All of us who are fans of the game have our own teams that we follow. Some of us may even live and die with the accomplishments, or lack thereof, of our teams. But the real lure of this game is not really about fandom at all. Instead, it should be about the game itself, and how it's perfect in all it's imperfections.
We can try our best to plan out every little detail of our daily lives. Baseball will not let us do that. A game can take 2 1/2 hours. It could go 5. And to those of us who truly love and understand the game, it doesn't matter. It's baseball, and every game is a beautiful spectacle in it's own right.
I am the biggest planner there is. I try to measure out just about every little thing that goes on, and that even goes for baseball. That means I have to make a lot of adjustments as each day unfolds. I always make time for the game, and everything else gets planned around it. That's because, as you've seen over the years, it can be a great source of revenue. And that's where this whole opening monologue has been meandering it's way toward.
I like to line things up so things are in my favor. I do a lot of "legwork" in preparing for every day, and if everything lines up for a particular game(s) on a given day, that's where I find my bliss. Sometimes, though, things don't always line up perfectly. Adjustments have to be made, and that's when gut instinct and feel for a game and it's situation comes into play. That's where we are with today's schedule. The situations are right even though all the numbers might not necessarily agree. My internal feelings are usually pretty accurate, especially when it comes to baseball. Let's see if that holds true today.
THE SHOW (2-3 yesterday and 9-5 so far for the week)
BUTTA (1-0 last night and 2-1 so far for the week)
1. PHILLIES (HAMELS -130) over Padres (Ross) - I'm not a big Hamels fan. He's a guy that just never has justified his big contract. He does seem to have his moments though, and this is one of them. You might remember how he dominated the Reds his last time out and pushed his lifetime record to 10-0 over Cincinnati. He's had pretty much the same success against the Friars with at 8-2 lifetime mark. San Diego has nothing going on and can easily be had because of their anemic offense, so I'll go against the grain and with my gut to ride the Phils tonight.
2. Yankees (Tanaka -175) over MARINERS (YOUNG) - Time to get on the bandwagon with Mr. Tanaka. The M's have gotten more than I think they even thought they would with Chris Young, but the arsenal of pitches, and his ability to command them all, makes Tanaka tough to deal with. And that's especially true for a team that's seeing him for the first time. I wish the Yanks hit more, but n most cases with Tanaka on the bump, they haven't had to.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. Braves (Teheran -140) over ROCKIES (MATZEK) - From a pure logical standpoint, this is probably the best play on tonight's board. Teheran, as young as he still is, is the ace of the Braves staff---a proven commodity. The Rox, however, are running yet another new arm out there for his debut, and admittedly, I know nothing about him. That, and the location of the game, are enough to keep me off this game.
2. Cubs (Hammel EVEN) over PIRATES (CUMPTON) - Cumpton was decent enough his last time out to get the win as the Bucs pounded the Brew Crew, but he only lasted 5 1/3. The Pirates are trying to make themselves relevant, but they might have some trouble with this matchup. The Cubs exploded for 7 runs last night, but that's out of the norm for them, especially on the road. However, Hammel is 4-0 lifetime against the Bucs, so maybe the Cubbies won't need too many runs tonight.
RUN LINES (11-3 ATS/7-6 SU/10-4 TOTALS yesterday and 30-10/24-13/23-17 so far for the week)
|AMERICAN LEAGUE||NATIONAL LEAGUE|
|Twins (+1 1/2, U9)||Cubs (+1 1/2, O7 1/2)|
|Red Sox||Padres (+1 1/2, U7)|
|ORIOLES (-1 1/2, U8 1/2)||PHILLIES|
|Indians (+1 1/2, O7 1/2)||Brewers|
|ROYALS||METS (+1 1/2, O7)|
|Tigers||Dodgers (+1 1/2, U7)|
|WHITE SOX (+1 1/2, U8 1/2)||REDS|
|A's||Braves (-1 1/2, U10)|
|ANGELS (-1 1/2, U8)||ROCKIES|
|Yankees||Nationals (+1 1/2, U6 1/2)|
|MARINERS (+1 1/2, U6 1/2)||GIANTS|
|Cardinals (-1 1/2, U7)|
|Marlins (+1 1/2, O8 1/2)|
|D-Backs (+1 1/2, U8)|
---The Jays are officially in a slump having been shut out at home in 3 of their last 4 games.
---Of all the games on the board, the one I like least of all is the Snakes and 'Stros in Houston tonight. It's McCarthy v. Kuechel, and except for the run line, all the numbers favor the 'Stros.
---The Reds are just a terrible offensive team right now, and they have been for most of the season. This is puzzling because of the park they play their home games in. If they're going to get a win in their 4-game set against the Dodgers, it will probably have to be tonight, but Cueto is only 1-5 lifetime against L.A.
BROOMOLOGY (1-3 ATS & 2-2 SU so far for the week)
Road Dog (1-2 ATS & SU so far for the week)
Athletics (+1 1/2) at ANGELS
Another busy Hump Day for yours truly. I've got to get up and get out of here if I want to get done and back for the early games today, so I'll let you go. Have a great day, and I'll talk to you tomorrow.