Joe C. Record
26-25 -6.06 Units
There’s a lesson to be learned; don’t mess with Masahiro Tanaka as he won his 30th consecutive decision and we tailed him. There will be no surprises; I’ll continue to tail Tanaka until he loses.
Chicago White Sox (10-11) vs. Detroit
The Chicago White Sox put up a gallant effort in scoring 4 runs in the last 2 innings of yesterday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, but it wasn’t enough as the great Cabrera and his squad came away with the “W”, 8-6.
Home runs have been hard to come by this season for Cabrera, as he hit his 2nd home run of the season along with 3 runs batted in. We’re not used to seeing Cabrera hit .235 off of a 3 for 5 game and I expect yesterday’s game to be the jump start that he needs to get back to his old form.
The Perfect Pickup
Ian Kinsler had some nice seasons for the Texas Rangers, but the Tigers couldn’t expect him to get off to such a fast start. After a 2 for 4 game in yesterday’s win, Kinsler is hitting .319 with 2 home runs and 13 runs batted in. The Tigers lose power without Prince Fielder, but Kinsler can play the field and if he hits near .300 or above, the swap will be a good move for Detroit.
A weak starting pitching matchup will favor the hitters and one swing of the bat from Adam Dunn can change the outlook of a game in the blink of an eye.
Dunn is hitting .250 on the season and if he could hit anywhere near that, the White Sox would be thrilled as this is a mountain of a man that can provide 40 home runs and 100 runs batted in.
As unbelievable as it sounds, Dunn is getting close to the 500 home run plateau. That said, nobody can forget the disastrous seasons in which he was hitting well below the Mendoza Line.
Detroit has the momentum here and excel at Comerica Park while the White Sox are just 4-7 on the road. I refuse to jump the gun with a run-line. Lay the heavy juice as the Tigers should build off of yesterday.
MLB Pick: Detroit -188 at 5 Dimes
New York Yankees (12-8) vs. Boston Red
I’ve been riding the Yankees all season long, but after watching Tanaka take care of the Red Sox at Fenway Park yesterday, I realized that this simply isn’t the same Boston team that won the World Series last season. The confidence isn’t there and you can sense it as you watch their games.
A Smart Move
He might not have gotten a home run in his disputed 1st at-bat in his return to Fenway Park, but it appears that Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees was a major blow to the Red Sox organization.
Ellsbury said that he loved his time with the Red Sox, but New York offered him a contract with so many years that he couldn’t refuse it. Thus far, Ellsbury has made good on that contract as he proceeded to hit a triple in his 1st at-bat in Fenway Park since signing with the Yankees and going 2 for 5 for the game with a double, a triple, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in.
Ellsbury sets the tone for a much improved Yankees lineup which saw Carlos Beltran continue his hot hitting with a home and 2 runs batted last night and Brian McCann was 3 for 4 with a double and a run batted in.
If you can get the Yankees as a moderate underdog against a down and out Red Sox team, you take it. Look for Michael Pineda to outduel John Lackey as the Yankees defeat Boston for our MLB picks.
MLB Pick: Yankees +113 at 5 Dimes