What I can't deal with is Darvish. I know the talent is there. I just can't seem to get it right with him though, so I'm done with him. The situation was there. It was the perfect scenario, and he was horrid last night in Anaheim. There's nothing else for me to do with Yu but put him on The List with the Michigan Wolverines in college football and the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA as "off limits". I don't care if some terrible catastrophe happens to an opponent of his, and he ends up going against an entire lineup of rookie league players. I'm done with him. I mean, I'm not insane. I'm not going to bang my head against a wall and expect a different outcome. Too much damage has been done, and now, so am I where Darvish Is concerned.
THE SHOW (4-4 yesterday)
BUTTA (1-2 yesterday)
1. Reds (Simon EVEN) over CUBS (SAMARDZIJA) - Another situation where we can't deny the numbers. The Reds are playing good ball right now, and they've finally climbed back to .500. I don't see any reason why that shouldn't continue tonight against the Cubs. Simon has been the big surprise for Cinsy, and maybe in the whole league. The Reds are 12-3 in the games he's started this season, and they're 8-1 on the road, 8-1 when coming off a win and 9-0 against sub-.500 teams when Simon starts. A lot has been made of "Eye Chart's" lack of support, and how Samardzija deserves better. That's probably true to some extent, but he's only 1-5 lifetime against the Reds. He's also only 7-18 at home and 4-19 against division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
2. MARINERS (HERNANDEZ -150) over Red Sox (Lackey) - I have to say it up front: This is a terribly dangerous play for a couple of reasons. First, the M's are coming home for their 1st game off a road sweep of the Royals. There might be a mojo problem there. Also, the M's just don't hit for Felix, and to be quite homest, they are rattling the bats much at all for any of their starters. They're also not a great home team either, but they've got the ace going tonight, so the building will be electric on a Monday night. Lackey has probably been the most solid and most consistent of the Sox starters all season long, but Boston doesn't hit, and going against The King and his 7-2 lifetime mark against them doesn't look good for the Sox. Call this a "strong educated guess".
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. BLUE JAYS (STROMAN -125) over Yankees (Whitley) - The Yanks with Whitley on the bump is not a bus I want to step in front of right now, but karma is an important force in the game. You'll remember the Pinstripes swept the Jays last week in the Bronx to pull within 1 1/2-games of the frontrunners. The Bombers stayed home over the weekend, while the Jays limped off to Cincinnati. But the Yankees couldn't take advantage of the Jays dropping 2 of 3 in The Queen City, and that might be a big part of why the Jays should be favored to win tonight. I know Toronto stands to be without Joey Bats and Lawrie, but there's something about a team missing opportunities like the Yanks did this past weekend that doesn't sit well with the baseball gods.
2. ROYALS (GUTHRIE +115) over Dodgers (Greinke) - Total homer pick here, but I think it's at least worth taking the time to mention. Planet Zack "comes home" to The K to face his old team, and in 2 previous meetings against the Royals, his team has gone 0-2. Guthrie is a bulldog. The Royals don't score much for him, but he keeps the team in the game. Dodgers closer, Jansen, might be off limits tonight as he's gone 3 straight games now, so if J-Guts can keep it close, I think the Dodger pen might melt down in the end.
RUN LINES (8-7 ATS/9-6 SU/7-8 TOTALS yesterday)
|AMERICAN LEAGUE||NATIONAL LEAGUE|
|Yankees (+1 1/2, U9)||Marlins|
|BLUE JAYS||PHILLIES (+1 1/2, U8)|
|White Sox||Reds (+1 1/2, O7 1/2)|
|ORIOLES (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)||CUBS|
|MARINERS (-1 1/2, U6 1/2)||BREWERS (-1 1/2, U8)|
|RAYS (-1 1/2, U7 1/2)||ROCKIES (+1 1/2, O10 1/2)|
|ROYALS (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)||GIANTS (-1 1/2, O7)|
---Yes, there are interleague games that aren't annotated in the table as usual. The OCD will not be denied, and symmetry of presentation is everything.
---Now that the axe has fallen in the Padres front office, we have to wonder what's next for the team on the field. I might have more to say on this tomorrow depending on what might happen between now and then, but I also wonder how much of a factor the firing of the VP and GM has on the fact that Cashner has been pushed off his normal day in the rotation for tonight's game in San Francisco in favor of some kid named Odrisamer DeSpaigne.
---Interesting little series opening in Milwaukee tonight between the Nats and the Crew. Washington has got to be feeling good about themselves after winning the last 2 games of their weekend series against the Braves to earn the split, and the Brewers just refuse to lose.
There sure is a lot going on for a night when we don't have a full schedule of games. That's good. Idle hands are the Devil's workshop, right? Have a great day. I'll see you tomorrow.