For those betting baseball, the Minnesota Twins are the worst bet in the game at -22.3 units. They have the poorest record in the AL at 20-46 and their season is over with 3 1/2 months left.
However, each new game does present opportunity and while the odds are stacked against manager Paul Molitor’s club, they still could win with clutch hitting and strong pitching performance.
My 11-game MLB winning streak was snapped here at SportsbookReview.com yesterday when Tampa Bay could not get key hit, but you knew it could not go on forever and will seek to start another, now at 22-11 for the season on MLB picks.
We have all heard getting more sleep is good for health and extra rest has definitely benefited Masahiro Tanaka (3-2, 3.08 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) this season. When Tanaka has thrown on regular rotation of four days’ rest, he is 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA in six starts. When the right-hander is working on five or more days between starts, he is 2-0 with a sharp 1.74 ERA in his other seven outings. Tanaka tosses a nasty slider and has a split-finger pitch that dives out of batter’s view. His low 90′s fastball will straighten out and when he cannot throw the other pitches for strikes, opposing hitters sit on his heater.
Pat Dean (1-2, 4.17, 1.42) might be a rookie, but he’s hardly young by baseball standards at 27. The left-hander does not have over-powering stuff, as evidenced by his 28 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings and surrendering 40 base-knocks. The one hope for Dean is the Yankees woes against lefties, which is next topic of discussion.
Manager Joe Girardi has talked about the Yankees injuries affecting offense, but the truth of the matter is age is to blame. When players get older, production diminishes, they are hurt more often and others have to fill in. For New York, only Starlin Castro and and Didi Gregorius are in their 20′s among the regular starters. With players in and out of the lineup, the Yankees are at mere 4.0 runs per game. Send this crew on the road and it falls to 3.5 RPG. And against pitchers who throw left-handed like Dean, they are at 3.6 RPG.