When I wrote that it was “back to reality” for the Houston Astros with Yu Darvish looming as the starting pitcher, I felt pretty confident in the pick and pretty excited about the prospect of getting the Rangers at even money on the runline. However, I didn’t expect Yu to be quite that good. Darvish delighted the “road” crowd (that felt more like a Ranger home game) by taking a perfect game into the bottom of the 9th before surrendering a two-out seeing eye single that went through his own legs. He finished the day with a line of 8 2/3 innings, 1 hit, and a ridiculous 14 strikeouts, making it one of the most dominant first starts of the season in MLB history.
It was a treat to watch, and runs our early season record to 4-1, with a nice tidy profit of just under 34 units on 10 unit wagers.
Let’s keep it going tonight with an entertaining rivalry in the Bronx.
Boston Red Sox +109 at New York Yankees -119
Clay Buchholz vs. Hideki Kuroda
The Yankees showed some real signs of weakness on Opening Day, and for once the usually reliable CC Sabathia couldn’t bail them out. The big guy gave up some runs early and the Bronx Bombers could never break through offensively to get back in the game. I think that is going to be a recurring theme until they get healthy. It may even continue beyond that. Jeter and A-Rod aren’t exactly young and Mark Texieria is a notoriously slow starter. This year the “slow start” could very well just be starting on a later date.
They are going to struggle offensively often, and I think Clay Buchholz will give them some troubles today. He was dreadful against the Yankees last year – but nearly every Red Sox was – posting a 0-2 record with a 15.26 ERA. However, this is a vastly different lineup he will be facing in chilly New York today. The Red Sox say he looked good in Spring, and have rewarded it with a show of faith, throwing him as their #2 starter despite other options.
Kuroda was the Yankees rock last season, and I don’t expect him to get shelled, but I do expect he will not enjoy the same luxury of run support he experienced last year. I am not sure he will outright take the loss today, but I think the Yankees will. 0-2!?! Let the panic begin in the Bronx, baby!
Free Pick: Boston Red Sox to WIN +109