We endured our worst beat of the season yesterday, as Huston Street botched a save attempt in the 9th inning. With the Angels up 3-0 heading into the last frame, Street turned into a dumpster fire and allowed the Red Sox to score 5 runs. At 3-1, Dustin Pedroia connected on a long ball with 2 outs to put them up 4-3, followed by another dinger for an extra insurance run. Brutal, but those will happen here and there. It was our first negative month of the season, so nothing to get discouraged about as I am still up at a healthy. That loss doesn’t compare to the 0-0 Mariners/White Sox 15th inning loss I had on the UNDER a few years ago, but it was a stinger regardless. I haven’t had too many bad beats this season, so I was probably due. Anyway, moving on to Monday, where it’s a brand new week and a brand new week.
The Hall of Fame Game is only a week away and training camp is going to be in full swing this week. Football is just around the corner, which is my favorite time of the year. Hopefully we can stack some dollars to add to the NFL and college football bankroll. It’ll be here before you know it. Before we get there though, let’s just focus on everything one day at a time. Tonight brings us to Cleveland, where the Indians are still hanging high in the AL Central, with a 4.5 game lead over the Tigers. The Tigers have kept winning lately, but they are treading water against the Indians as they continue to win as well. You have to pay attention to race in the American League East between the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles. Likewise, the race for a wildcard is going to be a tight one as well. The Tigers are going to find themselves either just in the postseason or just out. Cleveland gets what looks like a cupcake series against the Twins to start the week, but they cannot take them lightly here or it could kill their momentum. I’ll get into my pick for tonight below.
Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians
Jose Berrios (1-1, 10.20 ERA) vs. Danny Salazar (11-3, 2.97 ERA)
Things could be going a little more swimmingly for Jose Berrios. He’s a young guy who has gotten a few starts this season, before getting demoted back to the minors. Berrios recently got called back up to pitch against the Indians. His last start came on May 16th against the Tigers, where he got belted for 7 runs in only 0.2 innings. The Twins quickly sent him back down to try and regain some confidence. This will be his second start against the Indians this season, after allowing 5 runs in 4 innings to them way back on April 27th. His ERA against them amounted to a 11.25, along with a 2.00 WHIP.
Salazar hasn’t been at his best of late, posting a 6.61 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his last three starts. Two of those games accounted for 10 runs in total to the Yankees and Nationals, and against the Royals he allowed 2 runs. Other than those two starts, Salazar has been pitching well for the Indians. The Tribe hope those two starts were a blip on the map for him. He’s been adequate against the Twins across eight starts, with a 3.63 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Berrios has been unable to show he can pitch at this level yet. I see nerves getting the best of him, and the Indians do something similar to the first time around against him. I’ll be looking at the Indians to give a strong performance and make us forget about yesterday.
PICK: INDIANS -1.5 (+105)