Degens Only: Friday Plays, July 30
What a day we had in sports yesterday. Multi-sport blockbusters shook up this year’s MLB race and the upcoming NBA season. Looking at Westbrook to the Lakers, they are poised to go all in while Lebron is still an active player. The question now becomes, who do you stop? The greatest player of this generation, the dominate big man in the middle, or the triple double machine. Switching to baseball, we saw the Yankees bring out the checkbook and trade the farm away to try and sneak into the playoffs and make a run; presumably this is the front office trying to do anything possible to jump start this team and save their jobs. Next is the biggest trade of them all, Mad Max and Trea Turner to the Dodgers…are you kidding me? Maybe playoff Max will be different in Dodger blue, and for their sake, I hope so because they are certainly poised to make a big run now. Speaking of big runs were sitting at 22-3-1 over our last 26 plays, let the good times roll and continue.
Boys in Blue: Dodgers -1.5
You can’t trade for an all-star short stop and a future hall of fame pitcher and come out and lay an egg your next game. The Dodgers get the sorry Dbacks on the heels of making one of the biggest trades we have seen in recent years. In their first 10 meetings this season, the Dodgers, as many would expect, have owned the Dbacks and are 9-1 head to head this season. Gonsolin is going for the Dodgers and he has been a stud lately, only allowing 10 runs over his last 10 starts. Gallen has been pretty average over his last 10 starts, but he has been giving up the long ball lately allowing six homers over his last six starts. The Diamondbacks haven’t won many games this season, but they have also lost the last eight of Gallens starts, the run line was covered in six of those eight. Like it was mentioned earlier, the Dodgers made a huge statement with these trades they made yesterday; this is no time to come out and lay an egg especially against a bottom dwelling team that they have already dominated all season. The Dodgers are all in and so are we take LA -1.5.
Shake it Out West: Padres/ Rockies Under 8.5
Unpopular opinion, the pitching of the Rockies is underrated. We’re breaking down the total specifically here and looking at Rockies starter John Gray. His last five outings have all gone under their posted totals and that includes home and road starts. For the Padres, Weathers games have gone under in four of his last six starts. Looking at the head to head matchup the under comes in at 8-4 with a current game playing that could make it 9-4. Taking an even closer look of the six games played so far at Petco Park the under is 5-1. Both pitchers have been consistently good lately look for the trends to continue here, take the under 8.5
Lone Rangers: Seattle ML
Call him a good luck charm, but at this point you just have to call him good. Gilbert has emerged as a power house for the Mariners on their sudden playoff push. Seattle has won all 10 of Gilberts last 10 starts…Yes “10.” Seattle holds the head-to-head lead against the Rangers this season beating them 7-3. Allard has been a mess for a while now. The Rangers don’t win many games, but they have lost 14 out of 15 of Allard’s starts this season including seven straight. Allard has allowed four or more runs in five of his last six starts and couple that with nine homers in his last seven starts and that will get you to lose 14 out of 15. The Rangers officially pulled the plug on this season and green lighted their rebuild when they sent Gallo to the Yankees. On one hand, you have a young pitcher mowing everyone down for a team trying to cling to a playoff spot, and on the other you have a guy giving up homeruns and losing basically every game he starts on a team that just traded away a majority of their offense and their best outfield arm. The Rangers will basically have no interest in this game. Should be an easy Mariners win here take them on the ML.
The A Team: A’s ML
Consistently one of the best second half teams were riding with the A’s today. A team in a playoff race that didn’t make moves at the deadline showing they believe in their guys and their happy with the team they currently have. In this head to head series they should be as they have owned the Angels this season and lead the head to head series 9-3 including the last five in a row. Bassitt has been solid against the Angels this season in two starts he has only allowed two runs and the A’s won both his starts against Sandoval and the Angles. Sandoval mirrored Bassitt’s start’s only allowing two runs of his own. There is a reason why Oakland keeps coming up as winners in this series though and that is the same thing we have been on for a month now and that is the Angles bullpen is terrible. Expect a pitcher’s duel early on and then the Angles pen to do what they do best and blow the game. Take the Angels ML.