Tuesday in the Major League sees the start of another massive American League East matchup, the continuing battle for the National League Central, and the Angels look to take one back against the Tigers. In the interest of pissing off my friends by picking against their favorite teams, let’s take a look once again at the odds, care of Bovada.
After taking 3 of 4 from the Yankees, the Red Sox (-1.5 +135 RL, -141 ML) continue to fight for a playoff spot against the Tampa Bay Rays (+1.5 -155 RL, +121 ML). While the Red Sox won their last series against the Rays, they lost their only game of the series when David Price (7-4 3.66) took the mound opposite Charlie Morton (12-3, 2.60 ERA). Despite the previous outcome, the Red Sox have been hitting better, so I’ll take the Red Sox in a close one, with the under (O/U 9.5).
The age old battle between the Cubs (-1.5 +135 RL, +-120 ML) and Cardinals (+1.5 -155 RL, EVEN ML) resumes once again in St. Louis. Adam Wainwright (7-7, 4.63 ERA) is hoping for a smooth start against Yu Darvish (3-4, 4.54 ERA), who’s been stellar since the All Star break. With both teams tied for first in the division, I expect a hard fought, close game that, following their trend, will have the Cardinals covering the money line at home, with the under (O/U 9.0).
Finally in the late game, the Angels (+1.5 -135 RL, -260 ML) host the Tigers (+1.5 +115 RL, +220 ML). The Tigers embarrassed LA in the first game of the series, handing Jordan Zimmermann his first win of the season. Griff Canning (3-6, 5.15 ERA) hopes to avenge that loss against Drew VerHagen (1-1, 14.40 ERA), and neither of the rookies necessarily look like solid bets. The surest bet here is the over (O/U 10.0), but if you twist my arm, I’d say bet on Detroit to pick up a win and the runline. Otherwise, they’re running out of time before they can claim a respectable season.
Tonin’s record this season: 17-9