MLB best bets of the day: July 30, 2012

MLB Best bets

It’s funny, I hear people say “leave the emotion out of it” all the time, and yet when I take their advice it’s always as if it comes back to haunt me. Yesterday, I kept my emotions out of it when selection the Miami Marlins to beat the Padres by 1 ½ runs. My emotions, were telling me “you must be f$%@king crazy to bet on Josh Johnson!” Well, at least a part of me was right.

Josh Johnson, who I warned could be traded, did nothing to increase his trade value on Sunday. Going 5.0 innings Johnson walked six, and while he did only give up one earned, he allowed far too many Padres to reach base. It just goes to show, always follow your instincts!

Detroit at Boston 7:10 PM Scherzer vs Buchholz

Today my instincts are telling me to take the Red Sox at home, and their .344 career team batting average (.313 without David Ortiz) when facing Max Scherzer. That said, Scherzer has been hot lately and if the kooky Red Sox manager decides to send out a lineup card without Ellsbury and Crawford, my instincts could have been misled.

As hot as Scherzer has been (four-straight wins without a loss) Clay Buchholz has been equally as hot. The Red Sox starter has put his team in a great position to win in six of his last seven outings as Boston has won six of those games and Buchholz has received four wins in that time.

Picks: Red Sox -112 and Under 9 ½ (-115)

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The city of Miami breathes and the country smells it

Miami SportsBefore the heroics of Dwyane Wade, before LeBron James in a HEAT uniform was EVER a conceivable thought, before the term “Miami Marlins” became the proper way of acknowledging the South Florida baseball team, and before the Miami Dolphins fan-base went against their owner /organization, there was a humble professional sports-less city of Miami with Latin make-up that had nothing to watch on cable television EXCEPT for the New York Yankees.
It wasn’t until the Miami Dolphins accomplished their undefeated season and won the Super Bowl (1972) that a Miami fan-base was created. In 1970 the Miami Dolphins became an established NFL franchise and started their parallel path with the University of Miami’s (UM) football team. UM began their football program in 1926 but didn’t  become successful until the 1983 season, when they won their 1st National title and began DOMINATING the college scene; UM won National titles in ’83, ’87, ’89, ’91 and most recognizably (to our readers) in 2001.
Miami soon became a “football town” with icons such as Dan Marino (former Dolphins quarterback), Bernie Kosar (former Heisman trophy winner at UM), Michael Irvin (former UM wide receiver who won multiple Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys) and MANY other homegrown talent representing the city that once was imageless. Numerable athletes came out of South Florida as it was known as “the hotbed” of sports talent in our country. This overwhelming amount of talent/success would ONLY help increase sports popularity in South Florida. Then, the city began to expand… Read more here…

Ramirez ends slump, Sanchez Ks 14 in Marlins win

The Miami Marlins found a way to get it done.  With Stanton standing on second base and two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning of a 2-2 game, the Arizona Diamondbacks decided to intentionally walk Jose Reyes to pitch to Hanley Ramirez who was in the middle of an 0 for 26 slump.  Then with one swing of the bat Hanley’s hitless streak and the Marlins six game losing streak both came to an end.  In what can only be described as a hell of a win for the Fish, the Marlins fought back from an 0-2 whole to win 3-2 tonight.

To say this game did not start out well would also be an understatement.   In the first two inning, starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez gave up four walks, three hits, and two runs on 56 pitches.  He looked as though he was on his way to being pulled very early in this game, but he was able to get the final two outs before giving up a run and then retired the next 15 consecutive batters on his way to a career high 14 strikeout night.  However, despite as good as Sanchez played it looked as though the Marlins were still on the verge of their seventh loss in a row.

In the previous six games the Marlins had all six starting pitchers pitch a minimum of six inning and not let up more than two runs, but do to a hitting slump by seemingly the entire team they lost all of those games, scoring just six runs in six games.  And threw six innings today the Marlins continues to strand runners in scoring position, the worst of it being when after a Greg Dobbs lead off triple Brett Hayes and Chris Coghlan both struck out before Anibal Sanchez lined out.  This was just after an inning where the Marlins had runners on second and third with one out and failed to score.  Then in the seventh inning Omar Infante, who did not start today due to his sore groin, pitched hit for Anibal and was able to leg out a triple he hit over the head of Geraldo Para.  Two batters later, Jose Reyes, who blamed himself for the teams struggle to hit and was moved down to second in the batting order today, was able to single to right and score Infante.  It was the Marlins first run scored in 19 innings.  Then in the bottom of the 8th Logan Morrison hit a solo home run, the first home run to right field in Marlins Park history, to tie the game at two.  Hanley then went on to win it in the 9th, and when all was said and done the Marlins finished the game today with 10 hits and only allowed one Diamondback player to reach base after the second.

So now that they were able to not only win a game, but to do so in such dramatic fashion and to have both Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez get such huge RBI singles today, the question that people want to know is can this win spark the offense for the Marlins?  In truth only time will tell, but you would like to think so, especially with the way it ended you would think that it would just be a huge confidence boost to both Hanley and Reyes.  However it does need to be pointed out that this was also not the typical Marlins line up.  Both Stanton and Infante did get in the game and both got a hit and scored a run, but they both did so as a pitch hitter.  The Marlins actually started Dobbs in right field, Chris Coghlan in center, Brett Hayes (who hit two doubles today) at catcher, and Emilio Bonifacio was moved up to the leadoff position and played second base.

So will the Marlins just fall back to their slump when they go back to a normal line up? Will this win spark a hot streak for the Marlins? Was today just an aberration?  Only time will tell, and for now it the 32,000 people at Marlins Park and the other thousands who watched on TV should just bask in the good feeling that comes from such a great win.

Ozzie Guillen’s comments, lost in translation

Ozzie Guillen

Ozzie GuillenOzzie Guillen might as well place a sign near his mouth that states “insert foot here.” After meeting with reporters the Miami Marlins manager feels horrible and knows he was wrong, but still states the message was lost in translation. Somehow, I find that hard to believe.

Guillen is a character and has been for sometime now, but don’t be fooled he knows what he said and he meant it.

I always try to go against the general public’s feelings because I find it enjoyable to argue a point, but it’s hard to find a silver lining when it comes to Fidel Castro.

My translation of Ozzie’s comments are he “loves” the power that Fidel Castro has and finds it amazing he has been in power for such a long period of time.

Castro is a horrible dictator, whom for years has terrorized the people of Cuba.

ESPN’s Dan Le Batard said it best “The ocean between Cuba and Florida is filled with dead Cubans who were trying to get away from him.”

It’s not the comments that he made that rub me the wrong way but the setting.

Hired as the Miami Marlins manager he was brought in for one reason and that reason was to connect with the dominant Latin community and after only one home game he made the most idiotic comment he could have made.

His apology was heartfelt and there is no doubt it comes after the backlash that came after his comments, but admit to what you believe, don’t just use the Spanish language barrier as a crutch.

An excuse can only be used a number of times before it becomes irrelevant and this excuse has been used before.

In August of 2010, Guillen went on a long rant about how he felt Latin American players were discriminated against by MLB. “Very bad. I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don’t have a Spanish one. I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don’t?” Guillen said Sunday before Chicago played the Oakland Athletics. “Don’t take this wrong, but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid … go to the minor leagues, good luck. Good luck. And it’s always going to be like that. It’s never going to change. But that’s the way it is.”

He didn’t have a problem translating his feelings on that did he?