Monday, May 21, 2012

MLB Monday

(26-22 +4,960)

Not happy yet. Considering fading Angels today, but my first take is the game out in the desert.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks
Pat Corbin making his 5th start for the D-Backs. Since being called up he's been building innings and though 5.73 ERA is telling 2 of his bad outings was on the road. You got to give the kid credit with 3 road start and 1 home stand, he did quite well at home against SF Giants giving up 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings. Pat used to be a Angel before the Dan Haren trade package sent him to Arizona. His velocity has been climbing since and has a natural sink and cutting action on his pitch. He also has pretty good strike out ratio showing good command, but he was always slated as the back end of rotation type of starter lacking that go to out pitch. So he's on a learning curb, but Zona's feeling pretty good considering how the road trip went splitting Dodgers & Rockies then winning KC in inter league series taking the rubber match. Now back home Chris Capuano and the Dodger come fresh off sweeping the Cardinals. Chris is also the back end of rotation starter coming off a loss in San Diego, but he is no# 2 money pitcher with Dodgers 6-2 in his start. L.A. is not as strong on the road, 9-9, as they are at home, 19-4, but Arizona is not a tough home team, 7-12, doesn't handle left hand pitchers, 5-9, playing against winning team, 4-10, against Caupano who is likely to improve. Regardless of Corbin's performance here the betting wisdom would say L.A. used up too much energy in sweeping St Louis therefore D-Backs will sneak win at home already taking one in L.A. and Snakes play heads up against division foes. Then your siding with the line and it maybe so, but it's 50/50 proposition without much value I'm not going to recommend. Take the Dodgers rolling for 5 games in a row, they've done it twice already.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS at +117 for 1 unit(W)

Anaheim Angels at Oakland A's
I don't want to auto fade the Angels, they are under the guidance of Iron Mike Scioscia who is battle tested leader and strategist not to be taken for granted. He is a catcher from old school National league built on good pitching, speed on base path and years of managing American league Angels has brought his unique balance of agility and power. The Angels do not have the pieces to be exactly what Mike has in mind the small ball is just not there and power is lacking right now. Jerome Williama have pitched well, but I don't think he can carry the game. J. Williams pitches quality games, 5 out of 6 and record of 4-1 winning all three games in May, but Angels are 4-2 with both losses coming on the road. OK, he did face Tampa & Yankees for the losses back in April, but 7-14 Angels on the road. I'm not even going to get into RISP they failed to cash.  Bull pen is still not up to par and if there was any momentum it was quashed in San Diego. Oakland sending Tom Milone  5-3 in 8 starts, perfect 3-0 at home, coming off a loss at Texas. Doesn't look as good as he did in April and A's are tad below .500 at home, but this is a fade on Angels. Oakland true to money ball are the top money making AL West team, yes more than Texas.

OAKLAND A's +108 for 1 unit(W)

2-0 night! Gettin' warmer! Don't let me getin my zone.

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