Like a fighter taking a hit & giving back we've been a bit inconsistent lately, but are coming off of a huge day with our MLB Picks and today we'll be looking to deliver the knockout blow!
Joe C. Record 128-77 +48.32 Units
Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles
I got on the "Fade Baltimore Train" a bit late, but I got a nice win as an underdog as I faded the Orioles with my MLB Picks who have knocked themselves out of the playoffs losing 10 out of their last 11 game. The Rays not only beat the O's at Camden Yards, but punished them into submission by the score of 11-2. I can't see how an intelligent bettor would go anywhere near the O's who, to boot, are favorites again in the MLB odds market!
Tampa Bay all of a sudden has climbed into 3rd place in the American League East Division at 66-66 and are 9 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays, but with a late season run, there are wild card spots available and they still have something to fight for. That even gives them more incentive to win this game as Baltimore has forgotten how to win a ball game.
Full Team Effort
Baltimore's poor pitching has been the culprit to their demise. They allowed 15 hits yesterday. Former Blue Jay J.P. Arencibia had 1 HR and 6 RBI on 3 for 4 hitting while Logan Forsythe went 3 for 3 to raise hit batting average to .286. James Loney has had a poor season, but even he is starting to hit and if you add in Evan Longoria this is a team that can beat Baltimore if the O's starter doesn't bring his "A- Game" and that's what's been happening lately.
Kevin Gausman (2-6, 4.39) gets the start for Baltimore and he doesn't exude confidence. He hasn't pitched average lately, but has went 0-4 in his last 5 starts with 1 no-decision. Baltimore will need Crush Davis to keep hitting the ball out of the park to be competitive as they have no momentum whatsoever.
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
I have to stick with my security blanket in the New York Yankees as I've stuck with them all season long and they have brought a ton of profit.
New York and Toronto are fighting it out for the American League East Title like two horses in a 7 man horse race that have ran away from the field as the Blue Jays hold a 1.5 game lead over the Yankees. New York won their game early last night and Toronto came up with the answer with a home run in extra innings to defeat their respective opponent, so it's back to the drawing board for the Yankees as they send Masahiro Tanaka (10-6, 3.62) to the mound against Henry Owens. This is a game that the Yankees should clearly win.
Staying Away From the Big 1st Inning
If Tanaka can manage to do this, the Yankees will even have a much easier time of winning the game as Tanaka likes to give up runs early and then settles down. I personally witnessed his last start in which he allowed 3 early runs to Atlanta and then went the next 6 innings without allowing a run and was virtually unhittable in a 15-4 victory. The only person that Tanaka has to worry about in this matchup is Big Papi David Ortiz.
I really don't know why Ortiz is getting the pass in talks of the Hall of Fame and not Alex Rodriguez. Big Papi did get caught for PED usage, but nonetheless has been a clutch performer for his entire career.
He's just 5 home runs away from his 500th home run and he's come on like a ball of fire as of late with 3 HR and 5 RBI in his last 5 games while going 6 for his last 15 at bats with 3 runs scored and 2 doubles. The man is still dangerous as his 29 HR and 80 RBI indicates. The only problem is that he's a one man show and with Tanaka pitching, New York should have no problem in this game.