Following a blazing hot July, we began the month of August outside gradually. But very quietly we’re heating up as last night we picked up our fourth winner at our past five championships. And last night’s win came on my favourite type of winner, even an outright money line underdog! We remained hot when we backed the Minnesota Twins in the street, against the Texas Rangers.
In my estimation, the general betting public puts way too much emphasis on a game’s start pitching matchup when assessing who to bet on. That was the case last night as Lance Lynn, who’s having a good season for Texas, pushed this number involving the Rangers, in spite of the fact that Texas had dropped nine out of its last eleven matches, also had been a whopping fifteen matches back of the Twins entering play.
So, I did everything I love to do, and that is place myself on the opposite side of the general betting public, and backed the far superior staff, and picked up some healthy dog money along the way. And in the long run, Martin Perez for Minnesota, actually outpitched Lynn in this one. Perez tossed five innings of both two-run chunk , while Lynn pitched five innings and allowed three earned runs.
The Twins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead only to see the Rangers fight back and tie up the game late. But if Jorge Polanco smashed a bases-loaded triple in the very top the eighth inning and removed the foundations, it put the game away for good for Minnesota. It seems like common sense, to wager on the better team, but as they say, ordinary sense ain’t all that common.
If you see more spots like this one where you are able to snatch up dog money on a team that’s fifteen games better than their competitor, you need to jump around it. For today’s pick, we head to Tampa Bay where the Rays host the Mariners.
Even the Seattle Mariners, winners of two straight show, visit Tampa Bay Monday for match one of a three-game show together with the Rays. Wins are hard to come by this year for Seattle since they have endured several high impact injuries and traded away nearly everything that was not nailed down in the trade deadline. But they are doing an adequate job of battling here in the dog days of summer months and have found a means to win out four of their last six games.
For Tampa Bay, they’re attempting to hang on the second wild card in the American League since they have a scant game and a half lead on the Oakland Athletics to the final playoff spot in the match. Tampa is suffering through many accidents of their own since their starting rotation is decimated. That has not slowed down them though as they’ve won eleven out of their last fifteen games.
Starting for the Mariners tonight is the genius, Marco Gonzalez (12-10 4.26 ERA) and for the Rays, it’s Brendan McKay (2-2 5.08 ERA). The match complete over-under is placed in eight and a half conducts. The Rays are -179 favorites. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PM PST out of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
The Tampa Bay Rays are attempting to hang on and sneak into the playoffs without having a lot of a starting rotation. Last year’s Cy Young Award winner,” Blake Snell, is out with an injury, however he might be heading back into the group soon. Along with the Rays are also playing without Tyler Glasnow, that had been looking like this year’s Cy Young Award winner prior to going down with a season-ending injury earlier this season. The Rays have been forced to play without Charlie Morton and Yonny Chirinos at times Also.
But even with all those injuries, the Rays have been one of the top pitching staffs in the majors this year. The Rays are top three at the game in earned run average, batting average against, and WHIP. And that’s while playing from the considerably more hitter-friendly American League, at a division with the heavy-hitting New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. The Rays have a seemingly endless field of fire throwers, and it’s next man up every night for Tampa Bay.
One of those guys that has stepped up to Tampa Bay has been rookie Brendan McKay. McKay was the amount fourth overall draft selection in the 2017 draft and was on a fast track to the significant leagues since. With all of the accidents, McKay was introduced to the rotation and instantly showed what he is capable of as he took his debut start to the sixth inning with a perfect match in tow. He ended that game with six shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit.
Two starts after that, he threw five shutout innings from the Baltimore Orioles. He’s had some mixed results in his other five starts, but to get a guy this young and inexperienced it is more about what he’s capable of, instead of what he’s actually done. And he’s definitely capable of being a top of the rotation sort of man as he has all of the makings of a All-Star at just twenty-three years of age.
The Seattle Mariners don’t really have a stereotypical ace now, however Marco Gonzalez has done a decent job of faking it this season for Seattle. Gonzalez has stepped into the huge shoes of King Felix at Seattle and was the Mariners opening day starter this year. And during April he looked every bit the role as he was 5-0 with a 2.80 ERA. However things have been downhill since then for the prior first-round draft pick.
It is not that Marco was all that bad, he’s been decent, it is simply that the Mariners don’t appear to score runs when he cries. In his three August begins, this Mariners lineup has provided him with just five runs of service total. That’s simply over a streak and a half a game. Not even King Felix in his prime, was going to win many games using that type of run support!
This game is going to be low scoring. The Mariners are dead last in the majors in runs scored because the trade deadline, along with the Rays are not much better as they’re in 23rd. Both these teams simply don’t score a lot of runs, and they have great starters on the mound. Yeah, McKay has been inconsistent in his brief key league career, however if you’re ever going to have a excellent outing, projecting against a Seattle team that has a triple-A lineup at this time, will definitely help.
And when you look at the Mariner’s bullpen, they have the night off last night, as Yusei Kikuchi threw a whole match, so they ought to be rested. The Rays? They have the lowest team ERA at the game in August, and their bullpen has been great. I think this one goes under tonight. Otherwise for the solid pitching, for the lack of successful hitting. Feels like 4-1 Tampa Bay should you want my opinion. Give me the below eight and a half runs in game one from Tampa Bay!
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