We took a rare loss last night as the Giants couldn’t hold off the Padres in the bottom of the ninth and succumbed 5-4 to San Diego. The loss was especially damaging as the Dodgers skipped Zack Greinke in the rotation on late notice, but still won 4-1 over Arizona. The one game swing makes the deficit seven games with 11 to play and makes defending their World Series crown a near mathematical impossibility.
They will try to begin their heroic last stand with the hero on the hill, Madison Baumgarner. Only problem? The Dodgers have Kershaw throwing tonight. It’s all but over out in the Bay, but hey, at least the Warriors won the Title…
Let’s try to get back to our winning ways and start off a new winning streak.
Today’s Free Pick:
Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
Cody Anderson vs. Kyle Gibson
These Twins just won’t go away. They seemed dead in the water after losing five straight games a week ago, but their current hot play and three game winning streak has landed them just a game behind Houston for the second wildcard spot and in a dogfight with the ‘Stros and Angels for a chance at unexpected postseason glory. The AL Central looked to be the best division in baseball back in April. Cleveland was a chic World Series pick. The Royals and Tigers were considered two of the best teams in baseball and even Chicago had added some arms and bats to an already-talented young core.
Yet, here we are, a little over one week to play in the season and it is the Twins who are battling for the postseason. It’s been a year of exceeded expectations, and young Kyle Gibson’s performance down the stretch is a big factor. He is 5-1 in his last six decisions with a 2.35 ERA. He is holding hitters to a .202 batting average in that stretch and hasn’t allowed a single homerun. He will look to continue that recent success tonight in another need-to-win game for the Twinkies.
Playing the role of spoiler will be Cody Anderson and the Indians, who must be feeling like he is living in a dream-world. In his last three starts he has bested Justin Verlander twice and beaten Chris Sale. Last year, he was scuffling in AAA ball. Crazy. But I think things will, my favorite term, ‘regress to the mean’ tonight. He is a fine pitcher and all, but not really a Hall of Fame beater with regularity. The Twins mojo is back on track and they are phenomenal at home. Minus 125 is a pretty slim price for an even pitching matchup and a tremendous Twins home field advantage.
Free Pick: Minnesota Twins to WIN -125