I took a couple days off from baseball to focus on football, so this will be my first baseball pick since I believe Thursday. I had the Pirates/Giants under which came up as a loser, only the second loss in two weeks for me on the diamond. Chris cashed the over in that same contest, so I tip my hat to him on hitting the other side of my loser. I am still extremely happy with the way this summer has gone, though. My baseball wagers have hit at a 70% clip and have given me a nice fat bankroll to work with for football season. There is still plenty of time left in the baseball regular season, and then of course the postseason, so I’m not done with baseball just yet.
Free MLB Pick:
New York Yankees -107 at Toronto Blue Jays -113 (Total: 9)
Phil Hughes (4-12, 4.88 ERA) vs. R.A. Dickey (9-12, 4.49 ERA)
Are the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays really in a position they envisioned themselves being in at this point in the season. I can answer that with a resounding no. However, the Yankees have had to suffer through a variety of injuries that left them sending out AAA looking rosters. I can’t remember the last time the Yankees lineup looked so depleted. The Jays on the other hand don’t have any excuses. They are 5th in the AL East at 64-67, and just lack any sense of how to play fundamental baseball. Mental and minor mistakes have doomed this squad, which often what kills a season.
Blue Jays’ starter, R.A. Dickey, is sort of a reflection of how this season has transpired. Up, down and all the way around. The team, nor Dickey have been unable to get into any kind of consistent groove. Dickey came over from the Mets, getting a big deal from the Blue Jays to be their ace of the rotation. That failed to occur, and now Dickey is staring at an ugly 9-12 record and 4.49 ERA. There have been people that said he’ll turn it around this season, but he constantly goes out and tosses duds. I guess if you want to say anything, he has been consistently bad. His last three starts reflect how his season has gone thus far, posting an ERA of 4.50, allowing 4 runs each to the Yankees and Rays. Yes, it was only a few days ago on the 21st that Dickey last faced the Yankees. In games like this the batters have a terrific advantage over the pitcher. Simply due to the fact that Dickey’s stuff is still fresh in the mind of Yankees’ sluggers.
Phil Hughes isn’t having a great year either, sitting at 4-12 with a 4.88 ERA. But, at this point in Hughes’ career you can’t really expect much more out of him. It isn’t the same situation as Dickey, where you expect him to be a legitimate shutdown pitcher. Hughes has been in the same ballpark as Dickey lately. In his past three starts, Hughes dished out a 4.96 ERA and less than desirable WHIP of 1.41.
I expect some damage to get done at Rogers Center Monday night. The Yankees’ offense has turned it around in a sense since getting Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson back. The Yankees will presumably have shortstop Derek Jeter back for tonight, a player that has given them a major spark when in the lineup this season. The Blue Jays should be able to capitalize against Hughes, a pitcher you know what you’re going to get out of him. The Blue Jays are one of those teams that hit bad pitching well, but flounders against the best. I look for the final score to get over 9 runs, so I’m making a play on the over to start the week with.
Free Pick: OVER 9