Dropping a pick on a game that is 0-0 heading into the 10th inning is frustrating for sure, but all in all, still a really good extended Holiday weekend with three wins, including one at +230 to balance out the lone loss. We will try to start the final weekend of the unofficial first half of the season in better fashion and start off with a winner.
Before we do, kudos to the fans of MLB for (mostly) getting it right with their All Star selections. I know I, and many others, were very critical of the absurd fact that it looked like eight KC Royals were headed to Cincinnati as starters. It appears the media outcry was effective as record numbers of votes poured in and helped deserving starters like Miguel Cabrera, Jose Altuve, and Josh Donaldson surge into the lead. In the National League it was nice to see a worthy starter like Todd Frazier received a late influx of votes. It is always nice to see a deserving candidate get the nod in his home ballpark. Good job overall fans.
As someone who is making a decent trip (not to mention a hefty ticket price) to head to the game next Tuesday, I am glad to see mostly deserving starters taking the field in the first few innings. The remainder of the reserves will be announced tonight so I am sure we will have lots to talk about and discuss tomorrow, but for now, all is well in the world of MLB…
Today’s Free Pick:
Detroit Tigers +151 at Seattle Mariners -161 (Total: 7)
Alfredo Simon vs. Hisashy Iwakuma
Iwakuma is making his first start since an injury on April 20th and with his return comes a renewed optimism in the Mariners chances to make the surge into playoff contended that most expected heading into this season. Meanwhile Alfredo Simon has seen a fantastic early season erupt into flames in his last three dreadful outings and will be looking to regain his early season form tonight.
Simon has allowed a staggering 11.03 ERA with a WHIP of 2.31 in his last three disasterous outings. However, his season ERA is STILL a respectable 3.94, considering the recent carnage, that’s rather impressive. Also going for him tonight is the fact he is facing a faily inept Mariner lineup that is hitting just .227 and averaging 3.3 runs per game. If Simon IS going to get back on track this season, tonight is the night to show it.
Meanwhile, Iwakuma was one of the more dominant pitchers in baseball the last few years, pitching quietly in the shadow of King Felix. But making your first start after an extended stint on the DL against the Tigers is a tough ask, and is the main reason I like taking the big plus-money flyer. Detroit has failed to score four or more runs only once in their last nine games, despite playing four games against the Pirates whose pitching staff has been amazing this season and faced the heart of it with Burnett and Cole). I know they are without Miggy for a while, which is a big blow, but I expect them to still score some runs.
I expect the Tigers to score some runs and Simon to settle back into at least a decent pitcher tonight. I’ll take the big odds and try to scoop up another healthy payday tonight by backing the Tigers.