the league.
The Athletics also have the combination of Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes to come up with the big hits when they need it. Donaldson leads the team with a .324 batting average with 8 home runs and 33 runs batted in. Cespedes average is below .230, but he’s come on like a ball of fire and leads the Athletics in home runs. By the end of the season, Cespedes’ batting average will have raised another 30 points or more. Cespedes has hit safely in 9 out of his last 10 games.
This game comes down to the pitching. While Parker has started to get into a groove, Chris Sale has been simply unhittable. The White Sox on the road are the play to defeat Oakland.
Pick – Chicago White Sox -110 for your MLB picks.
Sunday Night Baseball
Boston has regained control of the American League Division after another Phil Hughes disaster on Saturday in which he allowed a Mike Napoli grand slam early in the game to make it 5-1 Boston and that’s all she wrote as the Red Sox destroyed New York , 11-1.
Hiroki Kuroda has been the man to pick up the pieces all season for New York and this couldn’t be a better spot for him, against New York’s most hated rival and on national television.
After an injury against Baltimore, Kuroda came back strong in his last start against the Mets to go 7 innings and only allow 4 hits in a no-decision. Boston’s lineups is filled with good hitters. They rank 1st in the league in runs, 7th in batting average, and 2nd in on-base percentage. A lot of players are being walked because the opposing pitcher doesn’t want to pitch to them. Kuroda will have his hands full with the like of Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Mike Napoli.
AL CY Young Candidate
New York will also have its hands full with Boston starter Clay Buchholz (7-0, 1.73). Buchholz has been a flatout beast this season that has pitched nearly perfect in every outing on the season. That said, he’s a career 3-5 against the Yanks with a 6.41 ERA in 10 starts. New York will have to hope for an off-game from Buchholz or Kuroda will have to match him pitch for pitch on the grandstage.
With these two pitchers, 8 runs is a laugh. This game is an easy UNDER!!!
Good Luck, everyone!