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Indians vs. Athletics, 8/22/16 – Free Prediction

Cleveland Indians vs Oakland Athletics

When: 10:05 PM ET, Monday, August 22, 2016

Where: O.Co Coliseum in Oakland, California

Lines: Cleveland -152/ Oakland +142

Total: 8

Tonight some MLB action on the West Coast and the Cleveland Indians will battle the Oakland Athletics in game one of their three game series from the Oakland Coliseum. The Under is 40-17-3 the last 60 games played in this series. Pitching Probables: Carlos Carrasco vs Andrew Triggs.

Tribe edge Blue Jays in two of three games

The Indians are off a hard fought series vs the Blue Jays, in which they won two of the three games. They have struggled some outside their division this year, so it was a confidence building series for them. The Tribe have now won eight of their last 11 games and have a seven game lead in their division and an eight game lead of the Royals. They are feeling very comfortable in the division right now and could very well be heading to the world series. They have the offense and the starting staff to do so, while their bullpen has been solid as well. The problem facing them is that the Rangers really improved their team, the Blue Jays are very strong as well and the Red Sox have been charging of late and certainly have the talent to get to the World Series. The Indians have work to to do, but make no mistake, they will be a factor in the battle to represent the AL in the World Series.

The Indians come in ranked 4th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.07 rpg, while also ranking 4th in hitting at .266 and 11th in homers with 157. The Indians have hit .236 overall on the road, including .231 vs righties. Cleveland averages 4.30 rpg and allows 3.97 rpg on the road. On the mound the Tribe come in ranked 7th in the league in ERA at 3.85 and 5th in WHIP at 1.24. On the road Cleveland starters have an ERA of 3.52, while their pen has an ERA of 4.04. Getting the call for the Indians will be Carlos Carrasco, who has gone 8-6 with a 3.34 ERA in 19 starts this year, including 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA in his last three starts and 5-3 with a 1.97 in nine starts on the road. Carrasco is 14-7 with a 2.29 ERA in his last 24 starts on the road and 6-3 with a 3.05 ERA in 20 games (14 starts) in August, while vs the A’s he is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three games (two starts).

Oakland is playing out the string

Oakland comes into this game at 17 games under .500 and 19.5 games out of first in the American League West, Needless to say, it has been a rough year from Oakland. Their offense is weak, outside of Khris Davis, Marcus Semien and Danny Valencia, while their very young staff has really struggled as well. They have a lot of work to do in the offseason and will have to do a lot of it through free agency or trades as they just don’t have a great farm system.The A’s have lost seven of their last eight games as of this writing and really the only thing they have to do the rest of the way is to evaluate their young player as they look to get ready for next year. It will not be easy as they just don’t have a ton of young talent to make this a quick turnaround for them.

On offense this year, Oakland comes in ranked 27th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.01 rpg, while also ranking 21st in hitting at .249 and 19th in homers with 136. The A’s have hit .238 overall at home, including .232 vs righties. Oakland averages 3.70 rpg and allows 4.27 rpg at home for the year. On the mound Oakland has not been good at all as they come in ranked 26th in the league in ERA at 4.64 while also ranking 21st in WHIP at 1.38. At home Oakland starters have an ERA of 4.50 while their pen has an ERA of 3.39. The A’s will send out Andrew Triggs, who has gone 0-1 with a 4.98 ERA in 21 games this year, including 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA in three games as a starter. Triggs was 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 16 games for Triple A Nashville this year. All 16 games were out of the pen.

Trends

Cleveland is:

  • 10-1 in their last 11 vs. the American League West
  • 27-9 in their last 36 vs. a team with a losing record

Oakland is:

  • 16-36 in their last 52 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
  • 0-7 in their last seven games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15

The Indians are off a tough series vs the Blue Jays, but they can’t relax now as the hard charging Royals are  making a run. The Tribe have the clear edge on the mound and they also get a strong edge at the plate. They could also have very well lost two of the three games vs the Jays and will need to bounce back here. They could have also won two of the three and will look to keep that momentum going. Either way they should take this one vs an A’s team that has thrown in the towel.

Pick: Cleveland

Blue Jays vs. Indians, 8/20/16 – Free Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

When: 7:10 PM ET, Saturday, August 20, 2016

Where: Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Lines: Toronto -122/ Cleveland +112

Total: 8.5

Tonight in Major League Baseball the Toronto Blue Jays will invade Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio to do battle with the Cleveland Indians in game two of their three games series. The Over is 4-1 the last five games in this series. Pitching Probables: Aaron Sanchez vs Josh Tomlin.

Toronto hopes to stay in first place in the AL East

The Jays have taken over first place in the AL East, just as I expected them to and I feel they will stay there the rest of the way. The Red Sox have issues in their pen, while the Orioles don’t have the starting pitching to stay in the race much longer. Toronto has a strong starting staff and their offense can easily rival that of the other two team, plus they have played some solid defense as well. Their pen is a bit of a concern, but their starting staff is 3rd in the league in quality starts and that limits the exposure of their pen. Toronto has a 1.5 game lead over both the Red Sox and the Orioles and even though they are resting some starters on Friday night, they are still looking forward to this series vs the Tribe, which could very well be a preview of the ALCS.

On offense this year the Blue Jays come in ranked 6th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.84 rpg, while also ranking 22nd in hitting at .248 and 2nd in homers with 174. The Blue Jays have hit .232 overall on the road, including .230 vs righties. Toronto averages 4.69 rpg and allows 3.80 rpg on the road. On the mound the Blue Jays have been very solid as they come in ranked 6th in the league in ERA at 3.74, while also ranking 4th in WHIP at 1.22. On the road Toronto starters have an ERA of 3.43, while their pen has an ERA of 3.92. Getting the nod for the Blue Jays will be Aaron Sanchez, who has gone 12-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 23 starts this year, including 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in his last three starts and 7-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 12 starts on the road. He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two games (one start) vs the Tribe.

Cleveland is running away with the AL Central

The Cleveland Indians made all the right moves this year and they have increased their lead in the Central to six games over the Tigers. They have a strong offense that is led by Jason Kipnis and and Francisco Lindor, while their pitching is healthier and should be rather strong down the stretch. The pen looks solid and they play decent defense. Could they be on their way to the World Series?. With Terry Francona as coach they really have a good shot at doing so, but the Rangers are still a strong team and the Blue Jays are even stronger. The Indians have won six of their last eight games and they are a solid 37-22 at home, but they are also just 36-33 vs teams outside the division, compared to 33-17 vs the Central. That will have to change in the postseason.

The Indians come in ranked 4th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.08 rpg, while also ranking 4th in hitting at .267 and 10th in homers with 154. The Indians have hit .290 overall at home, including .288 vs lefties. Cleveland averages 5.90 rpg and allows 4.47 rpg at home. On the mound the Tribe come in ranked 7th in the league in ERA at 3.84 and 6th in WHIP at 1.24. At home Cleveland starters have an ERA of 4.41, while their pen has an ERA of 3.34. Josh Tomlin will toe the rubber for the Indians and he has gone 11-6 with a 4.14 ERA in 22 starts this year, including 0-3 with a 9.37 ERA in his last three starts and 5-3 with a 4.22 ERA in 12 starts here at home. Tomlin is now 26-18 with a 4.35 ERA in 56 games (51 starts) on the road and he is 6-10 with a 5.,74 ERA in 26 games (18 starts) in August, while vs the Blue Jays he is 1-0 with a 4.74 ERA in four starts.

Trends

Toronto is:

  • 39-19 in their last 58 games vs. a right-handed starter
  • 9-3 in their last 12 vs. the American League Central

Cleveland is:

  • 1-8 in their last 9 vs. the American League East
  • 4-10 in Tomlin’s last 14 home starts vs. a team with a winning record

I like the Blue Jays here. They have the better starter on the mound and their lineup should be a bit fresher as they are resting some of their starters in game one of this series. The Blue Jays are the more complete team here and the Tribe are just 12-17 vs the East this year. They may win game one vs a depleted Toronto squad, but game two should go the way of the Blue Jays.

Pick: Toronto

Cubs vs. Rockies, 8/19/16 – Free Prediction

Chicago Cubs vs Colorado Rockies

When: 8:40 PM ET, Friday, August 19, 2016

Where: Coors Field in Denver, Colorado

Lines: Chicago -155/ Colorado +145

Total: 11.5

Tonight the Chicago Cubs of the National League Central will do battle with the Colorado Rockies of the National League West in game one of their three games series from Coors field in Denver, Colorado. The Over is 15-6 the last 21 games played here at coors between these teams. Pitching Probables: Kyle Hendricks vs Tyler Anderson.

Cubs Getting Dominant Starting Pitching

The Chicago Cubs have been on a roll again and their pitching has been dominant of late over that stretch. Remember in the middle of the year when they were struggling, it was the pitching that did them in as every one, even Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester were struggling. Well that is over as they come in with a solid 2.25 ERA in their last 10 games, including a 1.09 ERA from their starters over that stretch. Lester is now 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in his last three starts, while Arrieta is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA in his last two starts. Needless to say, those two are rolling right now. Also we note that John Lackey has a 0.61 ERA in his last two starts and Jason Hammel has a 0.33 ERA in his last four starts. The Cubs have needed that starting pitching as their pen has an ERA of 5.25 ERA in their last 10 games. The pen is their Achilles heel, but with their starting pitching being so dominant and their offense being one of the best in the league, they should be able to overcome the shortcomings of their pen,

The Cubs enter this game ranked 5th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.07 rpg, while also ranking 15th in hitting at .256 and 13th in homers with 147. Chicago hits .261 overall on the road including .280 vs lefties. The Cubs have averaged 5.30 rpg and have allowed 3.88 rpg on the road this year. On the mound the Cubs have been excellent as they come in ranked 1st in the league in ERA at 3.07, while also ranking 1st in WHIP at 1.11. On the road Cub starters have an ERA of  3.81, while their pen has an ERA of 3.27. Getting the nod for the Cubs will be Kyle Hendricks, who has gone 11-7 with a 2.19 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) this year, including 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA in his last three starts and 3-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 10 starts on the road. Hendricks is now 12-11 with a 3.84 ERA in 33 career starts on the road and 8-1 with a 2.83 ERA in 15 starts in August, while vs the Rockies he is 1-1 with a 5.01 ERA in four starts, including 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA in two starts here at Coors.

The Pitching Has Left The Building Again

The Rockies have had one of the worst staff ERA in the league for much of the year, but they pitching did go through a recent stretch where they looked rather good. Well that is now over as the Rockies are back to struggling on the mound. Colorado has now allowed 6.50 rpg and have posted a 6.07 ERA in their last 10 games. They have the worst home ERA in the league at 5.90 and it just doesn’t seem like there is much help on the way. The Rockies will never make it back to the playoffs until they get some quality pitching that can last the whole year, and especially get some pitching that can stand up to the conditions at Coors field. Colorado now has to take on the best team in the league, which could make this an ugly series for them.

The Rockies enter this game ranked 2nd in the league in scoring, putting up 5.29 rpg, while also ranking 2nd in hitting at .274 and 12th in homers with 153. The Rockies have hit .297 overall at home, including .296 vs righties. Colorado has averaged 6.27 rpg and have allowed 6.30 rpg at home for the year. On the mound they enter this game ranked 28th in the league in ERA at 4.89 while also ranking 28th in WHIP at 1.44. At home Colorado starters have an ERA of 5.77, while their pen has an ERA of 6.09. The Rockies will send out Tyler Anderson, who has gone 4-4 with a 3.42 ERA in 12 starts in this his rookie year. Anderson is 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA in his last three starts and 4-1 with a 3.04 ERA in eight starts here at home.

Trends

Chicago is:

  • 16-5 in their last 21 road games vs. a left-handed starter
  • 45-17 in their last 62 during game one of a series

Colorado is:

  • 9-23 in their last 32 vs. the National League Central
  • 3-7 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record

The Cubs are clearly the better team here and their pitching has been very dominant of late and that should continue here, even though the game is at Coors Field. Chicago has a huge lead in their division and may shut it down soon so that they are fresh for the playoffs, but it is still too early for that and they should have a successful series here in Colorado. Look for another solid win by the best team in the league.

Pick: Chicago Cubs

Red Sox vs. Tigers, 8/18/16 – Free Prediction

Boston Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers
When: 1:10 PM ET, Thursday August 18, 2016
Where: Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan
Lines: Detroit -105/ Boston -105
Total: 9

Tonight the American League East meets the American League Central as the Boston Red Sox battle the Detroit Tigers in game one of their four game series from Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Over is 8-1-3 the last 11 games between these teams here in Detroit. Pitching Probables: Clay Buchholz vs Matt Boyd.

The Red Sox Back On Track

Boston has really been inconsistent at times this year, especially after the All-Star break, but they are playing very well right now as they have won their last five games as of this writing and on Wednesday night they will look to keep it going vs a struggling Baltimore squad. Now the move on to another slumping squad with a chance to pick up even more ground on the Toronto Blue Jays, who now lead the division by 1.5 games over both Boston and the Orioles. This is the 2nd long road trip that the Sox are on and they still have one more long one a bit later in the year. Boston needs all the wins they can get and taking on the Tigers may be just what they need to keep it rolling. David Ortiz continues to have a strong farewell season as he is hitting .313 with 27 homers and 92 RBIs, which is 3rd in the league. Mookie Betts is 5th in the league in RBIs with 89 and leads the team in homers with 28.

On offense the Red Sox check in at 1st in the league in scoring, putting up 5.49 rpg, while also ranking 1st in hitting at .284 and 10th in homers with 152. Boston has hit .260 overall on the road, including .243 vs lefties. The Red Sox have averaged 4.81 rpg and have allowed 4.36 rpg on the road this year. On the mound Boston has been a bit below average as they come in ranked 18th in the league in ERA at 4.22, while also ranking 14th in WHIP at 1.32. On the road Red Sox starters have an ERA of 4.34, while their pen has an ERA of 3.60. Taking the hill for the Red Sox will be Clay Buchholz, who has gone 4-9 with a 5.66 ERA in 27 games overall, including 2-8 with a 6.31 ERA in 14 games as a starter and 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA in his last three starts. Buchholz is 43-28 with a 3.87 ERA in 97 games (90 starts) on the road in his career and 10-7 with a 3.95 ERA in 32 games (28 starts) in August, while vs the Orioles he is 10-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 22 games (19 starts), including 5-3 with a 5.10 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) here at Camden Yards. He is also 19-17 with a  4.16 ERA in 60 games (52 starts) in daytime.

Can The Tigers Turn It Around?

Detroit is right in the middle of the wildcard race, but they have struggled of late as they are just 2-7 in their last nine games and as a result of that they are now six games out of first in the American League Central and 3.5 games out of a wildcard berth. The Tigers have really struggled on offense of late as they have averaged just 2.56 rpg in their last nine games and that coincides with the loss of Nick Castellanos, who has missed all nine games. He hit 18 homers and had 58 RBIs before going down and has been missed. The Tigers also had a score when Miguel Cabrera left Monday’s game with an injury and missed Tuesday night’s game. He is listed as probable for Wednesday’s game and it is very imperative that he remains in the lineup if the Tigers expect to make a push for a playoff spot. It will be hard for them to turn this ship around as their offense is struggling and they don’t have the pitching to hold up, plus the teams ahead of them are playing very well right now. No playoffs for the Tigers.

The Tigers enter this game ranked 11th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.64 rpg, while also ranking 4th in hitting at .266 and 6th in homers with 156. The Tigers have hit .272 at home overall, including .285 vs righties. Detroit has averaged 4.91 rpg and have allowed 4.34 rpg at home this year. On the mound Detroit comes in ranked 17th in the league in ERA at 4.21, while also ranking 15th in WHIP at 1.33. At home Detroit starters have an ERA of 4.35, while their pen has an ERA of 3.19. Detroit will send out Matt Boyd, who has gone 4-2 with a 4.16 ERA in 13 games (11 starts) this year, including 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his last three starts and 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA in six games (five starts) here at home. Boyd is now 3-3 with a 4.40 ERA in nine games (seven starts) in August. He has one career start vs the Red Sox, which was last year, and he didn’t record an out in a 12-6 Boston win. He allowed seven ERs on six hits in that game.

Trends

Boston is:

  • The Over is 3-0-1 in Buchholz’s last four starts vs. Tigers

Detroit is:

  • The Over is 4-1 in Boyd’s last five home starts vs. a team with a winning record
  • The Over is Over is 9-4-1 in their last 14 Thursday games

Let’s look for a high scoring game in this one. The Red Sox hit him hard in their lone meeting with him last year and their offense is better than that edition. Clay Buchholz has struggled this year and should have another bad outing vs a Detroit offense that is missing some key pieces, but is more than capable of rocking Buchholz in this one. Both offenses should have a field day in this one.

Pick: Over 9

Royals vs. Tigers, 8/15/16 – Free Prediction

Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers

When: 7:10 PM ET, Monday, August 15, 2016

Where: Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan

Lines: Detroit -138/ Kansas City +128

Total: 9

Monday night bases within the American League Central and the Kansas City Royals will do battle with the Detroit Tigers in game one of their three game series. The Over is 12-5 the last 17 games played in this series. Pitching Probables: Ian Kennedy vs Daniel Norris.

The Royals Are Making A Run

The Kansas City Royals are 11 games out of first in the AL Central and eight games out a wildcard slot, but they are not going down without a fight. They come into this series having won six of their last eight games and just took two of three in Minnesota, who had been playing well, especially at home. Can the Royals make a run that will get them back into contention? It is possible, but not likely. They still have many things to fix on their team, like an offense that can score on the road, a pitching staff that is very inconsistent and a bullpen that has struggled of late and is without their closer Wade Davis. Just too many issues to think that the Royals can really get back in this race, but this is a proud team that will continue to play hard and will make life tough for teams like Detroit, who are still in the race.

The offense for the Royals comes in ranked 27th in the league in scoring, putting up just 3.84 rpg, while also ranking 8th in hitting at .262 and 27th in homers with 97. Kansas City has hit .244 overall on the road, including .247 vs lefties. The Royals have averaged 3.14 rpg and have allowed 4.34 rpg on the road for the year. On the mound they check in ranked 17th in the league in ERA at 4.24, while also ranking 15th in WHIP at 1.33. On the road Royal starters come in with an ERA of 5.09 while their pen has an ERA of 4.12. Toeing the rubber for the Royals will be Ian Kennedy, who has gone 6-9 with a 3.91 ERA in 23 starts this year, including 0-0 with a 0.93 ERA in his last three starts and 3-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 14 starts on the road. Kennedy is now 13-29 with a 4.32 ERA in his last 61 starts on the road and 17-12 with a 3.54 ERA in 37 starts in August, while vs the Tigers he is 0-3 with a 4.34 ERA in five starts, including 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts here at Comerica.

Pitching Has Improved For The Tigers

The Detroit Tigers are still with a very good shot at making the playoffs as they are currently just a game and a half out of a wildcard slot in the American League. They did explode for seven runs in their win over Texas on Sunday, but that offense had been sputtering as they averaged just 2.40 rpg in their previous five games. The pitching has been their issues for most of the year, but it has turned around of late as the Tigers have allowed just 3.45 rpg in their last 11 games. They have a solid offense that is missing Nick Castellanos, but that offense is still very good and will get back on track. If it does and they continue to get strong pitching then the Tigers could very well grab that last wildcard slot or maybe even their division. Do not sleep on the Tigers the rest of the way.

The Tigers enter this game ranked 9th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.68 rpg, while also ranking 4th in hitting at .267 and 8th in homers with 150. The Tigers have hit .276 at home overall, including .288 vs righties. Detroit has averaged 5.06 rpg and have allowed 4.33 rpg at home this year. On the mound Detroit comes in ranked 19th in the league in ERA at 4.27, while also ranking 16th in WHIP at 1.34. At home Detroit starters have an ERA of 4.40, while their pen has an ERA of 3.19. Taking the hill for the Tigers will be Daniel Norris, who has gone 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA in five games (four starts) this year, including 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in his last three starts and 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts here at home. Norris is 1-1 with a 4.44 ERA in five starts in August and 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 18 starts in his career overall, while vs the Royals he is 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA in one start.

Trends

Kansas City is:

  • 5-2 in their last seven games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
  • 5-2 in their last seven games on grass

Detroit is:

  • 1-5 in their last six games on grass
  • 0-4 in their last four games vs. a right-handed starter

The Tigers are back from a road trip in which their offense struggled and the Royals have been getting better pitching of late. Detroit is slumping and the Royals are learning to win on the road and would love to at least play spoiler here to their division rivals. Ian Kennedy has been pitching far better of late and he gets the nod here over Daniel Norris as the Royals grab a huge road win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Pick: Kansas City

Pirates vs. Dodgers, 8/14/16 -Expert Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Los Angeles Dodgers

When: 4:10 PM ET, Sunday, August 14, 2016

Where: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Lines: Los Angeles -144/ Pittsburgh +134

Total: 8

Sunday afternoon bases and the Pittsburgh Pirates will invade Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, California to battle the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of their three game series. The Dodgers have won 37-15 the last 52 games in this series played here at Chavez Ravine. Pitching Probables: Chad Kuhl vs Brett Anderson

Pirates Are Staying In The Wildcard Race

The divisional race for the Pirates has been over for a long time, but they are very much in the race for a wildcard slot. As of this writing the Pirates are currently just one game behind the Marlins for a National League wildcard slot. Despite the mediocre play this team has shown all year, they are still very much in it. Pittsburgh has won five of their last seven games and slumps by both Miami and St Louis have allowed them to crawl back into the race and they have been doing it by getting a bad year from Andrew McCutchen, who has just 16 homers and 46 RBIs on the year, while hitting just .243. In his last four years combined he has hit .312, while averaging 25 homers and 89.8 RBIs per year. Truly a bad year for him, but others like Starling Marte, David Freese and Gregory polanco have stepped up to lead this team, along with their pitching, which has a 2.86 ERA in their last 10 games. Beware the Buccos.

The Pittsburgh offense comes in ranked 14th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.49 rpg, while also ranking 14th in hitting at .257 and 26th in homers with 103. The Pirates hit .239 overall on the road, including .238 vs righties. Pittsburgh scores 4.22 rpg and allows 4.65 rpg on the road. On the mound the Pirates check in at 15th in the league in ERA at 4.18, while also ranking 22nd in WHIP at 1.39. On the road Pirate starters come in with an ERA of 5.27, while their pen has an ERA of 2.99. Chad Kuhl gets the nod for the Pirates and he has gone 2-0 with a 3.91 ERA in five starts this year, which are the first five of his career. He has gone 1-0 with a 3.77 ERA in his last three starts and 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts on the road.

The Return Of Anderson Should Help Banged Up Rotation

Brett Anderson will be making his first MLB start of the year after missing most of the season with a bulging disc in his back. Last year for the Dodgers he was 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 31 starts, including 3-5 with a 4.29 ERA in 16 starts here at Dodger Stadium. Anderson has gone 7-7 with a 3.83 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) during August in his career and he is 1-0 with a 0.68 ERA in two starts vs the Pirates. His return for the Dodgers should help them in down the stretch as their staff is hurting with Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Hyun-jin Ryu all out right now, despite the injuries, the staff has still been solid as they come in ranked 4th in the league in ERA at 3.61, while also ranking 2nd in WHIP at 1.14. At home Dodger starters have an ERA of 3.38, while their pen has an ERA of 2.56.

They may be starting to wear down as the Dodgers have a 4.81 ERA in their last 10 games. The Injuries are starting to take their toll and Anderson’s return should help gobble up some much needed innings for the Dodgers. His return couldn’t come at a better time. On offense this year the Dodgers come in ranked 18th in the league in scoring putting up 4.42 rpg, while also ranking 22nd in hitting at .247 and 17th in homers with 131. LA hits .241 overall at home, including .250 vs righties. The Dodgers average 4.19 rpg, while allowing 3.29 rpg at home for the year. Justin Turner has had a solid year, but he is listed as doubtful for this game. The Dodgers are just not playing great ball right now and have squandered chances at taking over first place from the slumping Giants. Should be an interesting last month and a half in LA.

Trends

Pittsburgh is:

  • 2-7 in their last nine road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
  • 3-8 their last 11 road games overall

Los Angeles is:

  • 71-33 in their last 104 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
  • 46-22 in their last 68 during game three of a series

The Dodgers really need this game and getting Brett Anderson back should really give this team a lift. They have had their chances at taking over the top spot in the NL West, but haven’t capitalized on that. They should grab a big win here as both their offense and Brett Anderson combine to get them a much need and confidence building win. Take the Dodgers in this one.

Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers

Angels vs. Indians, 8/13/16 – Free Prediction

Los Angeles Angels vs Cleveland Indians

When: 7:10 PM ET, Saturday, August 13, 2016

Where: Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Lines: Cleveland -129/ Angels +119

Total: 9

Major League Baseball on Saturday night and the Los Angeles Angels will do battle with the Cleveland Indians in game three of their four game series from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Pitching Probables: Matt Shoemaker vs Mike Clevinger.

Angels Have Much To Fix In The Offseason

The Los Angeles Angels are playing miserable ball again and they have lost their last seven games as of this writing and it really doesn’t look like things will get much better for them as the rest of the season goes on. Their hitting is struggling again as they have scored just seven total runs in their last four games, while their pitching has posted a 6.25 ERA in their last 10 games. The starting staff lost Hector Santiago, in favor of Ricky Nolasco, which was not a good trade off for the Angels, and they lost Nick Tropeano to Tommy John surgery, plus Joe smith is now in the bullpen of the Chicago Cubs and Tim Lincecum is now in Triple A. This will have to be a crucial offseason for the Angels as they have a lot of holes to fill, which is not real easy to do in just one year’s time.

The Angels come in ranked 13th in the league in scoring, putting up  4.61 rpg, while also ranking 5th in hitting at .267 and 25th in homers with 107. The Halos have hit .266 overall on the road, including .259 vs righties. The Angels have averaged 4.77 rpg and have allowed 4.60 rpg on the road this year. On the mound the Angels have not been good as they come in ranked 24th in the league in ERA at 4.46, while also ranking 26th in WHIP at 1.41. On the road Angel starters have an ERA of 4.69, while their pen has an ERA of 4.38. Taking the hill for the Halos will be Matt Shoemaker, who has gone 6-12 with a 4.07 ERA in 22 starts this year, including 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his last three starts and 3-8 with a 4.83 ERA in 12 starts on the road. Shoemaker is now 16-13 with a 4.83 ERA in 38 games (35 starts) on the road in his career and 8-4 with a 2.84 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) in August, while vs the Tribe he has gone 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in three starts.

Indians Look To Pull Away In The Central

This is their chance to put some distance between themselves and the Detroit Tigers as they have been a solid home team this year and will be taking on a Los Angeles team that has pretty much thrown in the towel. Of course we thought the same thing when the Twins came to town a little while ago and ended up winning three of the four games. I have a feeling this one will be different and at already started that way with a 14-4 Cleveland win in game one of this series. That is what is expected of a team with this much talent and is taking on one of the worst teams in the league. Mike Napoli had a huge game with four hits and four RBIs, while Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits and four RBIs in the win. This is a deep team and when the lineup is on there isn’t an easy out in the bunch. I feel they have learned something for their series vs the Twins and will be fully focused for the rest of this one.

The Indians come in ranked 4th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.97 rpg, while also ranking 9th in hitting at .261 and 9th in homers with 144. The Indians have hit .282 overall at home, including .284 vs righties. Cleveland averages 5.75 rpg and allows 4.57 rpg at home. On the mound the Tribe come in ranked 8th in the league in ERA at 3.84 and 7th in WHIP at 1.25. At home Cleveland starters have an ERA of 4.50, while their pen has an ERA of 3.38. Mike Clevinger gets the nod in this game and he has gone 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in five games (four starts) this year, including 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in his last three starts and 0-0 with a 5.23 ERA in three games (two starts) here at home. Clevinger was 11-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 17 starts at Triple A Columbus this year.

Trends

Los Angeles is:

  • 6-20 in their last 26 road games vs. a right-handed starter
  • 5-17 in their last 22 road games vs. a team with a winning record

Cleveland is:

  • 22-8 in their last 30 vs. a team with a losing record
  • 13-6 in their last 19 home games vs. a team with a losing record

Matt Shoemaker has become the ace of the Angels staff, but still he is taking on a hot Cleveland offense that nearly score 6.0 rpg at home. Cleveland needs to keep the pedal to the medal and put some distance between themselves and the Tigers and after their struggles vs the Twins here at home they can not afford to look past this team. They didn’t in game one and won’t here either.

Pick: Cleveland

 

Diamondbacks vs. Red Sox, 8/12/16 – Free Prediction

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Boston Red Sox

When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, August 12, 2016

Where: Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Lines: Boston -240/ Arizona +220

Total: 9.5

Tonight the National League West meets the American League East as the Arizona Diamondbacks do battle with the Boston Red Sox in game one of their three game series from Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox have won seven of the least eight home games in the series. Pitching Probables: Patrick Corbin vs David Price

Diamondbacks Sweep Mets In New York

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a horrible home team this year, but out on the road they have been very respectable and the Mets found that out the hard way. The Diamondbacks have nothing to play for this year, while the Mets have everything to play for and Arizona went into Citi Field and walked out with a three game sweep, including a 9-0 pasting on Thursday afternoon. Arizona is now 29-27 on the road, compared to a horrible 19-39 at home. If they had at least a .500 record at home then they might have a shot at a playoff berth. Getting the win on Thursday was Braden Shipley, who threw seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits in the game. THe offensive star of the game was Chris Owings, who went three-for-five with two runs scored and three RBIs. You just have to wonder where the Diamondbacks would be if they could win at home.

On offense the Diamondbacks check in at 15th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.46 rpg, while also ranking 9th in hitting at .261 and 18th in homers with 130. The Diamondbacks have hit .258 overall on the road, including .262 vs righties. Arizona averages 4.37 rpg and allows 4.77 rpg on the road. On the mound Arizona comes in ranked 29th in the league in ERA at 5.00, while also ranking 30th in WHIP at 1.48. On the road Arizona starters have an ERA of 4.09, while their pen has an ERA of 5.10. Taking the hill for the Diamondbacks will be Patrick Corbin, who has gone 4-11 with a 5.37 ERA in 23 starts this year, including 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA in his last three starts and 4-3 with a 4.00 ERA in 12 starts on the road. Corbin is now 14-14 with a 4.43 ERA in 48 games (45 starts) on the road in his career and 2-3 with a 4.57 ERA in 7 career interleague starts, while vs the Red Sox he is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in one start.

Red Sox Looking For Consistency

The Boston  Red Sox have not been playing good ball of late as they have gone just 3-5 in their last eight games as of this writing. This is not the right time for the Red Sox to struggle as they are in the thick of a playoff race. As of now they are 2.5 games out of first in the American League East, while holding onto one of the two AL wildcard slots. That may not last if they can’t play more consistently. Their pitching has been erratic at times of late, while their offense has been sputtering as well and is in a real slump as they have averaged just 3.80 rpg in their last 10 games. Making matters worse is that both Mookie Betts and David Ortiz left Wednesday’s game with injuries and are questionable for this game. If either are out for a long period of time then this offense will really be in trouble.

On offense the Red Sox check in at 1st in the league in scoring, putting up 5.42 rpg, while also ranking 1st in hitting at .283 and 12th in homers with 139. Boston has hit .299 overall at home, including .313 vs lefties. The Red Sox have averaged 5.90 rpg and have allowed 4.89 rpg at home this year. On the mound Boston has been a bit below average as they come in ranked 21st in the league in ERA at 4.29, while also ranking 14th in WHIP at 1.33. At home Red Sox starters have an ERA of 4.56, while their pen has an ERA of 4.06. Toeing the rubber for the Red Sox will be David Price, who has gone 9-8 with a 4.34 ERA in 24 starts this year, including 0-1 with a 3.15 ERA in his last three starts and 6-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 12 starts here at home. Price is now 12-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 23 career starts here at Fenway and 12-12 with a 3.44 ERA in 29 career interleague starts, while vs Arizona he has gone 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in one start.

Trends

Arizona is:

  • The Under is 9-4 in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning record
  • The Under is 34-16-1 in their last 51 interleague road games vs. a team with a winning record

Boston is:

  • The Under is 5-1 in Price’s last six home starts
  • The Under is 8-2-1 the last 11 games in this series

I like the Under in this game. The Red Sox are struggling on offense right now and may be without Ortiz and Betts for this one. Even if those two do play the Sox have still averaged just 3.8 rpg in their last 10 games and just 3.25 rpg in Price’s last eight games. This offense will go up against a staff that pitches far better on the road than at home. David Price has pitched well of late and Arizona can struggle to score on the road. This has been a low scoring series and that should continue here as we see no more than seven runs scored.

Pick: Under 9.5

 

White Sox vs. Royals, 8/11/16 – Prediction and Pick

Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals
When: 8:15 PM ET, Thursday August 11, 2016
Where: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
Lines: Kansas City -156/Chicago White Sox +146
Total: 8
Major League Baseball action on Thursday night and the Chicago White Sox will battle the Kansas City Royals in game three of their three game series from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals have won 10 of the last 14 home games in this series. Pitching Probables: Miguel Gonzalez vs Danny Duffy.

The Chicago White Sox Have Very Little Pop

The White Sox took game one of this series, but still this is not a very good team right now. They have little in the way of offense and their pitching has been mediocre at best. That is not a good combination these days in the major leagues. Chicago is well out of the playoff chase and it mostly has been a result of their offense which ranks 26th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.01 rpg, while also ranking 18th in hitting at .250 and 23rd in homers with 113. Chicago hits .245 overall on the road, including .265 vs lefties. Just not good numbers. They do have Todd Frazier who is tied for the league lead in homers with 31, but despite that they are still ranked in the lower 3rd in the league in homers. They do have Jose Abreu also but he has just 14 homers so far after notching 26 and 30 in his first two years in the league. They clearly needed more from him this year.

The White Sox have averaged 3.98 rpg and have allowed 4.42 rpg on the road this year. On the mound the White Sox are ranked 12th in the league in ERA at 4.08, while also ranking 19th in WHIP at 1.37. On the road White Sox starters have an ERA of 3.79, while their pen has an ERA of 5.28. Taking the hill for the White Sox will be Miguel Gonzalez, who has gone 2-6 with a 4.09 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) this year, including 0-1 with a 2.75 ERA in his last three starts and 0-2 with a 3.29 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) on the road. Gonzalez is now 6-9 with a 4.06 ERA in his last 25 games (24 starts) on the road and 5-10 with a 4.24 ERA in 22 games (20 starts) in August, while vs the Royals he is 1-4 with a 4.58 ERA in six starts, including 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA in three starts here at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals Have A Lot Of Work To Do

The Kansas City Royals are now just looking to get through the rest of the season and start getting ready for next year. As of this writing they are currently 11 games out of first in the American League Central and 8.5 games out of a wildcard slot. Not impossible, but still very unlikely that they can grab a spot. Their offense is struggling right now and their starting pitching is well below average, while their bullpen has really struggled and is missing their closer in Wade Davis. No wonder they are struggling right now. This team is a miss and is light years from last years team that won the World Series. This will be an interesting offseason for the royals to see if they can put the pieces back together to return to the playoffs. They clearly have a lot of work to do in the offseason.

 
The offense for the Royals comes in ranked 27th in the league in scoring, putting up just 3.85 rpg, while also ranking 6th in hitting at .263 and 27th in homers with 95. Kansas City has hit .278 overall at home, including .285 vs lefties. The Royals have averaged 4.65 rpg and have allowed 4.47 rpg at home for the year. On the mound they check in ranked 22nd in the league in ERA at 4.32, while also ranking 17th in WHIP at 1.34. At home Royal starters come in with an ERA of 4.61 while their pen has an ERA of 3.68. The Royals will send out Danny Duffy in this one and he has gone 8-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 32 games (16 starts) this year, including 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his last three starts and 4-0 with a 3.67 ERA in 16 games (nine starts) here at home. Duffy has gone 8-1 with a 2.96 ERA in his 16 starts this year and he is 1`0-6 with a 3.34 ERA in 22 career starts in August, while vs the White Sox he has gone 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA in 14 games (12 starts).

 
Trends
Chicago is:

  • 27-62 in their last 89 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
  • 7-22 in their last 29 road games vs. a right-handed starter

Kansas City is:

  • 3-10 in their last 13 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game
  • 0-9 in their last nine games vs. a left-handed starter

The Royals have really struggled of late and are pretty far out of the wildcard race, but they have a very favorable pitching matchup in this game and that should lead to victory for the Royals. Danny Duffy has been the ace of their staff since being inserted into the starting rotation and he should have another strong out in this one as he runs his record on the year 9-1 overall and 5-0 at home after this one is over.

Pick: Kansas City

Yankees vs. Red Sox, 8/10/16 – Free Prediction

New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox
When: 7:10 PM ET, Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Where: Fenway Park in Boston Massachusetts
Lines: Boston -175/ New York +165
Total: 9.5
Heated american League East rivals will do battle this evening as the New York Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox in game two of their three game series from Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Pitching Probable: Nathan Eovaldi vs Drew Pomeranz.

Let The Youth Movement Commence

The New York Yankees have had a very mediocre year, but still they are in the thick of the playoff race. As of this writing they currently just seven games out of first in the American League East and just 4.5 games out of one of the wildcard slots. I personally don’t think they will be able to grab one of the spots as they just don’t have enough offense and their pitching is erratic, plus they are missing two thirds of the back half of their powerful pen. All of this will catch up to them down the stretch. They will have do do it the rest of the way without Alex Rodriguez, who announced that Friday night will be his last game as he is retiring. It’s not really a big loss as he was hitting just .204 with nine homers and 29 RBIs on the year. Mark Teixeira also announced he is retiring, but that is at the end of the year. Let the youth movement begin and with what they did at the deadline, they have plenty of strong youngsters waiting to make an impact. Watch out for this team next year.

The Yankees enter this game ranked 22nd in the league in scoring, putting up 4.09 rpg, while also ranking 20th in hitting at .249 and 24th in homers with 111. The Yankees hit .245 overall on the road, including .257 vs lefties. New York averages 3.82 and allows 4.65 rpg on the road. On the mound the Yankees are 15th the league in ERA at 4.23, while also ranking 8th in WHIP at 1.25. On the road New York starters have an ERA of 4.71, while their pen has an ERA of 4.40. Taking the hill for the Yankees will be Nathan Eovaldi, who has gone 9-8 with a 4.30 ERA in 23 games (20 starts) this year, including 1-2 with a 4.12 ERa in his last three starts and 4-5 with a 5.23 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) on the road. Eovaldi is now 16-15 with a 4.74 ERA in his last 42 games (40 starts) on the road and 7-15 with a 4.12 ERA in 28 career starts in August, while vs the Red Sox he is 3-0 with a 4.60 ERA in six games (five starts), including 2-0 with a 5.94 ERA in three starts here at Fenway.

Can The Red Sox Catch The Jays Or Orioles?

Boston has really been inconsistent of late and they still have a ton road games left, so it will be difficult for them to catch the leaders, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t. The Red Sox still have a very strong offense and their pitching is getting a bit better, so yes they have a shot at taking the division, but it will not be easy. The offense has sputtered of late, but that won’t last, especially here at home where they have averaged nearly 6.0 rpg on the year and they are taking on a Yankee staff that is well below average. I would expect that offense to break out in this series big time, especially with the desperation of fighting for a playoff spot. Their pitching has shown some improvements, but still it is a work in progress and the bullpen has struggled. Boston has some nice pieces, and I feel that they will find their way into the playoffs.
On offense, the Red Sox check in at 1st in the league in scoring, putting up 5.44 rpg, while also ranking 1st in hitting at .283 and 12th in homers with 139. Boston has hit .300 overall at home, including .295 vs righties. The Red Sox have averaged 5.95 rpg and have allowed 4.85 rpg at home this year. On the mound Boston has been a bit below average as they come in ranked 17th in the league in ERA at 4.26, while also ranking 14th in WHIP at 1.32. At home Red Sox starters have an ERA of 4.66, while their pen has an ERA of 3.73. Drew Pomeranz gets the call for Boston and he has gone 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in his four starts with the Red Sox so far. Overall this year he is 8-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 21 starts. Pomeranz is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA in two career starts here at Fenway and 0-2 with a 4.21 ERA in eight career starts in August, while vs the Yankees he is 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts.

Trends
New York is:

  • The Over is 15-5-1 in their last 21 road games
  • The Over is 5-2-1 in their last eight road games vs. a left-handed starter

Boston is:
None Available

Let’s look for a high scoring game in this one. Drew Pomeranz has not pitched well for the Red Sox this year so far and has a 7.00 ERA in two career starts here at Fenway. The Yankees are not a good offensive team, but they should be able to knock him around some. The Red Sox offense has sputtered of late, but they will be taking on Nathan Eovaldi, who has a 5.94 ERA in three career starts here at Fenway, with his three starts here averaging 11.7 rpg. His two starts vs them overall this year has seen 10 runs and 15 runs being scored. This one should see at least 12.

Pick: Over 9.5