I’m still smarting from the brutal MLB loss we took last night. I had the Angels and Jered Weaver at plus money and was feeling smugly pleased as we entered the bottom of the 9th with a 4-1 lead. If wagering teaches nothing, it is humility. The already-written “nice underdog winner” paragraph quickly turned into a gut-punch as the Angels bullpen imploded, allowing four runs in the bottom of the 9th en route to a 5-4 Nationals win. Fortunately, we still have a ton more wins than losses this season, but having a nice underdog payday slip through your fingers like that is an annoying loss…
Let’s erase yesterday’s sting with some winners today on an afternoon-dominated getaway-day baseball schedule.
Today’s Free Picks:
New York Yankees +105 at Boston Red Sox -115 (Total: 8.5)
CC Sabathia (2-2, 5.19 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront (1-2, 5.48 ERA)
Things got fun last night with the Red Sox having Michael Pineda’s neck checked by the umpires in inning two, and low and behold, pine tar! Not too surprising after the well-documented pine tar abuse in their last meeting, which makes me wonder several things: how dumb/arrogant is Pineda to cheat AGAIN after having his cheating documented and monitored in his LAST START? Did he think the Sox would not notice?? The game is on ESPN and in HD television! Secondly, is it such a flagrant advantage that is was worth it? I understand the physics behind it, but can he get guys out without it? If so, why go Harris from Major League one start after being CAUGHT??
Anyhow, tonight we wrap up this fun series with a pair of pitchers on the mound who should be wary of the opposing offense. They have combined for a nearly 11 ERA, and are facing offenses who are both familiar with them and have seen them many times. Sabathia is coming off his best start of the season, allowing just one run in seven innings against the Rays, but I’m not quite ready to pronounce CC as “back” given his struggles over the past 13 months.
Meanwhile, the Sox counter with Doubront, who is also coming off a decent outing, but has been struggling all season. I like both offenses today, especially the Sox getting a little boost from the return of Shane Victorino. These teams know each other well, and are likely to enjoy facing struggling starting pitchers. It makes the 8.5 run line seem generous. I’ll bank on at least one team exploding today and pushing us past the total.