The Tigers are a +140 dog today with Verlander (12-4, 3.58 ERA) against the Yankees with Mussina. Mike’s had two solid starts in a row but has been HORRIBLE at times this season. He singlehandedly destroyed my fantasy team and I was forced to drop him. Perhaps he’s back to being the Mike Mussina were used to seeing but my money is going on Detroit.
Vegas has made the Tigers too big a dog. Verlander’s coming off his strongest outing since the All-Star break on Saturday, when he held the A’s to two runs over six-plus innings while striking out seven. The Tigers are 66-54 and tied for first with Cleveland in the Division.
So why are they a buck forty dog? Perhaps Vegas is overreacting to the fact that there’s a flu bug making it’s way around the Tigers roster. Verlander had it, but ist over it. Ordonez and Sheffield look healthy to me.
I’m goin’ with the dog!
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Boof Bonser and the Twins go for a little payback tonight from a loss with the same pitching matchup last week at home. Play Minnesota at KC vs the Royals.
Back on August 1, Brian Bannister got the best of the Twinkies in the Homer Dome. The former USC Trojan limited Minnesota to three earned runs and eight hits in seven frames as Kansas City pulled off the 5-3 upset. It’s time for the Twins to grab a little payback. On the hill for Minnesota will be right-hander Boof Bonser. Yes, Mr. Bonser was on the losing end of that August 1 contest and he’ll be chomping at the bit for redemption. Bonser pitched well in the loss allowing just two earned runs and eight hits in seven frames. Rest assured, he’ll do much better this time around.
At times this season Bonser has been hit-or-miss. Unfortunately, his road work has been reliable. In nine starts on foreign soil, No. 26 has produced a soft 2-4 record and has allowed only 28 earned runs and 62 hits in 49.1 innings of work. That adds up to a 5.11 ERA. Also, in three performances against KC this year, Bonser has limited the Royals to five earned runs in 17 frames. Kansas City’s Bannister has been solid in his last three starts. Facing the Twins, Rangers and Tigers, Brian popped for a 2-0 record and allowed just four earned runs and 16 hits in 21 frames. That mini-run is respectable. But, technically speaking, this is not the spot for the Royals. Minnesota has cashed 15 of its last 23 versus Kansas City and the red-hot Twins enter off last night’s crushing 4-0 shutout home loss to Cleveland. The Twins will be motivated and primed for revenge.
Take Minnesota with Bonser
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I’ve been avid sports bettor for years. I consider myself to be pretty good at it, though truth be told, gamblers generally only remember their last win, so it’s quite possible that I’m horrible. You can judge for yourself as each day I’ll share with you my “Pick of the Day”. Here’s my selection for Tuesday, July 31, 2007:
TAKE THE CARDINALS -115
The Pirates are home, but their losing ways will continue tonight when the St. Louis Cardinals arrive at PNCPark for a 3-game set.
Pittsburgh’s dropped 14 of their last 17, they’re on a miserable 2-8 run, and are not hitting well as a team. Off losing series against the Philles, Mets and Astros, look for the streak to continue.
St. Louis sends Adam Wainwright to the hill with an ERA of 3.32 in his last three starts, and a 4-2 road record. With the Pirates having a 10-game team batting average of just .227, they will find the going tough tonight. The Cardinals own this series at 39-16 their last 55 meetings and the Pirates are not a good bet as a dog, dropping nine out of their 10 games as the underdog.
Paul Maholm take the mound for the Pirates tonight with a losing record at home, allowing 70 hits and 37 runs in 10 starts where he is 4-6. I doubt he has enough run support tonight as the Pirates simply cannot get out of their own way and are not getting runners in scoring position.
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