Let’s see how this integrates into our MLB Picks of the Day.
“JV” Doesn’t Stand For Junior Varsity
JV takes the mound at Comerica Park and he’ll face a team with the likes of Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Manny Machado (doubles hitter extraordinaire), and Nick Markakis. There’s no break for the opposing pitcher when facing this relentless Orioles offense.
Max Scherzer proved that the Orioles can be held down for at least one game as he was the first Tigers pitcher to go 10-0 in 16 years.
This is the perfect opportunity for Justin Verlander to pitch against Baltimore as their confidence could’ve been shaken after a 5-1 loss.
“JV” is a lifetime 8-0 against the O’s with a 2.93 ERA in 12 starts. This hasn’t been Verlander’s best season in which he carries a 3.41 ERA, but he’s coming off a 7 inning effortless no-decision in which he shutout the Royals and held them to just 3 hits and 8 strikeouts.
A good sign for the Tigers was super-slugger Miguel Cabrera’s 3 for 4 performance in which he hit a 1st inning home run to set the tone for the game. Miggy hadn’t hit a home run nor had a run batted in during the previous 5 games. Cabrera still leads the majors in runs batted in with 71.
The difference in this game is pitching. Both teams have superb offenses, but Zach Britton (0-1, 9.00) just can’t compete with Justin Verlander and betting odds show the Tigers gaining a major edge at home.
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You wouldn’t think with the roster that the A’s possess that they would be 12 games above .500, but this is a team, like the Atlanta Braves, that finds ways to win.
Last night, Texas got the better of Oakland in an 8-7 victory in which Nelson Cruz went deep twice and had 4 runs batted in for the game. Oakland put up a 6 spot in the 4th inning but it wasn’t enough. Now, the A’s face Japanese sensation, Yu Darvish.
“Doctor K 2013”
In the 1980’s Dwight Gooden of the Mets was called Dr. K for his ability to strikeout a lot of hitters. Every time Gooden would strikeout a batter, a big K would go up in the stands and they would accumulate.
Texas hasn’t continued that practice, but Yu Darvish has the same ability to embarrass opponents as Gooden had.
On the season, Darvish has 120 strikeouts in just 88 1/3 innings and held opposing teams to just a .177 batting average. It’s kind of surprising that he’s been beaten twice, because these are unparalleled numbers. Like I said, he faces an Athletics club with a better record than the Rangers that knows how to win.
Although I might not have given the A’s roster tons of credit, they have players that fit roles well like veteran Coco Crisp, and Josh Donaldson. Cespedes and Moss can have monster games but both players are hitting .235 on the season.
I’m expecting a huge outing out of Yu. He’s been a major force all season and there’s no reason why he should stop in this game. He’s given up 3 earned runs his last 21 innings; that’s good enough for me.
(We have to take the moneyline and avoid the runline because Oakland is a tough team to beat; so mind your MLB Picks with this one.)
Good Luck, everyone!