Felix Hernandez will always give you your money’s worth, despite being on a team with a lackluster offense.
Lately, Hernandez had been sputtering, but has quickly recovered in his last outing as the Mariners provided the right hander with 7 runs of support in a victory over San Diego.
King Felix went 8 innings and allowed just 1 run on 3 hits. This is one of the best pitchers in the league and the Mariners have shown signs of improvement. This could mean a very strong season for Hernandez who is just 27 years old.
He’s Still Got It
He’s never going to have huge numbers, but Raul Ibanez provided some huge hits for the Yankees after being cast away from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Now, Ibanez has taken his act to Seattle and is still producing major hits. He’s coming off of a 4-2 Seattle victory over the White Sox in which he picked up his 10th home run of the season. Ibanez will never hit for average, but he’s good for power and team leadership on a young team.
Look for Ibanez to be playing tonight. He’s a career 5 for 16 off of Chicago starter Jake Peavy (6-3, 3.62) with 1 home run and 5 runs batted in.
The White Sox will need Peavy to pitch well here. The offense has its hands full dealing with Hernandez.
4 Game Hitting Streak?
I might be showing a bit of sarcasm as slugger Adam Dunn is on a 4 game hitting streak and none of the hits are home runs.
This is amazing, as Dunn is a mountain of a man at 6 foot 6, 285 pounds That either hits home runs or strikes out. It’s a major dilemma for Chicago because they don’t want a player in their lineup that’s basically an automatic out, but Dunn is also capable of changing the complexion of a game with one swing of the bat.
He’s hitting just .163 on the season with 12 HR and 30 RBI. Dunn is a lifetime 2 for 7 against Felix Hernandez and has hit a home run off of the former Cy Young Award winner.
I was looking to play on the total with my MLB picks, but to get Felix Hernandez at -149 against a sub.500 team in Chicago, you must take it.
Pick- Chicago -149 at Bet 365
Cleveland Indians (30-27) at New York Yankees (32-25)
Kazmir or Cashmere?
It’s very rare that I’m on the opposite side of the Yankees, but Scott Kazmir (3-2, 5.13) has been good to me and is all of the solid pitching that he provided in the past has been ignored.
The Yankees also start David Phelps (3-3, 4.65) and he absolutely got rocked in his last start against the Mets in the Subway Series. George Steinbrenner must be rolling around in his grave whenever Phelps gets the ball every 5th day.
Phelps only managed to go 1/3 of an inning in a 9-4 loss to the Mets in which he allowed 4 runs and 5 hits. Manager Joe Girardi knew when to pull the plug because Phelps would have given up 10 runs plus if he didn’t make a pitching change.
Tex is Back!
The Yankees are happy to see Boston leave and they’re also happy about the grand slam that Mark Teixeira hit in the 3rd inning of a 7-4 victory over Cleveland. It’s Teixeira’s 1st dinger of the season and the Yankees hope to see many more.
Lyle Overbay, who had played surprisingly well in Teixeira’s absence, has moved to the outfield. The injured Yankees are finally starting to return.
Nick Swisher faces his old team that he’s had success with. Swisher was 0 for 4 against the Yanks yesterday, but did have a run scored and a run batted in. Cleveland is a deep team with players that run hot and cold. At the moment, Carlos Santana and Michael Bourn are the hot hitters, but that can change quickly.
Mark Reynolds had owned the Yankees when he was with the Indians and a pitcher like Phelps could be vulnerable.
Cleveland hasn’t been hitting consistently, but I like Scott Kazmir in this spot and I’m going to side with the underdog Tribe to pull off the upset.
Pick- Cleveland +135 at Bet 365
Please Note: Bet light on today’s game as they’re both a bit risky even though I feel confident about them. Good Luck, everyone!