It's not like my hurlers didn't come through. Lefty gave up on 2 runs in 8 innings in Toronto. Huddy did the same in San Fran. But there just was no offense generated by their teams, and very little threat of offense either. The Jays didn't have that many real scoring chances. The Giants had even less.
We know what we're getting with the Jays. They're a bunch of free swingers, and when the power goes out, they just don't have a way to generate much offense. The Giants are a bit of a different story though. They're really missing Angel Pagan at the top of their lineup, and they're playing 2 rooks on the right side of their infield. Right now. Pence and Posey are their only real threats on offense. Morse is in a slump, and Sandoval is more fluff than substance and pretty much has been for the last 2 seasons now.
To make a long story short, the Giants are in big trouble right now. They're 4-15 in their last 19 games, and in that very short time, they've seen their "best team in baseball" cushion of 9 1/2 games go completely away. The Dodgers have caught them, and if they don't get things together immediately, the Gigantes are going to leave themselves with a big hill to climb after the break. And that's exactly where I find myself too as we start a new week and month. Unlike the G-Men though, I'm not, and never am, in panic mode (And that's not meant to be a pun in reference to new Giant 2B Joe Panik).
THE SHOW (2-3 yesterday)
BUTTA (0-2 yesterday)
1. NATIONALS (ZIMMERMAN -230) over Rockies (Flande) - It's not going to be a big payout, but every little bit helps. You can say what you want about any of the rest of them, but the real ace of this Nats staff is the guy going tonight. And Zimmerman is 4-0 lifetime against the Rox with a 1.42 ERA. He's also 32-11 over the last 3 seasons against sub-.500 teams. The Rox are probably breathing a sigh of relief after finally beating the Crew yesterday, and they keep throwing these young arms out there. That's not necessarily a bad thing for them, but it doesn't look good for Flande tonight because not only does he draw the real Jay-Z as a mound opponent, but the Nats are due to activate Bryce Harper for tonight's game as well.
2. Angels (Richards -155) over WHITE SOX (NOESI) - The Halos showed a lot of fire and pop here in God's Country over the weekend, and once again, I don't care what you say, their ace is going tonight. Richards has been terrific, and he definitely gives the Angels the edge over the inconsistent Noesi.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. Rangers (Saunders +125) over ORIOLES (JIMENEZ) - In the strangest thing I've seen in awhile, Joe Saunders is 7-0 lifetime against the O's. I'm always looking for a reason to go against Jimenez, and Baltimore is only 1-7 this season in his home starts. I just don't trust Saunders enough to get on him though.
2. Athletics (Kazmir +110) over TIGERS (SANCHEZ) - What a good looking series this is. So, as we've come to expect, the national broadcast on the 4-letter network tonight will be Rays at Yankees. Yeah, they really care about the fan. Anyway, the A's are 13-2 in Kazmir's starts so far this season, and he's 70-44 in his career when he gets the ball off a team win. Contrast that with Sanchez, who is only 1-3 lifetime against the A's, and it looks more than possible that the A's get the drop on the Tigers tonight.
3. Indians (Kluber -120) over DODGERS (HAREN) - With the way the Dodgers are going right now, it's tough to go against them. The Tribe is one of the worst teams in the game on the road so far this season, but Kluber is probably the best they've got. The Indians, when coming off a loss, are 13-5 when Kluber takes the bump.
RUN LINES (6-8 ATS & SU/7-7 TOTALS yesterday)
|AMERICAN LEAGUE||NATIONAL LEAGUE|
|ORIOLES (-1 1/2, U9 1/2)||NATIONALS (-1 1/2, U7 1/2)|
|A's (+1 1/2, O8)||Mets (+1 1/2, U7)|
|Rays (+1 1/2, U8)||Reds (-1 1/2, U6 1/2)|
|Royals (-1 1/2, O8)|
|ASTROS (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)|
|Angels (-1 1/2, U8 1/2)|
|Cubs (+1 1/2, U8 1/2)||Indians|
|RED SOX||DODGERS (-1 1/2, U7)|
---I'm showing a tie tonight in the M's/ASTROS game.
---Mat Latos returns to San Diego again to go against his former team. The way the Reds are going, the Friars don't stand a chance, right? Well, be careful with that. In 2 starts last year against the Padres, Latos' team went 0-2 for him because they couldn't get to Edinson Volquez in either game.
Short week this week for all you working stiffs. Have a great rest of your Monday, and I'll see you tomorrow.