Chris Sale wasn’t hampered by the rain delay early in the ballgame, as he picked up right where he left off, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros. Too long of a break in a rain delay can sometimes spell the end for a pitcher as their arms tighten up. Sale did allow a run when he came back, and McCullers allowed 2, but they settled in and pitched a great game the rest of the way. We were on the UNDER, so it was a little bit of nervous times after they looked to be having some troubles after they came back from the rain delay. However, fortunately enough they were just getting back on their grooves. Sale was able to get the best of McCullers though, as he certainly looked like the ace of the White Sox last night. The NBA playoffs continue tonight in Cleveland after a couple of wild ones in Golden State, and of course, we have another full slate of MLB action to pick from.
The Washington Nationals and New York Yankees meet up at Yankee Stadium tonight, where Masahiro Tanaka looks to stay hot in his comeback tour from his injury last season. It was a devastating blow to the Yankees to lose Tanaka then, but even more important is his health for the future. We’ll get a better idea of that as we progress this season, but if his first five starts are any indication, then the Yankees have nothing to worry about. The Nationals send out Max Scherzer in his response. Scherzer has answers critics this season, where there were a lot that thought he was going to collect his big salary and fall off after getting that money. It hasn’t made an impact on Scherzer, as he is pitching some of the best baseball of his career. Max and Tanaka square off tonight for a battle of the hottest pitchers at the moment in the majors.
Washington Nationals vs. N.Y. Yankees
Max Scherzer (6-4, 1.85 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (3-1, 2.67 ERA)
With the kind of numbers Scherzer has put up, it’s easy to see why he isn’t fooling around and proving to the Nationals that they made well on their investment of him. The ultimate estimate of measure in that regard will be Scherzer leading them in the postseason. But he can’t do it all by himself, the offense does have to come and play some nights. Yes, Scherzer has a 1.85 ERA, but his record is only 6-4. He was getting some gaudy run support on the Tigers, but thus far with the Nationals the offense hasn’t returned the favor. Along with the 1.85 ERA, Scherzer enters Yankee Stadium tonight with a WHIP of 0.91 and .238 OBP. His only bad starts have come at home, on the road he boasts an ERA of 0.79 and 0.94 WHIP.
The Yankees come back with a strong hurler of their own in Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka in his first five starts has a 2.76 ERA. But even better is how he has gotten before since his opening start, where he allowed 4 and then 3 in his next start. After that in his next three outings he went for a 0.89 ERA with a miniscule 0.49 WHIP and .143 OBP against. It appears to me that we are going to have a pitching matchup on our hands. I was expected a total of 6.5, so I am going to jump on the UNDER 7 for Tuesday night.
PICK: UNDER 7 RUNS (-114)