Fernando Tatis Jr.

Degens Only: Wednesday Plays, May 12

Crushing news came for the Padres yesterday when superstar short stop Fernando Tatis tested positive for Covid-19. Two other players including starter Jackson Profar were also placed on the injured list due to health protocol reasons. This means that Tatis is out for a minimum of 10 days and must re test negative before he can return back to the team. From reports all players that returned a positive test were asymptomatic. One thing, were positive about are todays plays let’s jump into our top four. 

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Red Dead Redemption: Reds F5 -.5

It has been a painful few weeks for the Reds falling from grace being one of the hottest teams to start the season, to now being about as average as it gets can be tough on any team. In today’s matchup, we see the Reds sending out ace Sunny Gray and get Trevor Cahill who is having a terrible start to his season. Cahill got hit good when he faced the Reds in his first start of the season allowing seven runs and two homers. Since then, he has allowed five or more runs in two of his other four starts. These might not be the Reds that started the year, but a good opportunity is in front of them with the struggling Cahill. Take the Reds to bounce back especially after getting beat handedly by five runs yesterday. Take the Reds F5 -.5 

Duff Man: Royals -1.5

The Royals have been stuck in reverse for the past 10 games. They are 1-9 and have lost eight in a row. I am eyeing this spot for that to end. I have targeted Mize all season and it has paid off as he is still an awful 1-6 in his career.  It was this same Royals team that tagged him for six runs only a few weeks ago.  Since then he has pitched better. Only allowing one run to a Red Sox team that leads the majors in a lot of offensive categories. With all that said, Mize still has terrible control issuing four walks in the game against the sox and three in the two prior to that. Doing what they did the last time out and continuing to exploit Mize’s control issues should help get the Royals back in the win column. 

Big Bad Bombers: Yankees -1.5

Gerrit Cole has been his usual self this season and don’t look now, but this Yankees team has finally woken up and figured out how to play baseball and is looking dangerous. Winners of three in a row and eight of their last 10, the Yankees now find themselves in second place behind powerhouse Boston. The Yankees will face Collin McHugh, an opener for the Rays who is not having a good start to his season. The Yankees roughed up McHugh for four runs in their only meeting. McHugh will only be asked to go a few innings per usual, but he is going to need to be on the top of his game with Cole on the other side. If the Yankees can get to McHugh this one could be over very soon as Cole has not surrendered more than two earned runs in any of his starts this season. Take the Yankees -1.5.

Take Flight: Cardinals ML

It is too good of an opportunity to pass up here with the Cardinals sitting at plus money in this game. Woodruff deserves the respect to be the favorite in this matchup, but this Cardinal team has been getting it done in every aspect of the game lately. Both pitchers in this one have been keeping runs to a minimum, but the under is too low for my liking at seven. Woodruff has given up home runs in back to back games so far this month and that might be something the Cards can take advantage of seeing as their team is loaded with power. The Brewers are just starting to get over their slump. It’s too good for me to pass up, especially seeing over the last 10-15 games what this Cardinals team can do I’ll take them plus money all day. Take the Cards ML.  

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