My only concern was the A's, and there wasn't a great deal of sorcery involved in that one. Sonny Gray just never looked right. His entire 6 innings were a real scuffle for him, but to his credit, he never let the game get out of hand. The A's just didn't hit for him to overcome the 3-run deficit that Gray's struggles put his team in. After a couple of mild threats in the 5th and 6th innings that netted nothing for Oakland, it was like Coach Melvin threw up the white flag and brought Jeff Francis into the game. That allowed the Yanks to put the game out of reach, and we move on to today.
THE SHOW (2-4 last night and 16-13 so far for the week)
BUTTA (0-1 last night and 5-2 so far for the week)
As I see it, there are a few marginal options out there on today's schedule. Nothing that I want to risk what has been a very good week so far on though.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. GIANTS (VOGELSONG -165) over Rockies (Bergman) - The Rox got away with one last night, but that doesn't change the fact that this team has really struggled on the road. With Tulo having to leave last night's game with what looked like a cramp and having to come back for a day game today, his status is going to be critical information to have before they throw the first pitch. That's because Vogelsong has been twirling it pretty good, for the most part, over his last several starts. He's also 5-2 lifetime against the Rox and 35-22 in his career when he gets the ball off a team loss. No Tulo for Colorado will really enhance the Gigantes chances for a win.
2. TIGERS (SANCHEZ -190) over Twins (Deduno) - Sanchez has probably been the most consistent of the Tiger starters over the last month, but even he isn't getting the results that his numbers show that he should have. That's what a bad bullpen will do for you, and the Tigers are really scuffling right now.
3. Rangers (Saunders EVEN) over MARINERS (RAMIREZ) - It's a funny game. The M's got home earlier in the week off one of the best road trips in franchise history (6-1), and have gone deathly cold since. I don't care much for Joe Saunders because I just don't trust him, but he is 8-1 lifetime against Seattle.
4. Angels (Richards -115) over BRAVES (FLOYD) - The Bravos are far from invincible at home, but the Halos don't play very well on the road. I do think the Angels have the edge tonight though. They're very familiar with Gavin Floyd, and Floyd's lifetime record against the Halos is only 2-6.
RUN LINES (11-4 ATS/7-8 SU/8-7 TOTALS last night and 50-31/41-36/45-36 so far for the week)
|AMERICAN LEAGUE||NATIONAL LEAGUE|
|Jays (-1 1/2, U9)||Cubs|
|ORIOLES||PHILLIES (-1 1/2, U8 1/2)|
|Twins (+1 1/2, U8)||Pirates|
|TIGERS||MARLINS (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)|
|RED SOX (-1 1/2, U9 1/2)||METS (-1 1/2, U7 1/2)|
|Royals (+1 1/2, U8 1/2)||Reds (+1 1/2, O7 1/2)|
|Rays||Nationals (-1 1/2, U7)|
|ASTROS (-1 1/2, U8)||CARDINALS|
|Yankees (+1 1/2, O7)||D-Backs (+1 1/2, O7)|
|Rangers||Rockies (+1 1/2, O7 1/2)|
|MARINERS (-1 1/2, U8)||GIANTS|
|BRAVES (+1 1/2, O7)|
---I'm showing a tie in the Reds/BREWERS game for tonight, and another interesting little tidbit about that game: Mat Latos will return from the DL to make the start for Cincinnati.
---A big reason why all the games listed as left "On The Cutting Room Floor" is the fact that the numbers on the Run Lines just don't add up for the sides that I think will prevail. One hand washes the other. I got away with going against my run line numbers earlier in the week. There's no reason to poke the bear today.
It's going to be a little strange sitting here on my hands on a Saturday, but we do what we have to do in order to keep everything in my favor. Have a great Saturday. Be careful out there, and I'll talk to you tomorrow.