LOSS: 1 Unit – Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (-101)
LOSS: 1 Unit – Atlanta at Washington (-129)
WIN: 1 Unit – Chi White Sox at Cleveland (-135)
WIN: 1 Unit – NY Mets at Minnesota (-102)
WIN: 1 Unit – LA Dodgers at Arizona Under 8 (-110)
LOSS: 1 Unit – Houston at LA Angels (-1.5) (+115)
Season YTD: 17-12 +3.86 Units
MLB Futures Watch:
.5 Units: Pittsburgh Pirates Under 77 (-110) 4-6
1 Unit: Houston Astros Under 59.5 (-110) 4-6
1 Unit: Atlanta Braves Over 87.5 (-110) 9-1
1 Unit: Seattle Mariners Over 77 (-125) 5-7
1.5 Units: Cleveland Indians Over 77 (-110) 4-5
Mets and the Dodgers/Diamondbacks Under we’re never in question. We finally win a close moneyline game with Cleveland. Would’ve been nice to win just 1 of the remaining three games but Cincinnati’s comeback efforts go for nothing after battling back the whole game only to give up the lead immediately after tying the game. It’s in those situations you hope your bullpen can come in and get a quick 1-2-3- inning to get you back in the dugout. And of all bullpens, the Nationals keep us from a winning day blowing a late game against Atlanta. Oh yeah, and I don’t even know what to say about the Angels. Yesterday was a perfect scenario for them to make a stand for an early comeback for the season. Definitely didn’t pan out that way.
Seems like we just can’t get back on track to our winning ways early in the season. This is how baseball goes, you just hope you can tread water till you can get a couple solid days under your belt and then do it all over again. Back to the grind over the weekend.
1 Unit – NY Mets at Minnesota (-125)
Matt Harvey seems to be the real deal. He’s had to great starts to begin the season (2-0 w/ a 0.64 ERA in 14 IP with 19 Ks) and shouldn’t have to much trouble with the struggling Twins. His opponent in Scott Diamond hasn’t thrown in a game yet this year due to starting the season on the DL recovering from elbow surgery. He pitched well last year but has average stats for the most part throughout his young career. With the depth the Mets have in their lineup, -125 is a solid number to deal with.
1 Unit – Toronto at Kansas City (-130)
James Shields makes his debut in Kansas City as a Royal facing off against the veteran knuckelballer RA Dickey. Coming from the AL East contender Rays, Shields has plenty of experience with the Toronto lineup. The Jays definitely had a few personnel changes this offseason, but with his 11-5 career mark holding an ERA of 3.24, I think he can come out on top of this one.
2 Units – LA Dodgers at Arizona Under 9 (-120)
We’re rolling out our first step out game of the year today, and it’s a doozy. This game should probably be close to 7 or 7.5 at the absolute most. 9 seems like a gift. Hyun-Jin Ryu has proven his worth so far this year. He’s 1-1 so far with a 2.13 ERA. I don’t think his first road game should get to him, and I see him rising to the occasion.
Ian Kennedy has faired well against the Dodgers in the past and has great batter/pitcher numbers against roughly the entire team. Here’s their starting lineup from yesterday, and his numbers against them.
Hairston, J, LF-3B – 0-5
Ellis, M, 2B – 0-6
Kemp, CF – 4-16
Gonzalez, Ad, 1B – 2-16
Uribe, 3B – 0-8
b-Crawford, C, PH-LF – 2-9
Tolleson, P – 0-0
Howell, P – 0-0
Ethier, RF – 5-20
Ellis, A, C – 2-9
Sellers, SS – 1-3
a-Punto, PH-SS – 0-3
Total: 16-95 (.168 AVG)
That’s no small sample size either. He’s 5-2 in his career with a 3.24 ERA. He’s also faired slightly better at home in his career which helps us here.
Both bullpens are fresh and ready to go in this one too. Each has only pitched 7 2/3 innings in their last 3 games.
Nothing really points against us in this game except that maybe Ryu is making his first start on the road. But let’s be real, he not exactly from here, so every game could be considered a road game to him. Expect a 3-1 or 4-2 kind of contest in this one.
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