In The End

7/25/14 in MLB   |   pigskinfan   |   53 respect

Blog Photo - In The EndTough break in Minnesota last night.  We don't know how things would have turned out if Phil Hughes hadn't taken a missile off the ankle and was forced to leave the game, but we do know that a 0-1 Twinks deficit at the time of the injury completely unraveled once his replacement took over.  These are the things that we hope don't happen during a game.  Nobody wants to see anyone get hurt, but when it's the guy who was crucial to making a play in the first place, it's even worse. 

I'll survive though.  It was still a great winning day, and I'm still in great shape as we charge into the weekend.  Let's see what we've got going for this fine Friday night.

THE SHOW  (3-1 yesterday and 13-9 so far for the week)

BUTTA  (2-1 yesterday and 5-3 so far for the week)
Athletics (Hammel -175) over RANGERS (WILLIAMS) - Jason Hammel takes his 3rd run at it since being traded to the A's.  The first 2 have not gone well at all.  He should be okay tonight though.  Jerome Williams is back and getting another shot at starting in the bigs.  He's a battler, but turning things over to him shows us all just how far the Rangers have fallen.

1.  Cardinals (Kelly -140) over CUBS (WOOD) - Joe Kelly was fantastic last time out, and he dominated the Dodgers and Planet Zack.  The Cubs aren't a very good team.  They have issues on offense, and now that the Shark and Hammel are gone, they've got problems with their pitching as well.  They do seem to really battle the Redbirds though, but Travis Wood is only 1-12 in home game against teams with winning records in the 2nd half of the season in his career.
2.  YANKEES (KURODA -135) over Blue Jays (Buehrle) - I can't ever see a situation where I'd want to throw down on Kuroda, but Buehrle is only 1-11 lifetime against the Yanks.
3.  ROYALS (VENTURA -125) over Indians (Tomlin) - I think I've pretty much eliminated myself from considering plays involving the Royals for the rest of the season.  Just too much personal bias there, but Ventura has dominated the Tribe in 2 starts against them this season, and I prefer the team that won a tight, tense 14-inning game the night before, especially if that team is the home team.
4.  MARINERS (HERNANDEZ -190) over Orioles (Gausman) - The shame of this is that, with the season he's having so far, a play on Felix should be a no-brainer every time he takes the bump.  The problem is that the M's offense has left them over the last couple of weeks.  I have a feeling that Kendrys Morales is going to make a big splash in his 1st game back with Seattle, but I'm not ready to make that call.  Maybe we see how things are going in Arlington and revisit this one as game time approaches.
5.  BREWERS (GALLARDO -145) over Mets (Wheeler) - The Crew have been getting some help since the break.  The hobbled Reds, and now the travel weary Mets.  Wheeler does appear to have settled in finally over his last few starts, but Gallardo is 35-10 in his career against sub-.500 teams in the 2nd half of the season.

RUN LINES  (6-5 ATS & SU/8-3 TOTALS yesterday and 36-32/36-32/42-26 so far for the week)
Blue Jays Cardinals (-1 1/2, O9 1/2)
YANKEES (-1 1/2, U8) CUBS
Red Sox (+1 1/2, O6 1/2) D-Backs
RAYS PHILLIES (+1 1/2, U8)
A's (-1 1/2, U9 1/2) Nationals
RANGERS REDS (+1 1/2, O7 1/2)
Indians (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) Padres (+1 1/2, U6 1/2)
White Sox (+1 1/2, U9) Mets
TWINS BREWERS (-1 1/2, U7 1/2)
Tigers (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) Pirates
ANGELS ROCKIES (+1 1/2, O10 1/2)
Orioles (+1 1/2, U6 1/2) Dodgers
MARINERS GIANTS (+1 1/2, U6 1/2)
Marlins (+1 1/2, O8 1/2)  

No SHOW NOTES today.  I had things to do early in the day to try and beat the heat here in God's Country,  and time has gotten away from me a little.  We're only about 30 minutes away from the day's first pitch, so away I go!  Have a great night, be careful out there and I'll see you tomorrow.
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