Mike Yastremski, San Francisco Giants

Degens Only: Tuesday Plays May 18

We have all heard of athletes taking steroid to help boost their performance but there was news of steroid abuse from a different kind of athlete yesterday. Bob Baffert one of the top names in horse racing has been banned from entering any horse in any race in New York pending further investigation into the elevated levels of a banned substance found in his horse Medina Spirit. That name sounds familiar because Medina Spirt was the latest Baffert horse to win a major race after taking the win at The Kentucky Derby a few weeks back. Baffert has admitted that the banned substance can be found on an ointment that he claims was being used to treat a skin condition on the horse all the way up until race day. This infraction marks the fifth violation of the same nature that Baffert has had in the last 13 months something that is looking more and more less likely as a coincidence. Let’s talk about something that needs no extra juice and that is today’s plays.

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The G Men: Giants ML +110

Raise your hand if you thought the San Francisco Giants would be in first place right now in the NL West. I’m telling you right now nobody’s hand should be raised. It is an added bonus to us baseball fans to currently be seeing a third team in what was thought all off season was going to be a two legged race for division winner and wildcard. Today is an example that people are still not respecting the Giants and where they have gotten to this season as their best pitcher in DeSclafani takes the hill against I’m just going to say it former ace Luis Castillo. DeSclafani has been having one of his best years and has compiled a 3-1 record and the Giants are 5-3 in games that he starts. Castillo has been a shell of his former self and has continued to not produce this season. Compiling a 1-5 record accompanied of an ERA over seven he really needs some work.  Take the Giants ML

Seeing Double: Twins/White Sox under 8.5

One of my favorite spots has been when a team scores a lot of runs the night before against a not very good team. This is what we have in this one. I am really unsure of where the Twins from the last few years have gone but they certainly have not shown up this season. The White Sox pounded the Twins yesterday hanging 16 on them. Typically there is a combination of extra motivation from last night’s embarrassment and a lack of the top bullpen guys being used in the blowout so now they are available for tonight’s game. Pineda has been one of the more affective Twins pitchers not allowing many runs per start around 2-3. Lynn has continued his dominance posting bellowing a 2 run ERA and a 4-1 record. All the signs are pointing to an under here. A motivated not so good team facing a top tier pitcher with the top end of the pen ready to go.  Play the under 8.5

Failed Launch: Astros/A’s over 8.5

If there is one team that can score runs on Oakland its Houston. These teams will be battling it out for the division all season long and we get a good matchup for this one. The starter has not mattered much in these series as both teams can hit and Houston is on a solid streak at the moment winners of six in a row and eight of their last 10. They are second to only the White Sox in run differential at +56 so you know some runs are going to be put up here.  Looking at the games so far this season these two teams are 5-2 to the over with this posted total and the two unders the game finished at eight. Take the over 8.5.

Texas Shoot Out: Yankees/Rangers over 9

This one could get out of hand rather quickly. The Yankees have finally come around and are looking like the team everyone thought they were and so are the Rangers. So this one comes down to the pitchers and the park. Starting with the park since the weather started to heat up in May there has only been two home games for the Rangers that have gone under this total and they were eight and seven. With the Yankees bats being silenced yesterday and their ace getting the loss there should be some motivation for them to tie up the series against the very questionable Folty. Both of these pitchers have had the larger majority of their starts end up in them allowing multiple runs it looks like both starters have had only two starts each where they did not allow multiple runs. All of these factors combined should lead to runs. Take the over 9.

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