Baseball Betting - Yankees Bring Brooms to Motown
The New York Yankees look like they flew to Detroit on a broom rather then a jet and they may leave the wooden sweeper when they depart the motor city just before midnight tonight.
The pinstripers have sent an emphatic message to the upstart bengals, that they are the bullies of the American East. I have been propping the Tigers pitching but both the starters and relievers have been awful this week, being outscored 21-7.
While we are blasting the pitchers, the offense must have the finger pointed at them as seven runs in three games against the anemic Yankee pitching is embarrassing.
The Tigers hit five consecutive grounders to Miguel Cairo in the first and second innings to give him five assists and a putout on Detroit's first six batters.
Detroit's Nate Robertson (5-3) allowed six runs and 10 hits, walking two and striking out seven in 8 2-3 innings.
Certainly have to question Angel’s general manager Bill Stoneman’s decision to award pitcher Kelvim Escobar a whopping $28 million for three years. The guy is only three games over .500 (77-74) and is 19-19 in his career with the Angels.
Escobar gets a $1.5 million signing bonus, $8.5 million in 2007, $9 million in 2008 and $9.5 million in 2009.
The pitcher signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Angels on Nov. 24, 2003, after pitching five full seasons and parts of two others with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was 11-12 with a 3.93 ERA in 33 starts in 2004 and 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in seven starts and nine relief appearances last season.
I mean the entire 25 man roster of Florida is getting $14 million and that includes all star Dontrelle Willis, while Escobar is grabbing $9 million. Go figure?
Three major components of their team’s ultimate success were reported suffering from injuries on Wednesday. Jake Peavey the stud of the Padres starting staff, Vernon Wells the star center fielder of the Jays and Jim Edmonds the leader of the Cardinals outfielder.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are hot on the heels of the Colorado Rockies these days and several players are making major contributions. Defense has been a major player, as the Diamondbacks have turned a major league-leading 39 double plays and were tied with the Padres for the best fielding percentage (.989) in the National League.
Third baseman Chad Tracy has now homered in three straight games, hitting a solo shot (his sixth of the season) off Cubs starter Rich Hill in the third inning. The Diamondbacks record for hitting homers in consecutive games is four, which has been set six times, the last by Troy Glaus in 2005.
RHP Jose Valverde, whose eight saves were tied for third in the National League, had pitched in three consecutive games and manager Bob Melvin said in advance he had planned to give his closer the night off Thursday, regardless of the situation.
The Atlanta Braves are not putting the ball in play enough as in evidence by the 173 strikeouts their hitters have compiled. You know the hitters are struggling when pitcher John Thomson entered May with an ERA of 1.32 and did not have a single win to show for it.
The Cubs Carlos Zambrano was thought to be a CY Young candidate this year but he has been miserable and his record sits at 0-2. He has started 7 games and pitched 40 innings which is less then six per game. He does have 48 strikeouts during this span, but has walked an alarming 28 batters with a skyrocketing WHIP 1.60.
The Cubs have been swept by Arizona and San Diego on this nine-game road trip, and have lost seven in a row. Chicago has scored only 12 runs in its last 10 games.
The Mets visit Philadelphia and that means Billy Wagner will return to his former nest. After two seasons with the Phillies (17-14) in which he totaled 59 saves in 66 opportunities, Wagner bolted via free agency to the Mets (21-10), whose four-year, $43 million contract contained a no-trade clause throughout the life of the deal as opposed to Philadelphia's three-year, $30 million offer, which had a no-trade clause for the first two seasons.
Wagner, who has converted seven saves in 10 opportunities, hopes to get an opportunity to close for staff ace Pedro Martinez (5-0, 2.72 ERA). Martinez, who has never pitched at Citizens Bank Park, is 7-4 with a 2.85 ERA lifetime against the Phillies, including a 2-1 record while pitching for the Mets.
The right-hander, though, saw his first attempt for a sixth win in 2006 go by the wayside Wednesday, when Wagner allowed two ninth-inning runs before the Mets rallied for a 4-3, 12-inning victory.
The Phillies are enjoying their longest winning streak since a 13-game run from July 30-Aug. 12, 1991, and have won eight of their last 10 at home to even their record at Citizens Bank Park to 10-10.
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