Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines in MLB

As a betting man…..you have to love game two of the double-header between the Giants and Cubs at Wrigley Field. Here’s why. In game one Ryan Vogelsong pitches against Rodrigo Lopez. Vogelsong has been the comeback player of the year in baseball so far. The right-hander owns the lowest era on the San Francisco staff and should possibly take a spot on the N.L. All-Star team, even over ace Tim Lincecum. So with that said you have to like San Francisco in game one…. But you can never love the Giants offense which is the second worst in the National League so you leave that game along. But should the Giants win game one…. The Cubs are the play in the nightcap. Barry Zito makes his first trip to the mound in two and a half months for San Francisco. Not only will the rust show, the pressure will be on and we all know how tough it is for teams to sweep double-headers in baseball.

I’ll stay with a hot-swinging Dodgers team that pounded out 24 hits and 15 runs in game one of their series at Minnesota. Although Ted “Tiger” Lilly is pitching for Los Angeles, this blue crew is streaky and that should mean more trouble for Twins starter Brian Duensing. Not to mention the Twinkies have won the least amount of home games in the American League with a 14-17 record.

My over play of the day…… is Chicago at Colorado. The number is 9/ -120 and both starters, Gavin Floyd for Chicago and Jason Hammel for the Rockies have earned run averages over four. Neither pitcher has a winning record. Now throw in the thin air of Coors Field…. and watch the scoreboard operator work up a sweat! That's the chowder, I'm Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

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