We offer you a late afternoon game and the only game in town, the Sunday Night Baseball game, as we search for value and winners.
Pittsburgh Pirates (45-30) at Los Angeles Angels (33-42)
Although he’s pitched some decent baseball as of late, Joe Blanton (1-10, 5.62) hasn’t been able to beat his opponent and for the most part it’s due to lack of runs support.
In his last 5 starts, Blanton has provided 4 quality outings while bringing the heat and it hasn’t resulted in any wins.
He’s reminding me of a pitcher for the Mets in the early 90’s named Anthony Young. Young lost over 20 consecutive decisions. No matter how well he pitched, the opposition found a way to win. Should we fade Blanton?
Along with Blanton, the Angels have to be the most underachieving baseball team with Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Mark Trumbo, and Howie Kendrick in the lineup.
Ever since he left Texas, Hamilton has been lost at the plate. Albert Pujols on the other hand has failed to live up to his huge contract. That said, Pujols has started to hit better.
In his last 10 games, Pujols is 16 for 42 with 3 HR and 9 RBI. The season has plenty of time remaining, but the Angels need to start winning if they’re to have any post-season possibilities.
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You take a look at the size of star Andrew McCutchen and for a 5 tool power hitter, he looks miniature.
McCutchen offers an awesome combination of power and speed. He’s started off very slow this season, but the numbers are starting to come together, McCutchen is a definite threat to Joe Blanton along with leadoff man Starling Marte.
The Pirates are coming off of a 6-1 victory over the Angels on Saturday in which McCutchen managed to go yard. Expect his productivity to pick up as we draw closer to the All-Star Game.
Pittsburgh is +129 on the MLB odds board and against a slumping Angels team led by Joe Blanton, this is a bargain. Take the Bucs.
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SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL
Texas Rangers (43-32) at St. Louis Cardinals (47-28)
Sunday Night Baseball offers you a good matchup as the team with the best record in the majors in the St. Louis Cardinals send the masterful Adam Wainwright (10-4, 2.37) to the mound as they face a hard hitting Texas Rangers team.
Wainwright has the distinct edge in the pitching matchup facing Nick Tepesch (3-6, 4.84), but if he’s off of his game a bit, we could see some fireworks.
Tepesch or Tepid?
Maybe I’m giving this young man too much credit because he hasn’t even been slightly warm. In his last 3 starts, Tepesch has gotten knocked around like a pinball. He’s allowed 17 runs on 19 hits in just 15 2/3 innings. If Tepesch pitches anything similar to that in this game, he will get smashed around some more; the Cardinals have a bunch of hard hitters in Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig, and Matt Holiday.
Texas is coming off of a 4-2 victory over the Cards on Saturday led by the power of Cruz and Pierzynski , but against Adam Wainwright in front of a national audience, they’re no match for St.Louis.