It's sad to watch, but it sure looks like it's over for Doc. He got bombed again yesterday by a relatively punchless Marlin offense. Halladay will be going to see Dr. Yocum about discomfort in his shoulder and back, and that's not a good thing. He's at a point in his career where it will be difficult for him to come back if he has to go under the knife. And then there's the possibility that he'll have to learn how to pitch all over again without the kind of stuff that made him so formidable for all these years. I've made a lot of money with him for a long time, so I hope everything goes well for Doc. I just hate seeing guys "hang on" too long.
THE SHOW (0-4 yesterday)
Doc wasn't the only problem for me yesterday. It was a rough start to the week. It's not like it hasn't happened before, so I'm not banging my head against a wall. I'll just have to start digging out.
BUTTA (0-2 yesterday)
1. RAYS (HELLICKSON -145) over Jays (Buehrle) - The Rays will be happy to be home after a cold and blustery road trip for them, and even with Buehrle, the Jays just don't have anything going on.
2. GIANTS (BUMGARNER -160) over Phillies (Lee) - The Phils don't have much working either. Uncle Cliffy is about as good as it gets for them, but he's got really bad numbers over the last couple of years when it comes to night games (8-15) and when starting off a team loss (6-14). To make matters worse, the Phils have had to travel cross country with no days off as well.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. REDS (ARROYO -125) over Braves (Maholm) - Bronson Arroyo can be erratic, but he's 6-3 lifetime against the Bravos. The Reds look like they've found their bats again, and that could be bad for Maholm. He does have a 7-4 lifetime record against the Reds, but in his career, he's only 21-51 in night road games.
2. D-Backs (Cahill -115) over DODGERS (CAPUANO) - Cahill's 4-0 record and 2.03 ERA in his career against the Dodgers is hard to pass on. So is his 18-8 record against division opponents on the road. And it's even harder to pass on the Snake's against Capuano, who's only 2-5 with a 4.74 ERA in his career against Arizona. All that being said, I will pass.
BROOMOLOGY (4-3 ATS & 2-5 SU yesterday)
Road Dog (3-0 ATS & 1-2 SU yesterday)
White Sox (+1 1/2) at ROYALS
RUN-(NING) LINES (7-8 ATS/5-8 SU/11-4 TOTALS yesterday)
1. Athletics (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) at INDIANS
2. RED SOX (-1 1/2, O9) over Twins
3. RAYS (-1 1/2, U7 1/2) over Blue Jays
4. White Sox (+1 1/2, O7) at ROYALS
5. REDS (-1 1/2, U7 1/2) over Braves
6. Marlins (+1 1/2, O7 1/2) at PADRES
7. DODGERS (+1 1/2, O7) vs. D-Backs
8. GIANTS (-1 1/2, O6) over Phillies
9. CUBS (+1 1/2, O8) vs. Rangers
THE NBA (1-1 ATS/1-1 SU/0-2 TOTALS yesterday)
BUTTA (no play yesterday)
Nothing to see here tonight either. The numbers are just too big for me to jump the favorites and too small to want anything to do with the dogs.
ALL THE REST
1. HEAT (-11 1/2, O186) 106, Bulls 82 - Good for the Bulls for making it this far through all their adversity. The Heat will dominate tonight to take any hope Chicago had away from them. Then Miami will go for the heart and soul in subsequent games, and this series will be over lickety-split
2. SPURS 102, Warriors (+8 1/2, U201) 97 - It's big number with the way the Warriors can shoot from distance, but they've lost 29 in a row in San Antonio. They'll also really start to miss David Lee in this series. I do give Golden State a little more credit than the Bulls though. I think they can win one when they go back home, but beyond that, this series should be over quickly too.
Have a great Monday. I'll see you tomorrow.