In a route, the Boston Red Sox made sure that our OVER bet was not going to go to waste. The Red Sox pummeled the Yankees for 11 runs on 18 hits to go along with a Mike Napoli grand slam in the top of the 3rd. It appeared that we were going to run into a bad beat, but the Red Sox tacked on some additional runs in the 8th and 9th to send it over the total. Another nice day for my picks here at The Sports Geek. Now lets cap the week off with another winner shall we.
Free MLB Pick:
Detroit Tigers -126 at Baltimore Orioles +107 (Total: 10)
Rick Porcello (2-2, 5.29 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (0-2, 11.00 ERA)
There isn’t much more that can be said about Miguel Cabrera other than “wow”. On Saturday Cabrera continued to send ripples through MLB with a towering shot to deep left to clear the bases with a grand slam. He is now batting a gaudy .369 with 17 HRs and 65 RBIs. With an OBP of .445, Cabrera reaches base safely nearly half of the time. All kidding aside, the Orioles should have intentionally walked in a run on purpose. However, there is no slouch behind him in Prince Fielder, who also connected for a homerun yesterday. After failing to score a run on Friday night, the Tigers busted out in a big way, recording five homers en route to a 10-3 victory behind Justin Verlander.
The Tigers should have plenty of opportunities to duplicate that performance against a young right hander. Kevin Gausman has plenty of promise in Baltimore, as he does have some promising talent. Gausman, however, has been unable to put together a decent start this season. His first two starts were horrid, allowing 7 runs in his last appearance against the Nationals, and 4 to the Blue Jays. He is extremely susceptible to the long ball, surrendering four in those two starts. That certainly isn’t a statistic that you want to have coming in against a team that loves to go yard.
The Orioles have an offense to be proud of as well; spearheaded by the likes of Adam Jones, Chris Davis, and unlikely hero, Manny Machado. The Orioles in particular love to take advantage of right handed pitchers, which Tigers’ starter Rick Porcello happens to be. Porcello hasn’t been too bad of late, but still struggles greatly when he isn’t in his own backyard at Comerica Park. Away from home Porcello has a whopping 6.97 ERA. While Porcello has pitched pretty well the last three games, he is due to get beat up against a team that knows how to swing for the fences.
The total of 10 may scare some people away, but I think the number is totally justified. We have two of the best offenses in the league squaring off against one another with a couple of less than average hurlers on the hump. The Tigers’ bats should be able to take advantage of Gausman who fails to have much confidence heading into Sunday. Conversely, the Orioles bats should be able to get to a pitcher that struggles on the road. This game should hit 12 or 13 points, so take the over.
Free Pick: TOTAL OVER 10