Just missing out on a big underdog win are probably the most frustrating ways to go down. The Braves outhit the Nationals and Shelby Miller was lights out for Atlanta. However, it wasn’t until the 9th inning that the Braves actually facilitated any kind of offense. But with that said, it was a glorious chance for offense with the bases loaded and no outs. All the Braves got was a run off a sac-fly which resulted in a double play after a mishap at second base. With a runner on 3rd with no outs the Braves were unable to capitalize in that instance as well. The end result was a 2-1 win for the Nationals in the 11th inning. Those are ones you will remember for a few days. I have either won my bets in convincing fashion this baseball season or lose like that. It has been hard to get the coin flip to go my way, although having +143 in a coin flip like that is the place I would be happy to be. While the bet did not hit, I can still rest assure that it was a smart bet. Most of the time you just have to chalk it up as a stupid bet, but I’d make that same bet again if I had the chance. Of course hoping for a different result. We take a look at the Thursday night card for my MLB pick of the day.
Note the early start time for this game in the afternoon. The Detroit Tigers finally return home after a long exhausting road trip, which was capped off by a 8-2 loss to the Indians yesterday. The road trip was met with mixed reviews, but their previous serious against the Indians was successful in the sense that they were about to win two of three games from them. A 8-2 shellacking isn’t the prettiest result though when the Tigers need to start becoming a team others are scared to play. For the last ten years they’ve been that team, but with the AL Central getting better the Tigers aren’t the only team in that division. The White Sox are in the division, but they aren’t in the division in the sense of being a competitive team. This season it is between the Tigers, Royals, and the surprising Twins. The Tigers rely on Alfredo Simon today in their first home game in over a week.
Chicago White Sox vs Detroit Tigers
Carlos Rodon (3-1, 3.75 ERA) vs. Alfredo Simon (7-4, 3.29 ERA)
In a capsule, the Tigers season has been marred by an inconsistency at the plate and inconsistency from their starting pitching. Want to find some form of consistency with the Tigers? Look at their bullpen, the one area everyone was predicting was going to be the worst area of this team. While the bullpen has had some games where they’ve been hit, no one can put the blame solely on them for their .500 record in 2015. Alfredo Simon has had times to shine, and times where he looks like a pitcher that belongs in the minors. More often, Simon has shined, notably at home where he has been a formidable force. In 40 innings at home, Simon has a strong ERA of 1.58 and 1.00 WHIP.
I see this as a nice spot for the Tigers to rebound after a porous showing against the Indians yesterday. I think they were just looking forward to get back home at Comerica Park today. It isn’t a bad place to find themselves against Carlos Rodon, who has been lit up on several occasions on the road this season. Note that Rodon has a 5.29 ERA on the road, with a really high 1.83 WHIP. In other words, he is nearly allowing 2 base runners per inning. I’ll take the Tigers to get Thursday started off with.
PICK: TIGERS TO WIN -130