Wicked Ways

7/8/14 in MLB   |   pigskinfan   |   63 respect

Grandma used to tell us that there was no rest for the wicked.  After a nice night of rest going Sunday into Monday, we're right back in the fire early again today.  That's because of an early game in Cincinnati that will be the 1st game of a double header due to a weather issue earlier in the season.  Oh well.  There's another saying that says I'll sleep when I'm dead.  Thankfully, I won't have to wait that long.  The All-Star game will provide plenty of opportunity for some good rest.

THE SHOW  (5-0 last night and 8-2 so far for the week)

BUTTA  (2-0 last night and 3-0 so far for the week)
Yankees (Tanaka -155) over INDIANS (BAUER) - Teams that have seen Tanaka a 2nd time have done a wee bit better against him, but he still gets guys out.  This will be the Tribe's 1st look at his magic show though, and they just aren't hitting anyway.

1.  Braves (Teheran -145) over METS (DeGROM) - The Mets squeaked one out in extras last night against the Braves.  Winning against Atlanta, though, is an exception for them rather than the rule.
2.  Pirates (Worley EVEN) over CARDINALS (MARTINEZ) - Carlos Martinez has been more than the Redbirds could have hoped for since taking Wacha's spot in the rotation, but last night's game has everything to do with why he might not fare so well tonight.  The Bucs had Waino in the soup all night long last night, but he kept wiggling off the hook.  The baseball gods have a way of soothing the frustration after a game like that.  Worley is no prize, but he's been solid since breaking into the Bucs rotation, and the Redbirds just aren't hitting.
3.  REDS (CUETO -210) over Cubs (Wood) - The worst part about this is that it is the 1st game of a day/night twin bill.  The Reds have wasted several good performances by their ace so far this season, and I just get the funny feeling that since he'll be toeing the slab early that the rest of the team will try to cruise through this 1st game without max effort.

RUN LINES  (10-4 ATS/8-6 SU & TOTALS last night and 19-10/19-10/16-13 so far for the week)
Yankees (-1 1/2, O7 1/2) Braves
INDIANS METS (+1 1/2, U7)
Royals (-1 1/2, U7 1/2) Cubs
RAYS REDS (-1 1/2, O7)
White Sox (+1 1/2, U9 1/2) Phillies
RED SOX BREWERS (-1 1/2, U8 1/2)
Astros Pirates (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)
Blue Jays Padres (-1 1/2, U10 1/2)
ANGELS (-1 1/2, U8 1/2) ROCKIES
Twins Marlins (+1 1/2, U9 1/2)
Dodgers (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) Orioles (+1 1/2, U8)
A'S (-1 1/2, U7)  

---Another note about the Yanks tonight.  Tanaka should probably be the starter for the All-Star game next week, but if the Yanks rotation holds, he's due to start Sunday.  That game is against the 1st place Orioles.  Does Girardi hold Tanaka back for the good of the league, or does he concern himself with the division race?  I know what I'd do.
---After the A's made the big trade last week, Justin Verlander popped off saying that Oakland made the move because they were trying to play catch up with the Tigers.  Detroit hasn't won since, and J.V. goes tonight against the Dodgers.  Maybe Justin had better stay focused on keeping his own house in order?
---Jeremy Hellickson comes off the DL to make his season debut tonight against the Royals. 
---The Rangers dip into the farm system for tonight's starter.  What a mess in Arlington!  YIKES!

And that's all she wrote for another Tuesday.  Have a great day, and I'll talk to you again bright and early tomorrow.
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