I love baseball, and it's a game of perfect symmetry, played on a "diamond" that is actually a perfect square. It all works and is a beautiful game because of it's symmetry. And I also realized after looking at the games I was on yesterday, that there was a symmetry to them as well. I had the current White Sox ace going. I also had the former White Sox ace going against the Royals. And I had the former Royals ace going in the late game. See there? Symmetry.
It wasn't planned, of course. These were just the best options from yesterday's action, so it just worked out that way. Unfortunately, Planet Zack and the Dodgers were unable to close the circle, but I did get 2 of the 3. That makes it a winning day, and that's a good way to start the week and the month. Let's continue.
THE SHOW (4-2 yesterday)
BUTTA (2-1 yesterday)
DODGERS (KERSHAW -200) over White Sox (Quintana) - It's a good spot for the Dodgers, and not necessarily because of Kershaw. L.A. looked amazingly unimpressive and unmotivated last night. With Kershaw, I would expect they will be on top of their game tonight. Yes, the Sox get their slugger, Abreu, tonight, and that should be an interesting dynamic as well with him vs. Puig. But when all is said and done, the Dodgers should come out on top tonight.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. Rays (Cobb -140) over MARLINS (WOLF) - The Rays are in the tank, and I really don't see things getting much better for them, and for the first time in several years, they meet the Fish with the Miami team being the better club. Tampa does have the equalizer for the 1st game of this series though. All things being equal, the Cobb vs. Wolf pairing looks like a mismatch in favor of the Rays.
2. Mariners (Hernandez -125) over YANKEES (PHELPS) - The Yanks are really hurting. They not only have been decimated by injuries to their pitching staff, but the losses of Beltran and Teixeira might be the most debilitating for them. With only the slow footed and slow starting McCann in their lineup, the Yanks are nothing but a bunch of punch 'n' judy hitters, and that just doesn't seem right. That kind of attack isn't necessarily a bad thing against El Gato, but Felix is rolling right now, and he makes the difference here because, as it's turned out, the M's and Yanks are basically the same team now.
RUN LINES (8-7 ATS/9-6 SU/10-5 TOTALS yesterday)
|AMERICAN LEAGUE||NATIONAL LEAGUE|
|INDIANS (+1 1/2, O8)||PHILLIES (+1 1/2, U7 1/2)|
|Mariners (-1 1/2, U7 1/2)||Pirates (+1 1/2, U7)|
|MARLINS (+1 1/2, O7 1/2)|
|BREWERS (-1 1/2, O8 1/2)|
|Royals (+1 1/2, O7 1/2)|
|White Sox (+1 1/2, O6 1/2)|
I don't have any notes that I feel like I need to cover with you for any of the other games I didn't talk about above, so I'll just let you go for today. Have a great rest of your Monday, and I'll see you tomorrow.