Our under play for 14 outta 15 detonated late, last week in Cincinnati. I enjoyed followed along from the 7:05 AST first pitch, before my Internet went dark and six runs scurried past me in the last two innings. I’ve taken a little vacation in the time since.
Now it’s time to regroup. Finding spots has been tougher (which is also why this is our first play in a week), but I do have the Red Sox circled for their upcoming series with the Yankees. The tentative plan is to back the Sox in each of those four games and make some money while Boston buries New York. Those four plays, plus the current write-up would make nine and leave room for a little action before we get ready to bet the second season. Before that, a rare dog Wednesday night.
It’s been the Mets, and not the Pirates, who have seized their opportunity in September to make the NL’s wild card a race. The end of the Pirates has been rather merciless when a frustrating sweep to the Cubs turned into something that was just plain ugly in Milwaukee. When a sweep to the Crew and two straight losses to the Cardinals ran the losing streak to eight, Pittsburgh got a win that felt more like a sense of moral relief than triumph. The Peg Legs will get to the finish line, not without significant struggle. They’ve chalked up four more consecutive losses (they are playing on Tuesday night as I write) but are still easy road favorites on Wednesday night in Philly.
The Phillies won’t lose 100 games. They might not even lose 90. It’s the end of the year and the Fightin’s are playing inspired baseball. They get the chance to knock a lefty around Citizen’s Bank Park and Jake Thompson has looked really quite good his last three times out. Let’s get funky for half a unit.
Gut Says: Phils +110
YTD: 32-23-1 +4.33
2015: 31-25-5 +1.09
2014: 45-28-3 +9.02
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