We notched another big plus-money winner last night with the Tigers piling runs on the Mariners en route to an easy 12-5 win. It took a little leap of faith to back to +150 dog with a scuffling Alfredo Simon on the mound, especially given his dreadful performance in his last three starts, and he wasn’t fantastic last night by any stretch – but the Tigers offense did enough and then some to make up for it. I’m still not convinced the Tigers can keep piling up the runs at this ridiculous pace without Miggy, but don’t think their offense will just wilt away either.
Meanwhile, the All-Star reserves were announced. I wasn’t surprised to see A-Rod left off the roster, but I was a little disappointed that he wasn’t at least on the ballot for the final slot. Not only does he legitimately deserve to be considered, it would have been a blast to let the FANS decide whether or not they wanted to see him as opposed to a petty and vengeful MLB (yes, that is my honest opinion. A-Rod could have been hitting .400 with 25 HRs and I still don’t think MLB would have selected their favorite outcast).
Would A-Rod have won the vote? I am not sure, but you can bet there would have been significantly more interest if the most famous active baseball player was in the mix…
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Today’s Free Pick:
Oakland A’s -109 at New York Yankees +101 (Total: 7)
Sonny Gray vs. Nathan Eovaldi
Nathan Eovaldi has good stuff and a great record at 8-3. But that mark might be a bit of a mirage considering his 4.68 ERA. Sonny Gray has a similar 9-2 record. It is not a mirage. He enters tonight with a 2.06 ERA and a reasonable claim to be the AL’s starter next Tuesday in Cincinnati. He held the Yankees to just two runs earlier this season in a 6-2 win and will make his first career start in Yankee Stadium tonight. This should be good news for the A’s – Gray is 6-1 with 1.86 ERA on the road this season.
Meanwhile, Eovaldi has benefited from some generous run support in 2015, he has given up three or less runs in seven of his last eight starts. He was pedestrian against Oakland earlier this season, allowing 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings and is 0-3 lifetime in the matchup.
I’m pretty surprised you can get Sonny Gray at near even-money, even as well as the Yankees have played this season and as poorly as have the Athletics. Gray has a WHIP under one at 0.99. I like him to control the game and keep enough people off the bases to earn the win.