THE SHOW (1-2 yesterday and 7-2 so far for the week)
BUTTA (0-1 yesterday and 1-1 so far for the week)
Cardinals (Wainwright -135) over RAYS (ODORIZZI) - This game jumped out at me as early as Sunday when it was first known to me what the pitching matchup would be. I'm very surprised by the low price set on Waino, but I'm more than happy to take advantage. Apparently, those "in the know" are finding it hard to let go of the Rays, and they refuse to see what Odorizzi really is. The Rays are only 3-9 in his starts so far this season, and he's 0-6 in games when the Rays are coming off a loss.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. PIRATES (LIRIANO -160) over Cubs (Wood) - His record is only 1-6 this season, but the Bucs are 7-6 in games that Liriano has started. The Cubs don't hit on the road, and that's a bad thing for Travis Wood. He's only 2-4 on the road this season with a whopping 8.04 ERA.
2. Braves (Minor -135) over ROCKIES (NICASIO) - Good pitching beats good hitting, and the Rox aren't hitting right now anyway. Minor is 3-1 lifetime against Colorado, while Nicasio is 1-3 in his career versus the Bravos.
3. Athletics (Pomeranz -115) over ANGELS (SANTIAGO) - The Halos sent a message of their own to the A's last night, but there should be a stern return tonight. Pomeranz has been one of those solid surprises for Oakland this season. He should keep them in the game long enough for his team to get after Hector Santiago, who gets another quick shot at the Angels rotation after being an abject failure early in the year.
4. MARINERS (IWAKUMA -150) over Yankees (Nuno) - We have a saying around these parts: "Men make plans. God laughs." The original matchup for the opener of this series was supposed to be Tanaka v. Iwakuma. Tasty indeed, but the Yanks getting washed out last night here in God's Country has Nuno pushed back to take the ball tonight instead. I normally don't like a team coming home off a road trip, especially one as successful as the M's just had, but I think we get a strong performance from Seattle tonight, not only because of the arm they'll send to the bump, but also because they know they're going to see Tanaka tomorrow night.
RUN LINES (7-4 ATS/9-2 SU/5-6 TOTALS yesterday and 19-7/17-7/13-13 so far for the week)
|AMERICAN LEAGUE||NATIONAL LEAGUE|
|Twins (+1 1/2, U9 1/2)||Cubs|
|BLUE JAYS||PIRATES (-1 1/2, U7 1/2)|
|Red Sox (+1 1/2, U9)||Padres|
|ORIOLES||PHILLIES (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)|
|ROYALS (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)||METS (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)|
|Tigers||Dodgers (-1 1/2, U7 1/2)|
|WHITE SOX (+1 1/2, U8)||REDS|
|Athletics||Braves (-1 1/2, U10)|
|ANGELS (+1 1/2, U8 1/2)||ROCKIES|
|Yankees (+1 1/2, U7)||Nationals (+1 1/2, U6 1/2)|
|Cardinals (-1 1/2, U7)||Astros (+1 1/2, U9)|
|Marlins (+1 1/2, O9)|
---Today's tie looks to be in Baltimore where the Red Sox and O's will hook-up tonight.
---In the "So Much For That Idea" Dept. - I thought the Mets might be ready to turn the corner before they hit the road last week. 6 losses in a row later, and the Mets are back to being the Mets.
---Is it time to start taking the 'Stros seriously? It has been for awhile actually. This team is not going to threaten the postseason, but they are a handful and. at least right now, they're more than just being competitive again.
THE NBA (0-1 ATS, SU & TOTALS so far for the week)
HEAT (-4 1/2, U197 1/2) over Spurs - I'm not putting it past The Champs to go up in the series with a win tonight, but I still stand by my assertion that the Spurs are the better team. If you watched Game 2 closely, you know that the Heat should probably be down, 0-2. The Spurs had a major fail at the free throw line though. and that is what allowed Miami to get even. HEAT 106, Spurs 90
It's been raining so much here in God's Country that I've considered going out back and building a big boat! Now, that's a lot of rain! Have a great rest of your Tuesday. I'll see you tomorrow.