Degens Only: Wednesday Plays, July 28
It’s official, Rodgers is in the building. If you needed more proof, then you should know that the Packers also released veteran QB Blake Bortles…I know, when did he become a Packer? Cobb seems to be on his way back from football hell… I mean the Texans. Aaron knows what he wants/needs to make this offense go and since Cobb left, the slot receiver for the Pack has been basically nonexistent, hence why we see so much of Adams. The way things are shaping up, beware of the Pack this season, and for today’s plays beware the continuation of the 18-3-1 heater is below.
Back to the Brew Crew: Brewers ML
If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it. We’re going back to the Brewers again. We know all the good reasons like we highlighted yesterday. Brewers improved to 8-3 against the Pirates this season and have won eight of their last 10 head to head meetings. Now let’s get down to the specific’s of this game. Its trade season and we saw that first hand when the Pirates traded away their starter three hours before the game started. Now you’re crazy If you think that had no impact on the team. That is so demoralizing to the team and you saw that yesterday as the Pirates looked lifeless. That team is going to take a while to want to come out and play after that statement to the team. Next, Houser goes for the Brewers and he has been solid against the Pirates in three combined starts against them this season he has only allowed six runs. The Brewers improved to 30-18 on the road this season and they are 12-5 in Houser’s starts this season. Kranick goes for the Pirates; another bullpen guy their hoping to get at least three decent innings from. He has only three starts on the season and he has struggled in his last two allowing seven runs. The Pirates pen will be taxed as yesterday’s starter only lasted 1 1/3. If Kranick can’t shake his resent results, it’s going to be another long afternoon. This Pirates team is mentally out of it. Yesterday’s trade made a statement to this team and look for them to not give a whole lot of effort here, take the Brewers ML.
The Happening: Tigers F5 +.5
The Tigers are not a good team, and that is mainly due to their pitching and the bats have for the most part answered the bell. Peralta takes the hill for the Tigers and outside of his last start, he had been lights out over his previous five outings, including a recent game where he threw seven solid allowing only four hits and no runs against Happ and these Twins. Happ has become a punching bag and a shell of his former self. His numbers are awful over the past two months. Happ has allowed three or more runs in eight of his last 10 starts, two of those were against these Tigers. His walk numbers are low, but so are his strike out numbers he is just getting clobbered in every outing. He has allowed a homerun in 10 straight starts and only has two starts all season where he has not allowed a homerun. With good success against Happ and good chances we see the Tigers hit at least one homerun over the first five take the Tigers with the half run insurance.
Not Royalty: Royals/White Sox under 9.5
Honestly, I’m shocked that this number is still this high. Maybe it is because last night’s game ended at eight runs, but different pitchers today and this number should be lower. Now, the Royals did get to Gio once this year, but there is a reason that you usually getting around an eight for a total in his games regardless who the opponent is. Royals pitching as a whole has improved down the stretch and the White Sox are not the same team on the road as they are at home. In fact, after last night’s come from behind win, they are only one game above .500 on the season. These teams have seen each other quite a bit and the under is 8-3. One of the overs was during a double header and the other was a really low total of 7.5. There is opportunity in this one to get in at the right time and cash, take the under 9.5.
Angels in the Outfield: Angels F5 -.5
We know better than to take the full game here with either one of these awful bullpens, so let’s look at the matchup for the starters. Heaney on the hill for the Angels and has been through the ringer lately as he has faced some of the league’s best teams over the past month and he has done a pretty solid job considering this the Rockies should be a welcomed challenge. Gonzalez goes for the Rockies and he has been awful inside and outside of Coors. He has let up 14 runs in his last three starts and two of those have been on the road. This Angels team hasn’t had a problem with their bats this season so expect Gonzalez to get tagged up pretty early here, take the Angels F5 -.5.