MLB best bets of the day: August 24, 2012

Our MLB Best Bets of the Day continue with three match-ups that are sure to excite.

NY Yankees at Cleveland 7:05 PM Sabathia vs Kluber

The White Sox swept the Yankees and left them grasping for air earlier in the week. Well today, the Yankees get C.C. Sabathia back and will receive a helping hand from Corey Kluber. If the Yankees are going to get back on track today is going to be the day against Mr. Kluber.

In just four starts this year Kluber has a 1.77 WHIP and a 6.27 ERA…and a .329 BAA! The Yankees are going to win, and probably win big today, but that’s not where the money’s at. Take the over and hope for fireworks.

Pick: Over 9 (-110)

Kansas City at Boston 7:10 PM Chen vs Lester

The Red Sox have a few things going for them in tonight’s game; their offense has been picking it up lately, Jon Lester has a 2.93 ERA in August, and they get to face lefthander Bruce Chen. The Red Sox are the fourth best hitting team when facing lefties, have a .307 team BAA Chen and face the Royals pitcher at home (Chen has a 6.32 ERA on the road this season).

Get Cody Ross, Dustin Pedroia and a handful of other Boston players in your fantasy baseball lineups today as I suspect there will be an offensive explosion. Read more…

MLB best bets of the day: August 24, 2012

corey kluberOur MLB Best Bets of the Day continue with three match-ups that are sure to excite.

NY Yankees at Cleveland 7:05 PM Sabathia vs Kluber

The White Sox swept the Yankees and left them grasping for air earlier in the week. Well today, the Yankees get Sabathia back and will receive a helping hand from Corey Kluber. If the Yankees are going to get back on track today is going to be the day against Mr. Kluber.

In just four starts this year Kluber has a 1.77 WHIP and a 6.27 ERA…and a .329 BAA! The Yankees are going to win, and probably win big today, but that’s not where the money’s at. Take the over and hope for fireworks.

Pick: Over 9 (-110)

Kansas City at Boston 7:10 PM Chen vs Lester

The Red Sox have a few things going for them in tonight’s game; their offense has been picking it up lately, Jon Lester has a 2.93 ERA in August, and they get to face lefthander Bruce Chen. The Red Sox are the fourth best hitting team when facing lefties, have a .307 team BAA Chen and face the Royals pitcher at home (Chen has a 6.32 ERA on the road this season).

Get Cody Ross, Dustin Pedroia and a handful of other Boston players in your fantasy baseball lineups today as I suspect there will be an offensive explosion. Read more…

New York Yankees push for another pennant

Robinson CanoThis is All-Star week. We have the Home Run Derby and the All-Star game.  Now is the time when teams begin to make their push for the playoffs. The New York Yankees are no different.  At this point the Yanks have the best record in MLB. Usually at this point in the year they begin to play a different kind of game throughout the rest of the season.  The second half of the year Yankees are a different animal then during the beginning of the year Yankees.

The Yankees seem to be clicking on all cylinders right now, even though they have some major injuries.  C.C. Sabbathia has a hamstring issue, Mariano Rivera has a torn ACL and needed surgery, and Andy Pettitte has a broken foot.  Their bullpen and other starters have taken up the slack and kept the Yankees in contention.  The hitters are hitting and hitting well. The Yankees have hit the most Home Runs in MLB.  Thirty-eight year old Derek Jeter, the team Captain always leads by example. He makes the plays that no one else does. He is hitting at a very high level, his batting average is .313. He has a legitimate shot at an AL MVP.  Jeter has also made another All-Star team, he will be the lead off hitter and start at Shortstop.  Robinson Cano will bat second and play second base.  Curtis Granderson will start in the outfield and be ninth in the lineup. C.C. Sabbathia also made the All-Star team, but will not play due to being on the disables list.

The New York Yankees as an organization, from management down to the players, the fans, and everyone else that is affiliated with the organization expect every year to make the playoffs and win a World-Series. They demand it, and anything less is not acceptable.  With this mind set and loyalty of their fans is one of the main reasons that the New York Yankees have won more World-Series than any other franchise.

When the All-Star break is over, the Yankees go into what I call pennant mode. They work with their line-ups to get that perfect mesh and cohesive unit that will push them closer to the play-offs. They take less days off. I know that all teams work harder in the second half of the season, but I believe with the Yankees is goes to another level. A level that teams that do not make the play-offs can understand, especially teams that have never made it into the play-off or won a pennant. The teams that do not have can do and will do attitude. They do not play as the Yankees play, for pride.  During the second half of the season, the Yanks get harder to beat because they feel that they have more on the line and a lot of history to live up to year after year.

The Yankees are probably one of the toughest teams to deal with going down the stretch after the all-star break.  I see them in the play-off picture again this year because as their injured players start to come back into the fold, the stronger they get. They are very good at maintaining themselves during rough periods during the season, I do not see this year as any different.

Most undervalued pitchers in baseball

When you think about what defines a major league pitcher as having value, there are several things that come to mind.  Topping the list is total number of wins, strikeouts, and of course, earned run average (E.R.A.), however only one of these is an accurate illustration of a pitcher’s overall strength and value.  Let me explain: The number of wins a pitcher gets for his team can be misleading, dependent on his teammates run support during each of his outings.  The number of strikeouts that a pitcher throws can be a bit of a flashy stat, as an out is an out.  When it comes down to it, E.R.A. is the primary element that determines a pitcher’s value to his team.  It cancels out the defensive troubles a team may have, as well as the offense (or lack thereof) that a pitcher may have backing him.  In the end, the E.R.A. that a pitcher posts is the truest measure of his success for that season, and best reflects his overall value.
Over the last 2 complete seasons (excluding the current 2012 season), there have been exactly 10 pitchers in the MLB who have finished the season in the top 25 in E.R.A.  The challenge that I have for all readers right now is to list those 10 pitchers without scrolling down to find the answers.  Being able to name even 7 of these pitchers is an impressive feat, and getting 8 or more is phenomenal.  Go ahead and try to make a list right now…