Last day of the month. Let's get to work.
THE SHOW (1-2 last night and 17-10 so far for the week)
Reds (Simon EVEN) over GIANTS (CAIN) - It's not something I usually do, but I'm getting on the same team with the same guy taking the bump for the 2nd time this week. Simon has been brilliant for the Reds so far. Cincy is 13-3 in the games he's started this season, and he's also 9-1 in road games and 9-1 when the Reds are coming off a win. But this play is as much about how badly the Gigantes are scuffling right now as it is how well the Reds are playing. The worst part about it for the G-Men is that I don't think they've hit bottom yet.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. Nationals (Gonzalez -155) over CUBS (BEELER) - You would think that after the Cubbies have stunned the Nats in the first 2 games of this series, sending Nat Gio to the bump against a minor league call up would be just what the doctor ordered for Washington. I'm not so sure. Gonzalez is 28-13 in road game over the last 2 seasons, but he has not been sharp in his 2 starts since coming off the DL. The command hasn't been there, and he's had to lay in some fat cheese just to avoid walking guys. I'd like to be able to steal one early here, but I can't do it.
2. ROYALS (VENTURA -135) over Angels (Santiago) - That was a huge win for the Royals last night as the pen held down the fort for the last 5 innings. This is a big game for the team today also. They need to show they can beat up on a struggling hurler like Santiago. The Halos are only 1-8 in his starts so far this season, and he's only 2-11 when his team is coming off a loss over the last 2 seasons.
3. Braves (Hale -125) over PHILLIES (O'SULLIVAN) - Our old "whipping boy", Sean O'Sullivan, resurfaces after being called up to make this start in the 2nd game of a double dip between the Bravos and Phils today, and if the Phillies win the 1st game this afternoon, I'll make the move on the Braves over O'Sullivan in the 2nd game.
RUN LINES (9-7 ATS/10-6 SU/12-4 TOTALS yesterday and 42-39/45-35/39-42 so far for the week)
|AMERICAN LEAGUE||NATIONAL LEAGUE|
|JAYS (+1 1/2, O7 1/2)||CUBS (+1 1/2)|
|YANKEES (-1 1/2, O7)||PHILLIES (+1 1/2, U8)|
|Rays (+1 1/2, U8 1/2)||Mets (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)|
|Twins (+1 1/2, O8)||Rockies|
|RANGERS||BREWERS (-1 1/2, U8 1/2)|
|Tigers (-1 1/2, O7 1/2)||D-Backs|
|ASTROS||PADRES (+1 1/2, U7)|
|Angels (+1 1/2, U8 1/2)||Cardinals (+1 1/2, U6 1/2)|
|Indians||Reds (+1 1/2, U7)|
|MARINERS (-1 1/2, U7 1/2)||GIANTS|
|A's (-1 1/2, U7)|
---Not one, but two double headers today. I already mentioned the Braves and Phils twin bill, but that Nats/CUBS game is the first of 2 today also so that both teams can have the day off tomorrow while the F-D-H/S faction can have their "Pride Day" Parade through the north side of Chicago. Flame on!
---As per usual, there are no TOTALS posted yet for either game at Wrigley today. The first game definitely looks like an UNDER though, as I've got it coming in at just a tick under 5 runs.
---I am showing a tie for the Twins/RANGERS game tonight.
---The hapless Red Sox best chance to beat the Yanks in the Bronx might come tonight as Jon Lester draws the starting assignment. Only problem is that Tanaka takes the bump for the Pinstripes.
---Disarray in Houston for the game between the Tigers and 'Stros. Originally, it was listed as Scherzer vs. Kuechel, but now I'm seeing that Oberholzer is going to get another chance for the Houstons.
Nothing to report for the CFL games tonight, so about all we're going to be doing for the rest of the day around here is watch baseball and hope the rain holds off till the Royals get their game in this afternoon. Have a super Saturday. Be careful out there, and I'll talk to you tomorrow.