Joe C Record
10-10 -2.54 Units
We rode the chalk in the Yankees and Colorado and both teams didn’t show up. Although “Cargo” didn’t even play, this was a day to forget and it’s time to move on to some “W’s”.
Chicago White Sox at Colorado Rockies
I’m sure that Colorado will start Carlos Gonzalez after a 15-3 pummeling that they took at the hands of the Chicago White Sox yesterday. As we all know, Coors Field is a hitter’s park thanks to the altitude level and the White Sox were out in full force, with 11 runs in the last 3 innings alone. Michael Cuddyer was stellar as usual for the Rockies, but Chicago wasn’t going to lose that game.
1st baseman, Jose Abreu, is a player to keep an eye on. Abreu had gotten off to a slow start this season, but was a force last night as he hit 2 home runs and 5 runs batted in.
We don’t know exactly where the offense will come from, but aside from the play of Abreu, the Sox had two hitters with 4 hits apiece and 6 players with 2 runs or more last night.
There’s no doubt that the Rockies have the stronger offense. In fact, the Rockies offense is 1st in just about every statistical offensive category in the majors, but we’re going to side with the White Sox as the live dog with major momentum.
Pick- Chicago +148 at 5 Dimes
Los Angeles Angels at Seattle
Being a slow starter has killed the Angels the past couple of seasons, but their bats are really starting to come alive. With the exception of yesterday’s 5-3 loss to Seattle, the Halos had produced 29 runs in their previous 4 games. I keep saying it, but this is a team that has possibly the best lineup in the majors and are a bunch of underachievers.
It won’t get any easier for the Angels as they face Cuban native, Roenis Elias. In his 1st start in the majors, Elias allowed just 1 run on 2 hits in 5 innings of work in a 3-2 loss to Oakland. The game was a no-decision for Elias, but was a good game to get his “feet wet”. Today will be a major test for Elias as he faces the likes of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton. Don’t expect him to go more than 5 or 6 innings if he pitches well.
The Mariners bullpen will play a role in this game as the Angels send out Garrett Richards (1-0, 1.60) to the rubber. Richards surprisingly started off the season with a superb start, striking out 7 batters and holding the Houston Astros to just 1 run and 3 hits in 5 innings pitched.
To sum it up, despite the solid outings by both starters, the starting pitching is suspect in this game and the team with the better bullpen will win.
True To His Word
Josh Hamilton said that he felt great at the beginning of the season and he’s gotten off to a very fast start, leading the Angels in batting average (.444), home runs (2), runs batted in (7), and on-base percentage (.545). Everyone focuses on Mike Trout, but let’s not forget the sensational seasons that Hamilton had with the Texas Rangers. Hamilton injured his thumb in yesterday’s game, but it’s not serious and he can possibly be a factor in today’s game for L.A.
For the Mariners, Robinson Cano signed a huge contract to leave the Yankees and go cross-country. Thus far, the power hasn’t been there, but Robbie leads the M’s with an outstanding .346 batting average. Cano is the biggest pickup in the off-season and can be a factor in any game.
I’m still waiting for the Angels to go on a long winning streak because they have that type of potential. Let’s side with the more experienced pitcher in Garrett Richards and the more established team in Los Angeles.
Pick- Los Angeles Angels -108 at 5 Dimes