It's always a big plus when things go pretty much exactly as planned. There really wasn't much drama involved in bagging both of my games last night, and that's just the way I like it. So, we head into the midweek portion of the proceedings in great shape but looking for more success. Let's get started.
THE SHOW (4-0 yesterday and 5-2 for the week)
BUTTA (1-0 yesterday and 1-1 so far for the week)
ORIOLES (TILLMAN -150) over Padres (Cashner) - Even after last year's great success, the O's are still a team that largely gets overlooked. This is a team that has all the makings for another strong run toward October though: Decent starting pitching, a solid bullpen, great defense, and an offense that takes advantage with great clutch hitting. It's a group that doesn't miss too many opportunities when they have a chance to score. With a Friars team coming in that's struggled mightily away from Petco so far this season, it all adds up to a huge advantage for the Birds.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. Brewers (Lohse -120) over PIRATES (LOCKE) - It's been a bit of a mixed bag for Kyle Lohse since signing on with the Crew. He's pitched well, but doesn't have a whole lot to show for it. Against the Pirates though, he's 9-2 lifetime.
2. RAYS (MOORE -145) over Red Sox (Lackey) - After Lester and Buchholz, there's not been a whole lot propping the Sox up lately. Lackey is another one of those guys like Beckett. His best days are behind him, and he's put an awful lot into making a comeback. He just doesn't look like he's learned to pitch with limitations yet.
3. Giants (Zito +125) over BLUE JAYS (DICKEY) - Zito is the anchor of that Giant staff, and there's not a whole lot that he tosses up there that's straight. I expect that will give a the free-swinging Jays a lot of trouble tonight. And Barry's numbers over the last couple of years aren't bad either: The G-Men are 29-13 in all games he's started, 21-7 when he gets the ball off a win and 6-0 when Zito takes the bump after 3 or more consecutive wins.
RUN-(NING) LINES (6-5 ATS/6-3 SU/4-7 TOTALS yesterday and 13-13/14-8/10-16 so far for the week)
1. TIGERS (-1 1/2, O8 1/2) over Astros
2. TWINS (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) vs. White Sox
3. Royals (+1 1/2, O8 1/2) at ANGELS
4. ATHLETICS (+1 1/2, O7 1/2) vs. Rangers *
5. ORIOLES (-1 1/2, O8) over Padres
6. Mariners (+1 1/2, U6 1/2) at YANKEES
7. RAYS (-1 1/2, O7 1/2) over Red Sox
8. Giants (+1 1/2, O8 1/2) at BLUE JAYS
9. PIRATES (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) vs. Brewers
10. CARDINALS (-1 1/2, U8 1/2) over Mets
11. CUBS (-1 1/2, U10 1/2) over Rockies
12. Braves (+1 1/2, U9) at D-BACKS
13. Nationals (+1 1/2, U6 1/2) at DODGERS
14. MARLINS (+1 1/2, U7) vs. Reds
15. PHILLIES (+1 1/2, O8 1/2) vs. Indians
* - We have another tie showing up for tonight between the Rangers and A's.
THE NBA (2-0 ATS/2-0 SU/1-1 TOTALS last night and 2-1/2-1/1-2 so far for the week)
BUTTA (1-0 last night and so far for the week as well)
I have no interest in getting involved in either of tonight's games.
ALL THE REST
1. PACERS (-5 1/2, U180) 89, Knicks 77 - This is the biggest game of the series. The Knicks backs are against the wall. They're not the better team, yet they can still get their home court advantage back with a win. If J.R. Smith finds a way to get off tonight, that makes the Knicks dangerous.
2. SPURS 105, Warriors (+7, O195) 100 - Both teams have coughed a game up in this series, so it becomes a best 2 of 3 with the Spurs holding the home court edge. And even though the Spurs gave the last game away, they've got the pace and tempo slowed down to where they want it in the last 2 games. I think they win this game tonight, but I'm not so sure that it won't be as close as my projection indicates.
Sorry for the late posting today, but it was an interesting morning around here. I spent a great deal of it in the ER after getting a call from my mother that she was having some difficulty. Everything checked out okay with her though, and she's now home relatively hale and hearty.
Have a great rest of your Tuesday, and I'll see you again tomorrow.