Joe C. Record
104-103 -26.73 Units
I noted to everyone that the MLB season was a grind and after a horrific start, we finally get over the .500 mark and now there’s work to do to get us in the green where units are concerned. Have no fear; stick with me as there is plenty of time left in the season and I’ve been killing it lately.
Minnesota Twins (36-40) vs Los Angeles Angels (43-33)
Playing Up to Potential?
At the beginning of the season last year, I thought that the Angels had the potential to go to the World Series. After an awful start to last season and this season, I started to think differently about this team. Albert Pujols looks like he’ll never be the player that he was in St. Louis and Josh Hamilton gets injured so often that even when he’s playing well, it isn’t for an extended period of time.
The Angels haven’t been 10 games over .500 since Albert Pujols joined the team a couple of years ago and aside from Mike Trout, this team is about the newer players like Kole Calhoun (6 HR, 17 RBI, .268), C.J. Cron (6 HR 19 RBI, and role players such as Erick Aybar.
Aybar has cooled off this last week, but before that he was on fire. He’s still hitting .311 for the month of June with 1 HR and 10 RBI. Aybar is also coming off of a huge game yesterday in Los Angeles’6-2 victory over the Twins yesterday in which he swiped 2 bags to go along with a 2 for 3 day with a double and 2 runs scored. Production from a player like this will make the Halos contenders.
(7-6, 3.47) gets the start tonight and he’s coming off of an impressive outing
against the Texas Rangers in which he allowed just 1 run and 4 hits in 8
innings pitched. The Angels make the best MLB Pick as they have all of the momentum here.
Pick: Los Angeles Angels -164 at 5 Dimes
Jam It Down Their Throats
I predicted a game yesterday in which I thought the odds makers really screwed up. It was the San Francisco vs. San Diego game and I thought that the Giants should be much more of a betting favorite. What happens? Tim Lincecum pitches a no-hitter.
I also think that the odds are a bit light here also as the Tigers have been dominant, winning 6 straight games and the Texas Rangers have been awful, losing 7 straight games. Let’s face it; the Rangers have never been the same team since Josh Hamilton left.
I also stated yesterday that the Martinez’s were going to possibly have big games and sure enough, they both went yard. This Tigers team with both Martinez’s, who are beating up on the opposition, are much better than they were with a fat, sluggish Prince Fielder. If the Tigers pitching can hold up, they have a chance to win the World Series.
I’m never going to lie to you guys and gals and say that I’m a big fan of Rick Porcello (9-4, 3.76) because I’m not. Porcello’s job is to pitch within the 4.00 ERA range and let the Tigers bats do the rest.
So far this season, he’s been a success. Porcello is also
coming off of a 6 inning outing in which he held Cleveland scoreless. Maybe the
low odds are partially due to Porcello pitching and the Tigers on the road, but
Detroit should put a beating on a beaten up Texas team and at a good rate.
Pick: Detroit Tigers -122 at 5 Dimes