Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants

Degens Only: Tuesday Plays, June 1

The second hardest comeback in sports has been completed; this time on the ice. The Canadians completed the comeback after being down in the series three games to one. When the series got to three games apiece, Montreal must have had a sense that victory was on the horizon. If you follow playoff hockey, you know what I mean. For those of you that don’t, consider the Leafs like the Buffalo Bills before the big game. What we’re saying is the Leafs were considered a serious contender for this year’s cup, but they melted into the same team that has not won a playoff series since 2004.  They have lost eight straight series deciding games, and they have lost a win or go home game in the last four straight postseasons. All we can say is better luck next year Toronto. Let’s get into today’s top plays.

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G Men: Giants F5 -.5
We touched on how SF was getting no respect in their betting lines a few weeks back and that has now caught up as they are now seen as a legit team, and their lines are starting to reflect it. Today’s matchup is another good one for them. Heaney, who has about average stuff, takes the hill for the Angels and the wheels have started to come off a little bit for the hard throwing lefty, allowing 13 runs over his last three starts. Now, if you look at all those teams that have given him trouble in the last three games, you see that they all hit LHP well, same goes for the Giants as they rank 10th against lefties stemming back from last month. Alex Wood takes the mound for the Giants, and he is enjoying a bounce back year, outside of his last start against the mighty Dodgers he has not let up more than 2 runs in any start this season. The Giants hold the offensive and pitching advantage in this one, but if that wasn’t enough, the Giants are the number two team in the league within the first five innings with a 29-16-8 record, where the Angels rank near the bottom with a below .500 record of 22-25-6. Take the Giants F5 -.5.

Sound the Cans: Astros/Red Sox over 9
This matchup features two of the top offenses in the league. Either one of these teams is capable of going over this total by themselves. Last night, for example, the total was reached in the sixth. The Astros are one of the top scoring teams at home averaging 5.5 runs per game on their home field. Essentially, they are averaging over half the runs needed to go over in this one. With an up and down pitcher like Richards going for the Sox, the Astros bats could be set to roll yet again as Astros’ hitters are hitting almost .300 lifetime against Richards in 70 at bats. Garcia goes for the Astros and he is in the opener role where he only goes for 2-3 innings and still he has given up two to three runs a few times in those short starts.  The runs should be coming in, take the over 9.

Welcome to Wrigley: Cubs ML
Sure, Kyle Hendricks isn’t the same guy he was a few years back, but he has shown some bounce back this month and so has this Cubs team, who was written off early, but has been one of the hottest teams over the past 10-20 games. While their offense remains average, it has been the pitching that has stepped up and allowed them to win a significant amount of games. The Cubs are 8-2 over their last 10 and outside of one bad start Hendricks has had a solid month. Weathers takes the hill for the Padres and he has been solid for most of the season, but this Cubs resurgence is the sixth best team against lefties and this chilly night in Chicago could be a cause for concern for the young lefty. It’s no secret the Cubs would much rather play at home where they sit at a comfortable 19-10 record, opposed to their 11-13 road record. Give me the hot team at home firing on all cylinders, take the Cubs ML.

Mets by Default: Mets ML
Listen, forgive me for being square, but at this line I’m hooked. The Diamondbacks could replace their whole team with their minor league roster, and I don’t think any of us would be able to tell the difference…that’s how bad this team has been. Typically, with the cheap line and the huge mismatch in all phases of the game, I would say something stinks and move on, but the only thing I see that stinks is the Diamondbacks and I’m going to stick with the NL East leading Mets to take this one.  Take the Mets ML. 

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