Yesterday we backed the Seattle Mariners against the Cleveland Indians. I love Mariner’s lefty, James Paxton, and expected this to be a tight game so I backed the underdog getting the good price.
And in reality, it was a great game, just not the low scoring pitcher’s duel I had envisioned. In the end, Cleveland escaped Seattle with the 6-5 win.
The Mariners were down early as former Mariner, Yonder Alonso, jacked the Major League’s first grand slam this season in the first inning off of Paxton. The M’s showed a lot of heart and cut the lead to just one run late and had a great shot to tie the game up in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Mariner’s second basemen Robinson Cano smashed a double to open up the bottom of the eighth. The M’s then had to pinch hit for their best hitter, Nelson Cruz, as the DH had twisted his ankle earlier in the game.
The pinch hitter Guillermo Heredia, couldn’t get a bunt down and without being able to move the runner over, the scoring rally fizzled. What can you do it was a tight contest and we came up just a little bit short.
Today we will look at the matchup between the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics.
The Los Angeles Angels are looking for the series win in Oakland today in game four of a four-game series with the Athletics. The Angels have taken the last two games in Oakland after losing to the A’s on opening day.
The Angels scored early and often yesterday to secure the 8-3 win. Today, Los Angeles will start Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani (0-0 0.00 ERA) in his ever Major League start. The A’s will counter with Daniel Gossett (0-0 0.00 ERA).
The Angels are -130 road favorites. The game total over-under is set at nine runs. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM PST from Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.
Nobody has any clue what to expect from Japanese import Shohei Ohtani today. The hybrid pitcher and hitter signed a massive deal in the off-season after a bitter bidding war with several teams and has underwhelmed so far state side.
Ohtani probably shouldn’t have even made the Angels opening day roster as he couldn’t hit, or pitch, in spring training. But the Angels gave him a boatload of money and even though sending him to Triple-A was likely the right move, the fans would have crucified them for it.
So, here we are with Ohtani taking the mound today in Oakland. If you wanted to sneak a pitcher onto the field with as little fanfare as possible, Oakland is the place to do it.
The baseball black hole that is Oakland should provide at least some insulation from the media that Ohtani would be getting pummeled by in L.A. But what will he be able to do on the mound tonight? Nobody knows, and that makes for exciting baseball!
The Oakland Athletics aren’t going to be a very good baseball team this year. They play in a really tough division and are a year or two away from competing. But they are likely better than most people think they are. This isn’t a team that is going to lose a hundred games, and they should be competitive most of the year. They are young and untested, but not altogether untalented.
The A’s starter tonight is Daniel Gossett. Gossett got his first taste of Major League action last season after getting called up in June. It did not go well for the young right-hander. Gossett got smashed in his rookie campaign to the tune of a 4-11 record and a sky-high ERA of 6.11. It was a year of learning for Gossett, and he was able to get close to a hundred innings of work in on the big-league level.
Nobody knows if Ohtani is going to come out today and get smashed or if he will look decent. I am pretty sure he won’t be great, he just hasn’t shown me anything in spring training to say he will be very good. But he could be serviceable.
For Gossett? He hasn’t shown me any reason to believe he will do anything but get rocked. All this uncertainty with the starting pitching matchup leads me to one decision. I am taking the over.
It is a big number, at nine runs, but Gossett might give that up by himself, and even if Ohtani does look OK, he won’t be getting too deep into the game. I expect the Angels to keep a very short leash on Ohtani tonight and would be shocked to see him go past the sixth inning. That leaves it up to this Angels bullpen that hasn’t been great in this series.
All of this tells me this game will be a high scoring affair, so I will jump on the over and watch the fireworks. Give me the over nine runs today in Oakland!