I said yesterday that I didnt think the Toronto Blue Jays should be favored against anybody at this time on the street. Therefore, once I watched them as street favorites from the Seattle Mariners, that debut Justus Sheffield, their pitching prospect, I jumped all over Seattle. Throw in the fact that Toronto had lost five consecutive matches, and the Mariners had won the last three series, and it felt as a great worth place.
The game itself was an exciting back and forth affair that saw Toronto rough up Sheffield and jump out to an early lead. The M revealed a lot of soul and battled back into the game and looked after the competition. In the long run, Seattle came away with the 7-4 victory, and we picked up another underdog winner.
After a slow beginning to August we have caught fire recently as last night we picked up our winner in our ten bets. And this has not been a case each evening, of laying a bunch of backing and wood favorites. Of those eight stakes, six of them have come as either money or about underdogs. Well look to stay hot tonight since we visit San Diego, where the Padres host the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox are in San Diego Saturday for game two of a three-game placed from the Padres. Even the Red Sox dominated game one night, picking up the success that was 11-0. The Padres closed down all night as he tossed seven shutout innings. And J.D. Martinez provided the firepower because he exploded for a three-hit night, two of that left the playground, and seven RBI.
Even the Red Sox are urgently attempting to stay in the search for the wild card in the American League and trail the Oakland Athletics and the Cleveland Indians for the last playoff spot in the championship game by six and a half games. The defending World Series champs have won six out of the last eight games and must find a means to get a win tonight against an underachieving Padres team.
For San Diego, the Padres have dropped three straight games and seven out of their last eleven. This team is trying to get a way to live without rookie sensation Fernando Tatis Jr, whos hurt and is likely to miss the rest of the season. The Padres have been disappointing this season, but they would love to play with spoiler tonight at home.
Beginning for the Red Sox is Nathan Eovaldi (1-0 6.69 ERA), and for the Padres it is Dinelson Lamet (2-2 3.95 ERA). The match total over-under is placed in eight and a half runs. The Red Sox are all -119 street favorites. First pitch is scheduled to get 5:40 PM PST in PETCO Park in San Diego.
What a difference a year makes for Nathan Eovaldi. Last season, he had been the hero of the Red Sox championship run. This year he has battled injuries and inconsistency all season long. After starting the season in the starting rotation, he published results that were weak before getting hurt and lost months of action.
Boston attracted back him in July to be a relief man in the bullpen, and he really struggled to stay constant. With Chris Sale heading down to the remainder of the year, Eovaldi is being requested to rejoin the starting rotation, and Boston needs him to be a hero and help continue this team to the postseason.
It will be intriguing to understand Eovaldi pitches tonight against a Padres team that is actually struggling to score runs. The Padres are currently averaging only over three runs on the game because Tatis got hurt.
Dinelson Lamet is beginning to earn a name for himself this year for San Diego. The guy out of the Dominican Republic has shown some flashes of becoming good. He tossed a stone from the Seattle Mariners at which he ended up pitching seven innings and allowing no runs.
However, the flashes of success have been only that since he has not been able to remain consistent to be trusted. His ERA was more than five runs in five July starts, however hes been much better here in August as his ERA is merely 2.50 in three different looks. The large issue for Lamet is he just doesnt get heavy into games, as hes pitched five innings or fewer. And that he will surely have his hands full tonight against a Boston group thats next in the majors and on-base percent, and in batting average.
I think he is in for a rude awakening tonight contrary to this hard-hitting Boston squad while Ive been impressed by what Dinelson Lamet has performed in his last few starts. Shutting down the Seattle Mariners does not prove that it is possible to handle a lineup such as the one tonight will be used by Boston.
While I really dont believe Lamet will be as poor as Chris Paddack was for San Diego, Paddack got blasted for six runs in two and a third innings of work, I do think he could give up runs. Nathan Eovaldi is a card thats really not easy to forecast, but something tells me he sees a way to shut this down Padres team that cant score runs at the moment.
Ive been preaching all season that lots of causal bettors place emphasis about a games beginning pitching matchup. As well as Lamet pitching I can see a case being made which Lamet is the better side of this pitching matchup with all around the area Eovaldi has been this year. But one case that can not be denied is the fact that the Red Sox are the overall team that is far superior.
This season, boston has long experienced their fair share of ups and downs, but they still have ten more wins than the Padres. And to be honest, this team has their roster from last years World Championship team nearly all, and that I think that they find a means to back door to the playoffs until it is all done and said.
And to accomplish this, they are going to have find a way to beat teams such as the Padres tonight. And that is just exactly what I think will happen. I prefer to wager underdogs since I really like the bigger payouts, if the purchase price is perfect, but in a place similar to this one I dont mind laying just a small wood. Give that the Boston Red Sox tonight in game two out of San Diego, setting -119 to me!