Between The Lines by Kevin Stott | The number of games on the Major League Baseball schedule is dwindling as are the opportunities to make money betting against bad teams as once the playoffs start as theoretically there will only be good teams left.
Some good news from the diamond as The Man with the Golden Voice, Vin Scully, has signed on to do another season in the TV booth for the Dodgers. They don’t and won’t make ‘em like Scully and we should cherish every single game we get to hear this living legend do his thing. Have you ever heard Vin Scully screaming? Me neither.
Let’s get to the schedule before the sport of football completely swallows us up here…
Starts Monday, Sept. 8
Pirates at Astros (Mon-Thu): Four more chances to bet against the Pirates, a team so bad we’ll miss them in a month. Houston was 9-1 in its last 10 headed into Sunday while Pittsburgh was just 3-7 and sported a dismal 26-44 record away from the Steel City. Don’t tell the Astros that at 11 games out of first in the NL Central, they’re out of it as they are playing like gangbusters and as if they really believe they have an outside shot at a Wild Card spot. Use their streakiness to improve your cashflow in all four of these babies. ASTROS.
Reds at Brewers (Mon-Wed): Cincinnati is as lame as Pittsburgh away from home (26-43) and Milwaukee (43-28) is awfully tough at Miller Park so expect the BrewCrew to awake from their recent hangover and beat a team it has to beat to both stay on the Cubs’ heels and in the Wild Card race. And with Sabathia, Bush, Parra and Sheets as starters, Milwaukee has a big edge in starting pitching as Volquez and Cueto have seemingly come back down to Earth. BREWERS.
Dodgers at Padres (Mon-Wed): Greg Maddux faces his old teammates in tonight’s opener and his Dodgers have been tearing it up lately, winning seven straight into Sunday and taking over first place in the NL West Saturday night. Let’s bleed some Dodger blue in what will be a tougher series than looks on paper. DODGERS.
Tampa at Red Sox (Mon-Wed): The Red Sox have been perfect this year in Fenway Park against division-leading Tampa, going 6-0 and outscoring the former Devil Rays 45-16 in the process. And after Sunday’s shutout loss to the suddenly red-hot Bluejays, Tampa has now lost four of five games.
Boston is simply nasty at home, as its 48-19 record reveals. And with the possibility of first place on the horizon, expect the Beantown natives to be restless and expecting a sweep of their newfound rivals in this quaint that seems to always be a big advantage for the homeboys. RED SOX -215.
BONUS: LANDLINES over Cell Phones, GOOD N’ PLENTY over Good N’ Fruity, POT HOLES over Speed Bumps, CURLIN over Big Brown, COLLEGE FOOTBALL over NFL, INXS over Foreigner.
Starts Friday, Sept. 12
Nationals at Marlins (Fri-Sun): Although the Fightin’ Fish have been pretty apathetic as of late, Washington (55-88) still boast the worst record in MLB and are a weak 24-28 on the road. Let’s continue to bet against the Nats as long as we can. MARLINS.
Royals at Indians (Fri-Sun): Cleveland always plays good against KC, as was evident in last week’s series in Cowtown. Let’s back them again in all three games here. INDIANS.
Tigers at White Sox (Fri-Sun): Chicago was dealt a big blow last week when Carlos Quentin – an AL MVP candidate – unveiled he will have to undergo wrist surgery. With Minny nipping at their heels, expect the Pale Hose to take care of business in the new Comiskey against a Tigers team many tabbed to win it all before the season started. WHITE SOX.
Mariners at Angels (Fri-Sun): The lines may be higher than the temperature on Venus but the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are loaded and Seattle is still easily the worst team in the Senior Circuit. You may want to avoid King Felix’s start but bet against the M’s in the other two games in this series. ANGELS.
BONUS: NEWSPAPERS over The Internet, PURPLE over Blue, TENNIS over Golf, WATER over Oil, CHEVROLETS over Fords, THIS NEVER-ENDING POLITICAL SEASON ENDING over This Never-Ending Political Season Continuing.