Time plays a funny role in baseball. Opinions tend to get formed quickly by the casual fans, perhaps from the hype and excitement of Opening Day, perhaps it is because we are impatient – but for whatever reason there was a lot of consternation in Washington, Anaheim, and San Francisco. But lo and behold, after a deep breath, all these contenders are RIGHT back where they were supposed to be; contending. With a little bit of patience and remembering it is a LONG season, things tend to sort themselves out in MLB. In the case of these three teams, Denny Green might say, “they are who we thought they were.”
The run Washington is on gathers all the attention, but very quietly, since jettisoning Josh Hamilton officially, the Angels have been killing it under the radar. You don’t hear their name much with all the excitement around the upstart Astros, but it may wind up that Anaheim (er, Los Angeles) is the team to beat once again in the West…
We took a breather yesterday to regroup from a tough NBA run and poor two weeks overall. So let’s get back on the grind and start stacking up a holiday weekend full of winners.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
Trevor May vs. Chris Sale
The White Sox are another one of those teams with lofty expectations that stumbled out of the box. Their 1-2 starters, Samardizijia and Sale struggled mightily and despite a decent hitting lineup, the losses started piling up on the South Side. All of a sudden, the White Sox are playing decent baseball (though the Tigers and Royals seem to be a two-team race in the Central) and their wildcard dreams are at least back in play. They enter tonight just a game under .500 with their ace on the hill looking to draw them even for the first time this year.
His opposing number, Trevor May has been pretty average this season, and below average in his last three outings. He is just 0-2 with a 6.16 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched. His WHIP for the entire season is up over one and a half, which makes it tough to stack wins consistently.
Sale has pretty lousy season numbers as well, especially by the near Cy-Young standard the FGCU product has established for himself. However, over his last three outings he has been sharper, with an ERA just over three and his team is a perfect 4-0 to match. I expect a nice outing from him today against Twins team that is hitting just .223 on the road.
Weird stat – the White Sox are hitting .153 at home against lefties. That’s insane. Thank goodness that May is a righty. They hit .262 against the righties, and May is not a particularly great one at that – look for the South Siders to get Sale some runs and to keep their winning streak with him on the mound intact with an easy win.