The Tigers have lost four in a row and they are in 4th place in the AL Central 5.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians. They have been outscored 23-9 in their four-game skid. Miguel Cabrera had been on a tear and is batting .300 in June, but is 0 for his last 10. After losing three in a row the Mariners have gotten back on track and have won three straight. They can get to .500 with a win in this game and they are in 3rd place in the AL West 12.5 games back of the Houston Astros. Seattle’s pitching has been solid in the three-game win streak giving up a total of nine runs. Ben Gamel is swinging a red-hot bat, as he is riding a 12-game hitting streak and in that span is hitting a scorching .460. Verlander has been decent in the last few outings, but the Tigers are 0-4 in his last four road starts. That trend will continue even though Paxton is coming off his worst start of the season. He has not been great as of late, but he will have a solid outing tonight and get some support from the Mariners lineup. Seattle will win their 4th in a row, hand the Tigers their 5th straight loss, and go for the sweep in this series tomorrow.
The Blue Jays had won two in a row including winning the first game of this series before losing to the Rangers yesterday. They are in the basement of the AL East 5.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox. Toronto had scored seven runs in each of their two wins before only crossing the plate once yesterday. Kevin Pillar is 0 for 10 in this series and 3 for 32 in his last seven games while Kendrys Morales is riding a six-game hitting streak where he has eight RBI and is 10 for 26. The Rangers had lost two straight giving up 14 runs before taking the 2nd game of this series. They got to .500 in yesterday’s win and they are tied for 2nd place in the AL West with the L.A. Angels 12 games back of the Houston Astros. Biagini had his worst start of the season in his last outing and while he will not be as bad tonight the Rangers will get him for a few runs. Ross had a no hitter entering the 5th inning of his last start before getting yanked after giving up a couple of runs. He will have another good outing tonight and lead the Rangers to another win.
The Argonauts will once again turn the keys to the offense over to Ricky Ray for as long as he can stay healthy this season. The receiving corps are a bit depleted with the loss of both Kenny Shaw and Diontae Spencer and there are still some big question marks with a defense that allowed a league-high 568 points last season. Lay the points on the road team in this one with Hamilton covering the 3.5 points.
BC finished second to Calgary in the West last season and it will rely heavily on Jonathon Jennings to close that gap in 2017. He was the league’s third-leading passer with 5,226 yards, but there was some concern with his league-high 15 interceptions. The Lions were the third-highest scoring team in the CFL last year behind Calgary and Edmonton and I think that both of these division rivals are going to fire things up on Saturday night to take this game OVER the 58-point total.
Ottawa parted ways with Ernest Jackson and Chris Williams as a big chunk of an offense that averaged 27 points per game in 2016. Trevor Harris takes over the reins at quarterback on a fulltime basis with the retirement of Henry Burris and he will have to quickly get up to speed with new receivers Diontae Spencer and Kenny Shaw. It could take a few games for things to gel so I am going with Calgary to successfully avenge that Grey Cup loss both SU and ATS.
Montreal will turn to another veteran quarterback in Darian Durant to try and reverse its fortunes from a 7-11 record in 2016 that once again ended any hopes of a return to the playoffs following a two-year hiatus. The Allouettes have some legitimate weapons in newcomer Ernest Jackson and last season’s leading pass catcher Nik Lewis. Montreal still has the edge on defense in this matchup and I am leaning towards it covering the six points at home to get the new CFL season under way.
The Indians are red hot and they are riding a six-game win streak where they have totaled 52 runs. With a recent four-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins the Indians have overtaken them for the season in the AL Central and lead them by 2.5 games. Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez has seven straight multi-hit games where he is 19 for 33. The Orioles have been struggling for a few weeks, but they had won two in a row before losing the first game of this series. They gave up 12 runs in the series opener and it is the 5th time in their last 10 games where they have given up double-digits in runs. Tomlin has not been pitching well, but Tillman has really struggled in his last few starts. Don’t look for a pitching duel in this game. The Indians will get the W, as their lineup will remain hot and they will light up Tillman in this game and notch their 7th straight win.
Things just keep getting worse for the San Francisco Giants and with their 7th straight loss in Game 1 of this series they are now 20 games under .500. They have been outscored 56-26 in their seven-game skid and they have the 2nd fewest wins in the Majors. In nine of their last 20 games, where they have 15 losses, they have scored two or fewer runs. The Braves have won three in a row and four of their last five games and they are in 2nd place in the NL East 9.5 games back of the Washington Nationals. In their four wins in their last five games Atlanta has totaled 35 runs. Since the Braves traded for Matt Adams because of the injury to Freddie Freeman he has been on fire and he has 10 HR in 28 games with Atlanta. Moore was shelled in his last outing and he has really struggled on the road this season, which is not good facing a suddenly potent Braves lineup. He will struggle again and ad that to Teheran having another strong home effort the Braves will take this game and win their 4th in a row sending the woeful Giants to their 8th straight loss.
The Nationals had their three-game win streak snapped in their last game and they are in first place in the NL East with a 10.5 game lead over the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. Washington has totaled 22 runs in winning three in a row before only scoring one run in their last game. The Nationals have won 12 of their last 15 road games and Bryce Harper is riding an 11-game hitting streak. After winning three in a row the Marlins have lost their last two games and they are 11 games back of the Nats in the NL East. They are back at home after loosing two of three games to the Braves in their last series and they have won their last five home games. Tyler Moore is swinging a hot bat and he has five HR in his last 12 games. Raork was lit up in his last start and I look for him to struggle again. On the other side of the coin Nicolino will have a good outing in his first of the month and lead the Marlins to the win.
The Pirates have lost three of their last four games and they are in 4th place in the NL Central six games back of the Brewers. They have had issues all season at the plate only ranking 26th in the Majors in runs scored and in their last four games they have only scored 11 runs. The Brewers have won five of their last six games and they are 2.5 games up on the 2nd place Chicago Cubs in the division. Cole is coming off a great start after really struggling in four straight outings. Facing the solid Brewers lineup he will not have the success that he had facing them in Pittsburgh earlier this season where he held them to one run. Garza has not been pitching well lately giving up 15 earned runs in his last four starts. He will be decent tonight, but the reason the Brewers will get the win is their bats. They will tag Cole up at home and win their 6th game in their last seven and hand the Pirates their 4th loss in five games.
This is the runner game in this series, as these teams have split the first two games. The Red Sox have lost two of their last three games after winning three in a row while the Astros have won two of their last three games after losing three straight. The Red Sox are in 2nd place in the AL East only one game back of the New York Yankees, who have lost five in a row. Houston has the best record in the Majors and they are first place in the AL West 11 games up on the Texas Rangers. Boston has only scored three runs in their last three games. Price has been up and down this season and three of his four starts have been on the road. He will have a good outing tonight and the Boston lineup will break out of their slump and get to Musgrove early and often. The Red Sox will win this game, win the series, and Houston will lose their 4th game in their last six.
The Rays had lost the first two games of this series and three straight overall before winning Game 3 yesterday. They are in 3rd place in the AL East 4.5 games back of the New York Yankees. Tampa Bay had given up 25 runs in losing three in a row before only giving up two runs in the win yesterday. The Tigers won the first two games of this series, but they have been slumping lately with only three wins in their last nine games. Detroit is in 3rd place in the AL Central 3.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians. Their lineup put up 18 runs in the first two games of this series before only scoring two in the game 3 loss. Jacob Faria has been great in the first two starts of his career and I look for that to continue. He will tame the Detroit bats and Farmer will have another tough outing. Add those things up and you get a Rays win and they will salvage a split in this series.
The two teams have met just twice in the past, with the visitors having won both matches, a 3-1 Seattle win in New York, before a 2-0 NYCFC win in Seattle. Most of NYCFC's matches at home turn out to be goal-fests, while the Sounders still have some defensive problems on the road. This could be an upset, as the Sounders are coming into this match fully rested, while the NYCFC starters also played two days ago in the US Open Cup. I would rather go with the Over 2.75 Goals here, as suggested by each team's recent performances.
Atlanta have been firing in all cylinders in their maiden season in the MLS, but their defense has been pretty bad. There have been a lot of goals in most of their matches so far, and they have been quite good at home lately. They are coming off a strong result mid-week, while Columbus will be disappointed from their loss to a USL side. I like the home win on this one.
New Zealand have a couple of talented players up front, but the Russians will want to start with a statement win. Besides the Over 2.5 Goals, I will bet on the 3-4 correct score at massive odds in all the matches of the first round, as this score has showed up in each of the last 3 editions of the competition.
The Red Sox had their three-game win streak snapped in their last game, but with the Yankees losing three in a row they are only two games back of the AL East leaders. Boston had totaled 17 runs in the three-game win streak before being shut out in their last game. After winning 10 in a row the Astros have lost six of their last nine games, but exploded for 13 runs in winning their last game, which snapped their three-game losing streak. They still have the best record in the Majors and the biggest division lead 11.5 games up on the L.A. Angels in the AL West. Houston has had to deal with injuries to three starters, as Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, and Charlie Morton are all on the 10-day DL. However, they have Fiers on the hill, who has stayed healthy this season and is coming off his best start of the season. He will have another solid start while the Astros will get to Pomeranz,who is coming off a subpar outing. The Astros will take the first game of this series and send the Red Sox to their 2nd straight loss.
The Cardinals have lost three in a row where their lineup was not bad, but their pitching was giving up a total of 21 runs. They are in 3rd place in the NL Central 4.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers, who they lost their last three games to. The Orioles are back at home after an eight-game road trip where they only went 1-7. They are in 4th place in the AL East 6.5 games back of the New York Yankees. After a solid 22-10 starts the Orioles are 10-23. Baltimore has been great at home (21-10) on the season, but terrible on the road (21-10). Martinez is coming off his beat start of the season, but he and the St. Louis lineup has not gotten it done in losing his last two road starts. Gausman was shelled in his last outing and in an interesting trend the Orioles have lost 11 of his last 12 Friday starts and that is a trend that will continue. Baltimore is at home and is 6-3 in interleague play this season while St. Louis is only 2-6, but the Cardinals are still the pick in this game, as Martinez will lead them to a win.