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MLB Series Betting- Tampa Bay at Kansas City2009-07-21
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the second half of the season believing they can play much better baseball then they did most of the first half of the year. The Rays (48-41, -0.7 units) trail the New York Yankees by four losses in the wild card chase and Boston by seven for the AL East division lead. In some ways, Tampa Bay feels fortunate they are still within reach of the postseason after floundering at or below .500 for the first two months of the season. "We didn't play nearly our best baseball," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We did at times, but a little bit too streaky."
One area that needs immediate shoring up is Tampa’s play on the road. They Rays are 18-26 (-7.8) and the skipper thinks his team is capable of turning this around. “We just have to get out there in the second half. We have to take advantage and not make the same kinds of mistakes that put us in a bind in the first half. We're capable of that. We're capable of playing a higher level of baseball on a more consistent basis." Maddon said.
Kansas City (37-51, -13.9 units) starts the second half having lost five of six and in search of winning formula from last September that fueled this season’s optimism. The Royals first order of business is finding ways to score more runs. Kansas City ranks 28th in runs scored at 3.9 per game and hopes Alex Gordon can provide offensive punch coming off of hip surgery.
Because ace Zach Greinke (10-5, 2.12 ERA) only pitched one inning in the All-Star game, Royals manager Trey Hillman moved him up to start the series. Greinke hasn’t been quite as effective as he was early in the season, when he was un-hittable and has lost his last two starts, though the 3-1 loss the last time out was in part due to shabby K.C. defense. The Royals are -120 money line favorites at Sportsbook.com, with total 07. Greinke and the Royals are 16-6 when the money line is +125 to -125 and 18-6 UNDER in the second half of the season.
Tampa Bay will counter with James Shields (6-6, 3.42), who is 2-4 on the road, with the Rays winners only twice in his eight starts as visitor. The Rays are off a pair of losses, but have enjoyed great success on Friday’s with 29-11 mark. Shields’ has liked the look of Royals uniform and is 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA in five career starts against Kansas City. He’s averaged nearly a strikeout per inning against K.C. (32) in the 36 innings he’s worked, while allowing just three free passes. The Rays are 14-3 UNDER July in road games since last year.
Game 1 Edge: Tampa Bay
Because of the shifting of Royals rotation, Brian Bannister (6-7, 3.66) is expected to be the starter for Game 2. Bannister is off arguably the best game of his career, throwing seven shutout innings at Boston before tiring slightly in allowing one run on three hits in over 7 2/3 in 3-1 triumph. Coming into the series, Kansas City had won only three of last dozen contests at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are 4-1 in Bannister’s home starts against winning teams and 6-2 if favored.
Only staunch baseball bettors might know this, Tampa Bay’s offense ranks third in baseball at 5.3 runs per game. Besides pounding out 9.3 hits per game on average, the former Devil Rays have newfound patience as the dish, walking 4.1 times per game, which is third best in baseball, just behind the Yankees and Red Sox. The former masthead of the Rays staff, Scott Kazmir (4-5, 7.11) will take the ball for middle encounter. Since being injured, the lefthander has not been effective, but at least pain-free. Having last won on May 9, Kazmir hopes pitching in a Game 2 situation will turn luck around since he and his teammates are 22-5 in that spot.
Game 2 Edge: Kansas City
The series finale will be afternoon affair. The Rays are 16-13 playing in the light of day, with Kansas City unsightly 12-19. Matt Garza (6-7, 3.73) is one of the American League’s biggest enigmas. Only a handful of hurlers have his stuff, yet he finds a way to have one bad inning and has losing record. He’s 0-4 with 4.02 ERA against K.C. The Royals will send Luke Hochevar (5-3, 5.34) to toe the slap. Since returning in early June for stint in minors, Hochevar has pitched up to his capabilities, with 5-1 record and 3.97 ERA. Besides the quality record, he’s been innings-eater with six of last seven starts lasting as least six innings.
Game 3 Edge: Kansas City
Thought this was a good week to change it up and go with a few teams that don’t receive much of the acclaim. The matchup is very close, but Tampa Bay has poor road record and two of its starters in this series are fumbling along, not pitching well. Similar to a thin slice of pastrami, I’ll support the Royals by the slimmest of margins.
Sportsbook.com series odds: Tampa Bay -125, Kansas City -105
StatFox Edge Pick: Kansas City
MLB: Toronto tries to side-step trouble2009-05-22
One of the prerequisites of being a division leading team that makes the playoffs is to avoid losing streaks. During the course of a 162-game season, the losing bug can grab any team and end up hanging around, the key is to not let it hang around too long. The Toronto Blue Jays have done an excellent job of this in the first quarter of the season, having not lost three games in succession and dropping only three series. They will be tested while looking to avoid being swept tonight in Boston. The BoSox are a hefty -175 favorite. Get the latest info on this A.L. East showdown on the TEAM STATISTICS page.
The Red Sox (24-16, +3.6 units) returned home to Fenway Park after inferior road trip and have taken down Toronto twice, with pitching and power display. Boston hurlers have limited the Blue Jays to four total runs in the first two games. Last night, four different BoSox hitters went yard, including David Ortiz who did so for the first time in 2009.
Once again the Boston bullpen continued to shine and the Red Sox are 10-0 in home games with a hot bullpen whose ERA is under 2.00 the last five games. Manager Terry Francona has assigned Jon Lester (2-4, 6.51 ERA, 1.617 WHIP) to lead Toronto’s demise. Lester has allowed 13 runs in 10 innings over his last two outings and will look to avert a third straight loss.
“There will not be a pitcher for the remainder of the season that will work as hard as I will to get to where I was last year," said the Red Sox lefty after 5-4 setback at Seattle on Friday. "It's the little things that are screwing up my outings, and it will turn around." Typically where it turns around is at home, with Lester and Boston 22-5 in home games over the last three seasons.
Toronto (27-16, +10.3) has gotten by this season by being more aggressive at the plate and showing far greater patience when hitting. The Blue Jays have .355 on base percentage, amongst the best in baseball and are sixth in home runs. The genuine surprise has been the starting pitching, thrown together in the spring because of injury.
Among this group is tonight’s starter Robert Ray (1-1, 3.60, 1.100), who won his first major league game his last time out against Chicago, pitching eight innings and not allowing earned run in 2-1 triumph. Right-handed batters are hitting just .229 against Ray and Toronto is 32-17 in May the last two years.
Sportsbook.com has Boston as large -175 money line favorites with total Ov10. The Red Sox are 42-16 as a home favorite of -125 to -175 and 28-6 when the total is 10 or higher at Fenway. After all the big bombs last night, Boston is 23-9 UNDER after a game where they had six or more extra base hits. Toronto is 22-11 in road games after scoring three runs or less two straight games and Ray needs to go right after Sox batters since they are 10-20 after slugging five or more home runs in single contest. The Jays are 10-4 OVER as underdogs.
The final game of the series starts at 7:10 Eastern on NESN and MLB.TV, with Toronto having lost three in a row and nine of its last 12 against the Red Sox, including four straight in Boston.
StatFox Power Line – Toronto -107