Joe C. Record
90-94 -30.69 Units
A Shot In the Dark
Oakland is deservedly a betting favorite in today’s ball game, but -170 is a bit extreme especially against a Yankees team that can sometimes pull out surprising wins. While Oakland is the definite favorite in this game, this is baseball, and in my estimation, the Yankees have a shot at winning this game as they’ve won 4 out of their last 5 games on this West Coast trip.
Vidal Nuno (1-2, 4.97) isn’t the type of pitcher to go 8 or 9 innings, but in his last outing, he went 5 2/3 innings and allowed 1 run on 4 hits against Seattle. In the month of June, Nuno has allowed 3 runs in 10 1/3 innings. If there are any signs of trouble with a pitcher like Nuno, expect manager Joe Girardi to give him the quick hook before the game gets out of control. I don’t expect this game to necessarily get out of control.
Jesse Chavez’s numbers look fairly good, but he’s also only going to go 6 innings at best and allow anywhere from 3 to 4 runs. I don’t see a major advantage at starting pitchers; bullpen performance will be key to this game.
Oakland has always been known for finding a way to win ball games despite a mere average offense. From a New York perspective, they lack power. When Mark Teixiera is in the lineup, if gives them a major boost as they possess two of the best speedsters in the game with Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury.
Oakland doesn’t scare me. With odds like this, I’m leaning the Yankees way, because in my mind this game is a toss up and the Yankees have the propensity for coming up with wins when you don’t expect it; It’s worth the risk.
Pick- Yankees +160 at 5 Dimes
Sunday Night Baseball
Los Angeles Angels (37-30) at Atlanta Braves (35-32)
Braves Are Struggling
After a 13 inning marathon in which the Braves lost 11-6 to the Angels at home, it’s safe to say that the Atlanta Braves are struggling. They’ve lost 6 out of their last 10 games as they’re tied for the division lead with Washington.
No matter what their statistics are, the Atlanta Braves are much like the Athletics. They find ways to win ball games; In this case, they haven’t done that lately as they’re coming off of a game in which Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit back to back home runs on them.
The betting odds are right where they should be. Although Angels starter, Hector Santiago, is winless on the season in 6 decisions, he hasn’t always had sufficient run support.
Santiago is actually coming off of a flawless outing in which he went 6 innings and allowed just 3 hits with 8 strikeouts. If he does anything close to that here, the underdog Angels will most likely win the ball game as they have the better offense when they’re playing at their best.
Before the season started, Mike Trout was the odds on favorite to win the AL MVP. The reason for this is because this kid is the future of baseball with the greatest upside.
Nothing has changed except Trout had gotten off to a slow start this season. That said, Trout has started to pick up the pace as he nears .300 and is becoming the player that fans have expected him to be.
On the season, Trout is batting .299 with 13 HR, 49 RBI, and 7 SB. He’s a 5 –tool player that’s just 22 years old and is one of the best outfielders in the game.
Trout is coming off of a huge 3 for 6 performance yesterday with a home run and 4 runs batted in. Even though Albert Pujols isn’t the same player that he once was with the Cardinals, he appears to feed off of Trout’s talent and enthusiasm and if Josh Hamilton can play more consistently, you have 3 of the best hitters in the game hitting consecutively in one lineup.
Atlanta provides the combination of Freddie Freeman (11 HR, 36 RBI, .272) and Justin Upton (14 HR, 36 RBI, .280) and while this duo is very formidable, they don’t produce on a consistent basis. I give Los Angeles a slight edge in tonight’s matchup and the odds make them a nice choice for our MLB picks.
Free Pick- Los Angeles +123 at 5 Dimes