We cashed a couple of picks yesterday, and look for more winners today in the final slate of games before the All-Star break. The over in the Blue Jays/Orioles game hit in the top of the 7th after the Blue Jays erupted with an offensive attack on the Orioles. And in Pittsburgh we got a bases loaded walk to push the Pirates lead to 4-2, cashing our RL wager which paid out pretty nicely.
I have had an excellent season so far in MLB wagering. It is always a good sign when your down period for the year is when you break even for a couple of weeks. I am eager to see what the second half has in store, and plan on continuing to provide winners for you guys on a weekly basis. Not going to win all of them, but I can say we are going to be up big after the season finale. Let’s enter the All-Star break on a nice 3-0 run.
Free MLB Pick:
Los Angeles Angels +105 at Seattle Mariners -125 (Total: 8)
Joe Blanton (2-11, 5.40 ERA) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (7-4, 2.97 ERA)
The Los Angeles Angels will look to avoid being swept by the Seattle Mariners Sunday afternoon in Seattle. The Angels dropped the first two of the three game series by scores of 6-0 and 8-3. It isn’t an idea situation for the Angels on Sunday, as they send unreliable right-hander Joe Blanton to the mound. Blanton has a horrific 2-11 record, and a very pedestrian ERA of 5.40. There have been games this season where he has gotten absolutely hammered against relatively average offensive teams. The biggest concern for Blanton is the amount of homers he has conceded to opposing teams in this season. On the road he has allowed a whopping 16. 6 of those 16 runs came in his last three games, where he has an ERA of 6.11 and putrid .346 OBP.
The Mariners will counter with a right-hander of their own, Hisashi Iwakuma. Iwakuma won me plenty of money earlier in the season with winning under bets, but I luckily jumped off the train just in time. In the past several weeks, Iwakuma has significantly regressed, not just a little bit, but in a big way. It was to be expected offenses were only going to score 1 or 2 runs on him, but lately he has been lucky to keep it under 5 runs. In fact, the last time Iwakuma allowed less than 4 runs in a game was on June 10th against the abysmal Houston Astros. His ERA has been 7.41 in his last three starts, and shouldn’t have it any easier against a hungry Angels team that have only scored 3 runs so far in this series.
The Seattle Mariners’ offense for the greater part of last season was an utter joke. However, I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but they are beginning to learn how to swing the bats with some consistency. Mariners’ games have actually gone over the number 12-2 in their last fourteen home games. It may seem unrealistic, but this is a true figure. In their last ten games they have scored 59 runs! Very un-Mariner like to say the least.
I like the Angels’ sluggers to bust out before we hit the All-Star break. Iwakuma comes into Sunday extremely vulnerable, and I think the Angels bring his confidence down even more. Both teams should be able to hit both pitchers, and consequently, they will push the number over the total.
Free Pick: OVER 8