The last three days I have lost my baseball bets nearly every different way possible. Actually, the first was a push, before I get ahead of myself. 5 runs were scored in that game late between the Nationals and Yankees to push at 7 runs. Only need 3 runs in seven innings for an OVER win, but fail to pick it up. Then finally last night the Nationals threw away a 5-1 lead to lose 6-5 against the Brewers in the 8th inning. Like the Warriors in the NBA Finals, sometimes you can’t buy a bucket, and then in other instances you can’t miss. For three games the bounce has gone the other way, but that will happen over the course of a baseball season. Luckily I was able to hit a play in game 4 of the NBA Finals, but frustrating loss nevertheless in Milwaukee. Can’t change what happened in the past, so it is on to Friday night, where hopefully we can have a big weekend.
The Tigers and Royals were expected to go toe-to-toe for the AL Central crown this season, but thus far, things haven’t played out according to plan. Right now the Royals are in the lead, that is par for the course, but the team trailing them has played the spoiler role. The Twins as it stands now are 2 games back of the Royals, with the Tigers 4.5 back of the Royals. I think we can come to the conclusion that the White Sox and Indians are out of the picture. The surprise here is the Twins, who have positioned themselves in the AL Central to at least be threats. A whole heck of a lot can change from now to the end of September, so hold on before you think the Tigers are out of the picture. The Tigers welcome the bottom dwellers of the division to Comerica Park tonight for a weekend series with the Indians. David Price gets the nod for the Tigers. Price has emerged as the best pitcher in the Tigers rotation and is credited with getting them back on track after a bad losing streak. We take a look at this matchup tonight, as we look to get back on track, too.
Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers
Danny Salazar (6-1, 3.50 ERA) vs. David Price (5-2, 2.70 ERA)
Thank goodness for the Tigers that they have David Price, but he has been the only reliable option going there. Justin Verlander is going to be making his return soon, but who knows how he is going to look when he starts pitching. One thing I can say is that Verlander isn’t going to revert back to Cy Young Verlander. If he does I’ll eat crow. For now in Detroit, it is the David Price show. In particular, Price has been lights out recently, posting an ERA of 1.14 in his last three starts. He allowed only 3 runs in 25.2 innings pitched. Price got a workout in his last outing, going the distance with 9 innings pitched.
Danny Salazar has been playing well for the Indians as well this season, posting an ERA of 3.50 with 6 wins and only 1 loss to his credit. Salazar actually figures to be a fixture in the Indian rotation for years, as he does have the potential to be an ace. Tonight, though, I have to side with the Tigers and David Price. After dropping eight straight, the Tigers won a couple then got rocked by the Chicago Cubs. I see Price bringing them a win tonight before a sold out crowd at Comerica Park on a Friday night in Detroit. I think it’s going to be a battle for the Tigers to win this division, but tonight they should take care of the Indians who are sitting in last. A bounce back win after that abomination against the Cubs should get Tigers feeling better.
PICK: TIGERS TO WIN -135