August 29th, 2014

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros

The Rangers look to bet yet another thorn for Houston

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros
7:10 PM ET, August 30, 2014
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

This is the series that Texas has been waiting for, a four game series that really won’t present too much difficulty given the Astros current roster issues. The Rangers will have their own setbacks for this series given that they seem to have problems of their own at the plate but they have play makers that should make the difference in a game like this one. Houston on the other hand has had problems surrounding them for the last few seasons, they just cannot seem to attract the type of game changing player that other ball clubs can and that has really set them back overall.

The Rangers have not really played well, they find themselves in need of runs late in games to make it over the hump and the road has not been kind to them this season. Miles Mikolas is the pitcher selected for this game and he will look to improve on his 6.44 ERA as he looks for his third win this year. This team looks to me like they lost their identity, they need to push themselves and I think this might just be the series they find it.

Houston is a lost cause, they have no hitters, no outfield and they seem to generally not like each other in the ball club. This team needs a veteran leader to really come in and make the changes needed to get them back on track to the desire to win and not just to collect a pay check. Scott Feldman is taking the mount in this one with an ERA of 4.34 and a record of 7-10 he can only get better with more game time

This is how I see it going:

The Rangers have something on the Astros and they know how to play them, it just seems that they match up well against this team whether it’s on the road or at home, this series will tell Rangers fans just how well their team is playing, if they can walk into Houston and take the series, they will really know that they are on the right path. My opinion is to take the Rangers, they have something to prove to the world this season and I see them really pulling out all the stops in this one.



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August 29th, 2014

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Have the Red Sox really given up this season?

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays
7:10 PM ET, August 30, 2014
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Coverage: SUN

After coming off strong performances from last season both these teams find themselves below .500 more than half way through this year and really do not have a lot of time to turn things around and make a push for the postseason. Tampa is three games away from an even mark but they seem to be almost trading off wins and losses without any type of consistency. 1the Red sox have lost their way completely after trading some of their key players away during the offseason.

Boston is at the bottom of the barrel trying to stay afloat but at 58 and 75 their chances are really not looking good. Allen Webster will be pitching in this game for the Red Sox; he has an ERA of 5.81 and an overall record of 3-2. The issue I see in this game for Boston will be controlling the infield in the later innings, they seem to fall apart after the 6th and other teams have really capitalized on their lack of experience at second, either way I see this team just trying to make it through the season.

This series is an important one to Tampa, they know they cannot allow the Baltimore to get too far ahead as Toronto is the only team in worst shape than they are. Jake Odorizzi will open this series on the mount with an ERA of 4.23 and a record of 9-11. Tampa seems to play much better at home so I expect them to really push these games with the later pitches, trying to wear the pitchers down looking for more balls than normal.

What I see Happening:

This is not that difficult to handicap based on the Red Sox current playing style, survival mode has already kicked in and they are not looking to surprise anyone. I see the Rays really hunting for a win at home in this game, the public seems to lean more towards the total runs scored at 6 over -115 and I will have to agree with them. The pitchers are not at their peak and will give a few runs early in this one.



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August 29th, 2014

Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox

Detroit still has a few things to prove

Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox
1:10 PM ET, August 30, 2014
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois

The Tigers have done everything they can from a managerial point of view to get this team over that hump and into the big game but this season their pitching really has not had the consistencies of past years and other strong teams are taking advantage of that. The White Sox are not one of those top teams but they have always made things more complicated than usual for Detroit so this will not be a game based on records.

The Tigers come into this game, 11 games over .500 and still looking strong as they push forward through the remaining games till the post season comes along. Max Scherzer will take the opening pitch in this game as he is the top guy for this ball club this season. He has an ERA of 3.13 with a 15-4 record, making him the top pitcher in the MLB right now. I expect him to change things up quickly out there and keep the White Sox guessing, I actually don’t see much of a danger for Max in this game.

Chicago knows that they have the ability to get under the Tigers skin; they seem to use it in games where they know they have no chance to get them off their game for the following night. I expect to see them revert to this tactic early this time as they need a win like this to really push their guys. Chris Sale will pitch for the White Sox in this one given that he is there best as well as being in the top 5 of the league this season. His ERA stands at 2.03 with a 10-3 record.

This is what I see happening:

The white Sox will get an early one run advantage then I expect the Tigers to push the envelope and show their fans what they have the ability to do. You will see them take advantages of holes and off counts to crush the White Sox, look for this game to end around the 8-1 or 11-2 mark. Tigers are taking this game with their pitch count management.



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August 29th, 2014

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Can the Cubs pull of a miracle win?

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
2:15 PM ET, August 30, 2014
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

This is the just like the story of David vs. Goliath only in this one we have no idea if the little one will come out on top. The Cubs are coming into this game with not only one of the worst records in baseball but the worst road record as well, they are going up against the world series winning favorite Cardinals who are 10 games above .500 with a home record of 39-26, so calling them a power house at home would be just fine.

The Cubs will need all the magic beans they can find for this one as they will need to really control things at the plate, for that they will be sending out rookie pitcher Felix Doubront, this will be his first game in the MLB so he will have to show what he can do in a difficult game. Chicago must rally behind this kid and really keep his confidence high because the Cardinals are going to look to destroy it early to take advantage of every pitch.

St. Louis knows that this is a series they will take home, the real question is will they give a game up to Chicago, even if they do I highly doubt it will be this one against a rookie pitcher. The Experienced Justin Masterson will be given the duties in this one to see if he can help improve his current 7.43 ERA and 2-2 record.

I see this game going down like this:

I see it being a close game for the first three innings as the kid will play with confidence, then I see the Cardinals really making the choice to get the runs in and blowing this game outta the water, by the 7th inning the game should already be decided with a win for St. Louis.

 



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August 29th, 2014

New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Big game for both teams in this over the boarder game

New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays
1:07 PM ET, August 30, 2014
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

This game in my opinion will be the game of the day, both of these teams are head and head in their division and a win or a loss really could shack things up for either one of them. Both seem to have found their rhythm recently and I have to admit that I like the way Toronto has been playing their infield, I see them faster and more determined than ever. The Yankees improved their pitching but it remains to see if they have the speed left to make an impact with these younger teams.

The Yanks have had a decent road record this season, better than their last three season so far, I like the way they seem to really apply the pressure with their ability to control the pitch count and connect with the ball to place it in great areas around the parks but as I said their speed and age will be the biggest if for this team. Michael Pineda will take the mount in this one with a 1.95 ERA and a record of 3-2.

This is the series that the Blue Jays have to win, there is no excuse for the way they started the year and I agree that the Manager should be removed after this season but now is now and they need to pull together and get a win over their division rivals. Toronto has to be more aggressive at the plate; Drew Hutchison will be opening for the Canadian team in this one with an ERA of 4.68 and an 8-11 record.

This is how I see it:

With the Jays favored for the series and this game at -170, I actually like the dog, they have been hitting consistently. I see the Jays really getting caught up at being home and the Yankees will look to come in under the radar to steal this one from under their nose with batting and out fielding, taking away the short one bouncer for a base hit.

 

 



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April 9th, 2014

Avalanche vs. Sharks

The Sharks make their last jump at the playoffs…

Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks
10:00 PM ET, April 11, 2014
SAP Center, San Jose, California
Coverage: NBCSN

This will be a great game, both of these teams are evenly matched as the Sharks are looking to better their post season position and the Avalanche are looking to work out the final details in their line ups for the playoffs. Both of them are aggressive and play their lines very well… I have seen great puck protection from both sides and I think the opening goal in this one will have to come off an error or a hat trick. Read the rest of this entry »



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April 9th, 2014

Trail Blazers vs. Jazz

Portland has room to move in this game…

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz
9:00 PM ET, April 11, 2014
Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Coverage: ROOT

The Blazers still have some room to move around before the post season as they have hit 50 wins this season, their best season in the last 4 years. They know that the Jazz won’t really put up much of a fight but what is important at this point is that the Trail Blazers get on the same page with their bench and their rotations. The Jazz come into this game trying to defend a home floor that has just seen too much, this team is 16 and 23 at home this season. Read the rest of this entry »



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April 9th, 2014

Suns vs. Spurs

Must win for this Phoenix team…

Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs
8:30 PM ET, April 11, 2014
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Coverage: KENS

The Suns have to be somewhat happy at the fact that they have this game scheduled now instead of a month ago when the Spurs were on their winning spree… At this point San Antonio will be taking things much less seriously because of their need to heel for the playoffs, this is one of the oldest teams in the League this year and they know they still have a losing road ahead of them. The Suns are almost there, these next 10 days will be a constant fight having to win as many as possible while hoping some other teams in the west takes a fall. Read the rest of this entry »



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April 9th, 2014

76ers vs. Grizzlies

Just a few more days of agony left…

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
8:00 PM ET, April 11, 2014
FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
Coverage: TSOH

We all know what type of season it’s been for the Philadelphia 76ers and their fan base this season, it almost seemed unfair at times but it’s almost over, they can soon relax and look forward to new things to come as I am sure this team will make a splash in the offseason like no other. Memphis unfortunately for Philly is still in the hunt and they need this win bad as they approve their final chance… Read the rest of this entry »



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April 9th, 2014

Pistons vs. Bulls

Difficult season for the Pistons

Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls
8:00 PM ET, April 11, 2014
United Center, Chicago, IL
Coverage: WGNS

It has been anything but an easy season for the Pistons, they seem to keep losing players and the ones they acquire seem to not live up the hype. This teams was once one of the greats, the most bad ass group of guys in the NBA, other teams were scared of playing the bad boy Pistons. Now they are out of the playoffs again and back to the drawing board to see where they can pick up the veteran leadership they need to run this team right. Read the rest of this entry »



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