Shohei Ohtani

Degens Only: Friday Plays, May 28

Remember a few weeks ago when Yermin Mercedes got ridiculed for not following the unwritten rules of baseball and swung and hit a grand slam on a 3-0 pitch with his team up by 11 runs. Well it wasn’t quite 11 runs but the White Sox gave Mercedes the green light this time to swing at another 3-0 pitch and again he did not miss as he smashed a fastball that was sent right down the middle of the plate. Maybe this was done to show the youngster the difference of when this is acceptable or it was in the game plan, either way it was pretty ironic. Let’s hit a home run with today’s top plays!


Back the D Backs: Diamond Backs F5 ML
Yes, the pure numbers look very bleak for the D Backs, but if you look at all those loses lately they have been in a lot of very close games. While the offensive matchup in this one is a complete miss match where the Cardinals clearly have the edge the same can be said about the pitching. Bumgarner takes the hill for the D Backs and outside of a rough start at Coors field he has been solid dating back to mid-April only allowing more than one run in two starts. The same cannot be said about Cardinals starter Oviedo, though he has only had four starts this season he has allowed three or more runs in three of the four. Playing just these two here is the key the Diamondbacks should be able to get a couple off of Oviedo while Bumgarner keeps the Cardinal bats silent. Take the Diamondbacks F5 ML

The Battle of LA: A’s/Angles F5 under 4
Ohtani might have been stuck in traffic and missed his start yesterday but today he is scheduled to go again and odds are he won’t get stuck in traffic two days in a row. Ohtani has pitched well in his three starts this month and looks to continue against an on again off again A’s offense. The strength of this A’s team has been they’re pitching. Going for Oakland is Sean Manaea and outside of getting knocked around by Boston he too has been solid overall this month. With injuries to the Angels and two good pitchers on the mound, this one should end up going to the bullpens to decide. So play the first five under 4.

Welcome to the A: Knicks +4
As the series shifts to Atlanta we see a huge swing in the line here. If you recall the line was Knicks -1 game two in the Garden, now that the series has moved to Atlanta the Hawks are a four point favorite. That is a large five point swing in the favor of a team that escaped with a two point win and then came back and lost by nine. This games dynamic will obviously be different as both teams were not very good on the road this season and both were 14 games over .500 at home. Look for the Hawks to come out and try to control the game from start to finish behind their home crowd as Trey will likely look to repeat his performance in-game one. The Knicks will have to lock it down on defense to control this game. I wouldn’t be surprised if this game is going back and forth down to the final buzzer, but four points will be too many to give to a team that could win outright. Take the Knicks +4.

New Set of Clippers: Clippers ML
This Clippers team has too much talent to get swept, and they know that they need to win this game to have any type of shot at making this a series. Expect the Clippers best effort tonight as they know that going down 3-0 basically is spelling the end of this series. Expect a more focused group that’s main task will be slowing down Doncic at all costs. Tyronn Lue is a playoff seasoned coach who will have his team mentally prepared for this one. Take the Clippers ML.

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