We came out on the positive side once again on Monday, cashing the UNDER 7.5 in the A’s/Pirates game. It was quite the entertaining matchup, well not quite, but for under backers it was bliss. The Athletics ultimately ended up edging the Pirates out by a score of 2-1. Bartolo Colon and Jeff Locke were both superb, as they mowed down the lineup relatively easily. Let’s look at another total for Tuesday night that appears to be a profitable one.
Free MLB Pick:
Toronto Blue Jays -105 at Cleveland Indians -115 (Total: 9)
Josh Johnson (1-3, 4.89 ERA) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.67 ERA)
The Toronto Blue Jays travel to Cleveland for a three game series with the Indians. The Jays are fresh off an 11-5 smack down on the Minnesota Twins, where they took 2 out of 3. The Indians are feeling good as well after they defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-6, on Sunday afternoon. This is gut check time for both teams, as there isn’t much room for error at this point if they want a spot in the playoffs. It would take a small miracle for the Indians to dethrone the Tigers from the top spot in the AL Central, but if they are going to do it, they are going to need to beat a quality team like the Blue Jays.
The Indians will have the opportunity to take advantage of a Josh Johnson that hasn’t been feeling is regular self this season. By no fault of his own, The Blue Jays’ righty has been plagued by injuries for the majority of this season. Since coming back off the disabled list, Johnson hasn’t don’t much to prove that he is back to form. In his last three outings, Johnson has tossed an awful ERA of 6.28. His latest troubles came against the Detroit Tigers, where he allowed 6 runs in 5 innings of work. The scariest part regarding Johnson is his work in road starts, with an ERA of 9.26, it is going to need to improve drastically if the Jays are going to have a shot at making a run in the second-half of the season.
Johnson isn’t the only pitcher that has had his share of problems this season, as Ubaldo Jimenez echoes the same sentiments. This is certainly not the Jimenez the Indians expected when they acquired him two seasons ago from the Colorado Rockies. He was expected to be an ace, but all he has become is an average, to below average pitcher. His recent starts haven’t been all that great either, with an ERA of 4.70 in his last three stats. Also, you would think his numbers would be better at home, but nope, Jiminez holds a 6.82 ERA in this regard.
I like both teams to keep doing what they did in their last games, score a bunch of runs. In the least, I think the score will fall over the posted total of 9. In addition, I like the Blue Jays chances to pick up a much needed victory in the final week before the All-Star break. I will take the OVER 9 with a lean on the Jays.
Free Pick: OVER 9