When things are going well, sometimes you only need one to win. Such was the case for us (and those white hot Royals) last night. KC only managed one run against a revived Andrew Cashner, but our guy Yordano Ventura picked up the slack and tossed six scoreless before the Royals’ bullpen came in to seal it. A fifth win this month with only one loss to boot sure feels good. Three more plays coming in August and we’re not wasting any time.
Along with the Royals and Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers are third team playing real good baseball in American League at the moment. Like I mentioned a couple games back when we successfully backed the Tigs against Boston, Miggy Cabrera is back and the middle of that Tigers’ lineup looks formidable again with Victor Martinez swinging it well of late. Minnesota starter Tyler Duffey has had a rough go of it in his second season. He did pitch well against Detroit way, way back in late April, but Duffey’s ERA has been over 5.00 since the start of the summer and is approaching 6.00 here at the end. He was the last pitcher to beat the Royals, however, with seven real good innings two starts ago, but KC got a second chance and beat him up in his last outing. If the Tigers can’t win this one, I believe it’s going over the 9.5.
But let’s remain faithful to Matt Boyd. The promising lefty looked sharp the last time out, pitching both us and his team to a win over the Red Sox – a statement these days. Boyd has allowed nine earned runs combined over his last eight starts, including six innings of three-hit ball in a 1-0 over Minnesota back in mid-July. The Twins have really struggled and the Tigers look nice and shiny as a road pick’em here.
We’re feeling good so I’ll even mention a couple leans: the over in Pittsburgh and the under in ‘Zona. Good luck with this one, though. Tigers for half a unit.
Gut Says: Detroit -110
YTD: 26-22-1 +1.90
2015: 31-25-5 +1.09
2014: 45-28-3 +9.02