Why can’t they keep winning? It should be so easy to answer. data+sgp Well, at least at the beginning of the season. You see, aside from the fact that the Gaylord and Snyder eating each other up like Obama and bacon, there are also two other teams in the division that have been very strong: thesburgh Pirates (10-4) and the St. Louis Cardinals (11-5).
The Pirates may be stuck in a rut, but they are starting to turn things around. They recently got some key bullpen help in setup specialist Adam Cotillo, who has a 2.15 ERA and leads the team in saves with eight. Cotillo’s counterpart in the south team is Josh Johnson, who is pitching next to Cotillo and is 2-1 with a .750 mark. Not only are the Pirates offense suddenly competitive, they are pitching better as well, going 3-2 in their last five games.
The Cardinals are struggling so much that even the thought of playing them three straight games is scary. This team was picked to finish near the bottom of the NL’s NL Central, and has instead done quite well. St. Louis is 11-5 in the second half of the season the past six years, and is the only team thus far to have a winning record and a record as high as its division average.
Speaking of the bottom teams, the Detroit Tigers (10-6) dropped the last three games with the Minnesota Twins, getting shutout in the process. data sgp 2022 live I know the history of the Tigers in Detroit is not very good, but this is a team that has found some goodness in the last month. Personally, I think the run-line and total bets will fall dramatically once Detroit is out of the hunt.
Another team getting points is theNew York Mets (8-7). Last year the Mets fell to 6th place in the NL East by means of not winning the division. This year, the Mets are back in first place in the East, and everyday they appear to be a step closer to the elusive World Series.
The Cubs are 11-5 in the last 21 games in which they have met the Braves. With the recent addition of IRC’s Adam Warren and Dontrelle Willis, the Cubs are a strong play in the second half of the season. That being said, the current series is the longest active one in MLB. The Braves have won the last four in the series.
Speaking of the Braves, the team that hasn’t won a series in over a month is the Marlins. That lone win against the Diamondbacks on June 30 left them with a season- deepest slump since their 22-28 mark for the 2003 AL East leading up to the playoffs. Miami is 16-27 in its last 52 games, including a 1-15 mark since the break. The wild card is the Orioles, who have lost 12 of their last 13.
There’s a big game coming up between the White Sox and Red Sox tonight in Chicago. It’s early but it’s an important one as both teams are in the thick of a National League Central race. It could go both ways as it did last night, as the AL lead has changed hands three times in the last week alone.
Before I go, I did a bit of boxscoring shrewdness, going 0-2 with a 6.5-game lead over my MLB VIP membership, and I also picked up a free Underdog of 15 to 1 on the Dodgers. Stay tuned, I’ve got a big hand coming soon!
Three sits and goes on Cash, SB and BB. Good luck, as always…Al McMordie.