I will say that "Eye Chart" was once again very impressive for the Cubs. I'm sure he's going to be the top "prize" for those contenders looking for pitching at the trade deadline. Let's hope the Cubs get what they deserve for him. And that brings us to the Padres and the shakeup in their organization over the weekend. You know, I had several points I wanted to cover with that, but the way I'm feeling right now, I just don't want to include anything too negative today. Let's just say that the move the Friars made on Sunday was probably a long time coming, and hopefully, it will help get things back on track in San Diego.
THE SHOW (4-0 last night and 8-4 so far for the week)
BUTTA (2-0 last night and 3-2 so far for the week)
1. Dodgers (Kershaw -145) over ROYALS (DUFFY) - If there's a guy out there who can double up on a no-no, it's got to be Kershaw, and that's really the only reason I'm going to be on this game.
2. GIANTS (HUDSON -150) over Padres (Hahn) - We're all well aware of Huddy's dominance when he's on his home mound, but just to update: He's 16-0 at home over the last 2 seasons, and in his career, he's 72-27 at home when his team is coming off a loss and 84-27 at home against sub-.500 teams. Huddy is also 13-1 against division opponents and 7-2 lifetime against the Friars. There's no question that even with the 2 straight wins to close the series in Arizona over the weekend, the Gigantes are still a very fragile team, and that's why this is a great spot for Hudson to help to restore order.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. ROCKIES (DeLa ROSA -110) over Cardinals (Miller) - It's not often that the Rox get shut out at home, but that's what they're coming off last night. The Redbirds have been amazing lately on the road. In their last 5 road games, the Cards have dealt 4 shutouts. That can't last. I know that DLR has really struggled this season, but the numbers are all with him. He's 4-2 lifetime against the Cardinals, and over the last 2 seasons, he's 16-4 at home, 18-2 when the Rox are off a loss and 9-1 at home against teams with winning records.
2. BLUE JAYS (BUEHRLE -140) over Yankees (Phelps) - It was pretty obvious that the Jays had serious retribution on their minds last night for what happened to them in The Bronx last week, and all of a sudden, the Yanks offense has gone cold. It's pretty common knowledge how good Lefty is when he's twirling it from his home mound, but there are 2 things in play that keep me off this game: Buehrle is only 1-11 lifetime against the Yanks, and I've tried to take advantage of Phelps his last 2 times out and come up empty.
3. RANGERS (LEWIS -105) over Tigers (Smyly) - I'm sure the Tigers remember the drubbing they took at the hands of the Rangers when these teams met in Detroit a month ago, but this might not be the best spot for them. Smyly is only 1-6 against sub-.500 teams this season and 6-14 over the last 2 years when the Tigers are coming off a win. The Tigers are also only 55-103 on the road when coming off a day off since 1997. I don't trust Colby Lewis at all, but I know Detroit doesn't look like a viable option with Smyly.
RUN LINES (4-6 ATS/5-5 SU/2-8 TOTALS last night and 12-13/14-11/9-16 so far for the week)
|AMERICAN LEAGUE||NATIONAL LEAGUE|
|Yankees (+1 1/2, U9)||Marlins (+1 1/2, U8)|
|White Sox||Reds (-1 1/2, O7 1/2)|
|ORIOLES (-1 1/2, U8 1/2)||CUBS|
|Tigers||Nationals (+1 1/2, U8)|
|RANGERS (+1 1/2, O9 1/2)||BREWERS|
|Twins (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)||Cardinals (-1 1/2, U10)|
|Red Sox||Padres (+1 1/2, O6 1/2)|
|MARINERS (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)||GIANTS|
|Pirates (+1 1/2, U7)||Athletics|
|RAYS||METS (+1 1/2, U7)|
|ROYALS (+1 1/2, U7)||D-BACKS (-1 1/2, U8 1/2)|
|ASTROS (+1 1/2, U8 1/2)|
---Great pitching matchup in Milwaukee tonight with Zimmerman vs. Gallardo. Zim is 4-0 lifetime against the Crew, but with the Brewers coming off being shut out at home, this game looks like a total toss up.
---Interesting dynamic in Arizona tonight. The Tribe can't win on the road, and the Snakes can't win at home. Something's got to give.
---Scott Kazmir takes the bump for the A's tonight in New York against the team that drafted him way back when. His mound opponent? Bartolo Colon, who gets a crack at his most recent former team.
Keep the good times rollin'. Have a great rest of your Tuesday. I'll talk to you again tomorrow.