…………………………………………………I had the UNDER 7 in the White Sox/Mariners game yesterday. That’s all there really is to say for my daily spiel today. After R.A. Dickey hit a double for an RBI, I had a feeling that day was going to go down the tubes. I truly feel like I got a fastball thrown at my lower extremities from Justin Verlander at the moment.
Free MLB Pick:
Oakland Athletics -132 at Chicago White Sox +123 (Total: 8)
Dan Straily (3-2, 4.60 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.57 ERA)
After the heart breaker yesterday I am not even sure why I want to be reminded of the Chicago White Sox, but nevertheless, this looks like a money making game. If you haven’t noticed, and I’m sure a lot of people haven’t, the Oakland Athletics are one of, if not, the hottest team in baseball. They don’t have the brand names to back them up, but they have been smashing the ball with great regularity.
The Athletics are 8-2 in their last ten games, with one of those losses being a 9th inning comeback from the Milwaukee Brewers two games ago. Yesterday the A’s bounced back in a big way, dispatching the Brewers 6-1 in the final game of their series. They’ll look to improve on their flawless performances of late against lefty Jose Quintana. The Athletics have done well off of left handers this year, batting .260 compared to .242 against right handed pitching.
Don’t be fooled by Dan Straily’s ERA of 4.60. When looking at pitchers I want to know how you’re performing now. And currently, you can’t ask for much more out of Straily. In his last three games he has a marvelous ERA of 0.95, parlayed with an OBP of 1.88 and a 0.68 WHIP.
I give a big lean to the Athletics in this one due to the fact that the White Sox bullpen is taxed after going 15 innings yesterday. If Quintana runs into any hint of trouble early, this one could spell lights out. The White Sox have also had a tough travel schedule, having to fly back to Chicago from the east coast after playing in that marathon yesterday. As you can imagine I have a bad taste in my mouth after yesterday, but I have a good feeling we can bounce back today.
Free Pick: Oakland Athletics -132