Pick Astros +176 as Hefty Dogs Over Yankees Wednesday

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 3:27 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 3:27 PM UTC

After a Chris Carter 3 –run blast in the 9th last night, the New York Yankees (63-60) need to recover fast as they’re now 4 games behind Detroit for the final wild card spot in the AL. Tonight, “Pine tar Pineda” takes the mound against a well-traveled Scott Feldman and the Astros (53-73).

First pitch is set for 7:05 tonight at Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx, New York. This game can be seen on the Yes Channel and MLB TV in areas where the game isn’t blacked oeut.

Crazy Odds
You would figure that the Yankees are the better team, have more to play for, are looking for revenge, and should take this game. That said, early MLB Odds have them at -192 betting favorite, and with a formidable pitcher like Scott Feldman facing the Bombers, odds makers went way overboard. This is a tough game to cap and we might look at the total or run-line.


Scoring Runs
This has been New York’s problem all season long. You figure with the acquisitions of Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran, that New York would have plenty of power and speed, but that hasn’t been the case. These were long term and expensive deal. The late George Steinbrenner must be rolling around in his grave.


Taking Advantage of the Short Porch
Brian McCann finally managed to make a temporary difference in yesterday’s game as he used the short porch in right field of Yankee Stadium to tie up the game. McCann is a key figure if the Yankees expect to win. He has good command behind the plate and plenty of power. The opposition regularly plays the shift on McCann, but during a Yankee home stand, McCann must take advantage of the dimensions of a ball park that’s taylor-made for his swing. Look for McCann to pick it up with a good 40 games remaining in the season and the Bombers fighting for their lives.


Enough ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!!!!
ALS is a deadly disease and I feel terrible for the people that have to suffer through it; believe me. That said, I see a video of Derek Jeter getting the bucket thrown on him by C.C. Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. First of all, these injured players should be the last people lifting a heavy bucket and Derek Jeter should get his head back in the game and forget about the farewell tour; he’s payed a larger sum of money to produce.


Derek Jeter
Jeter is having his worst season of his career with 3 HR, 32 RBI, and a .267 BA. I know Jeter is a legend and a winner, but his career might be over quicker than he thinks if he doesn’t get back in the game. He has plenty of money to donate; forget the buckets.


Jose Altuve
Any fan has to love the effort in which 5 foot 6 inch Jose Altuve puts out when he take the field. Altuve doesn’t look at the name on the back of his jersey, he looks at what the name represents.

On the season, Altuve is hitting .339  with 6 HR, 41 RBI, and 46 SB. He might not get the National League MVP Award, but just off of his effort, he should get a few votes. Pinetar Pineda will need to keep Altuve off the basepath because Altuve can change the complexion of a game in the blink of the eye with his blinding speed.


Go very light on this game for all of you chalk players. I’m not interested in taking the Yankees with these odds, with the offense that they possess. I’m going to take a risk and go with Feldman and Houston here. The Yankees' offense is simply awful.
Free MLB Pick:  Astros +176 at 5Dimes

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