Sunday Night Baseball
Let’s go immediately to the late night matchup and look at the MBL odds, as this game can go into the a.m. time period.
New York Yankees (63-59) at Boston Red Sox (73-52)
Almost every New York-Boston game has the ability to reach 3 ½ to 4 hours per game; these teams despise eachother. New York got on a bit of a roll on Friday as they extended their winning streak, in hopes of attaining a wild card spot, but Boston quickly took care of that with an easy 6-1 victory on Saturday over the Yankees.
Tonight’s game is huge for the Yankees because they’re the team that has to catch the others and a head-head meeting with the division leader is invaluable.
The Yankees have the edge here as C.C. Sabathia (10-10, 4.66) has pitched much better as of late and he’s picked the right time to do it.
In his last 2 games, Sabathia has given 2 consecutive quality outings, allowing 5 runs in 13 1/3 innings. It’s basically “babysteps”, but C.C. looks to be regaining the form that has made him the Yankees ace over the last half decade.
This is a huge game. I expect him to pitch well and step up to the challenge against a tough Red Sox offense.
Ryan Dempster has been very lucky as of late because he’s had some awful performances and the Red Sox offense has turned those games into no-decisions. However, Dempster is coming off of an inspiring win over the Blue Jays in his last outing.
Overall, against the Yanks, Dempster is a career 0-5 with a 6.98 ERA against New York in 7 starts in his career. He’ll need to shake off the past because the Yankees have been a much better ball club as of late.
Pickup of the Season
Alfonso Soriano is proving that he still has a lot left in the tank, even at 37 years of age. Soriano was a great Yankee at the beginning of his career and is picking up where he left off. In his last 5 games, he’s a sizzling 15 for 22 with 5 HR and 18 RBI. You’ll never see a 5 game stretch like that ever and Dempster could be his next victim. Will Soriano continue his hot hitting is the question?
Cleveland Indians (66-57) at Oakland Athletics (69-53)
Big Game at O.co Coliseum
Now that Detroit has run away with the American League Central Division, the Indians only legitimate shot at the playoffs is through the wild card. They’re currently 3.5 games behind the team they play today, the Oakland Athletics, so this game is huge for the Tribe. Oakland, on the other hand, is only 1.5 games behind Texas for the American League West Division title and is in a much better position, but must not let up.
Cleveland is coming off of a huge 7-1 victory over the A’s in which Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn provided home runs to set the tone for this game. Cleveland is a very streaky team and they’ll need to continue the exceptional play.
Scott Kazmir (7-5, 4.18) get’s the start for the Tribe and he’ll be opposed by Tommy Milone (9-9, 4.39) for the Athletics.
Milone got rocked in his last start, an 8-3 loss to Texas in which he allowed 6 runs on 9 hits in just 3 2/3 innings. Before this, he’s been a fairly consistent pitcher that would keep Oakland in the game, allowing the offense to have a chance to pull out victories. Scott Kazmir might not be the same pitcher that he once was, but when he’s “on point”, he’s the much better pitcher and you have to give Cleveland the slight advantage here.
The Indians lead the season series 5-1. Look for Cleveland to narrow the wild card margin with a very winnable game. Both of these teams are very streaky, but Oakland can go extra cold at times.
Free Pick- Cleveland +115 at Bet 365 for your sports picks.
You have two underdogs for Picks of the Day and the benefit of that is that you only need one to hit to be on the plus side, I expect both to hit.
Good luck, everyone!