Gee, I just missed that one yesterday, huh? A 10 1/2-run total, I recommend the over and
the game ends 3-1 (with three of the runs coming on the final swing of the game). Someday I’ll get a clue and stop giving out baseball totals — probably right around the time Red Sox fans stop being obnoxious and the Cubs win the World Series.
Despite Thursday’s bad call, I’m still on an 11-3 run, and tonight I’m hopping on the Oakland A’s (mostly empty) bandwagon. Don’t look now, but after last night’s 4-3 victory over the Yankees, Oakland is on an 11-2 roll. And going back to June 6, the A’s are 15-5 at home. As usual with Oakland, the pitching has led the charge (during their 11-2 run, the A’s have allowed three runs or less 10 times). Tonight, rookie Tommy Millone gets the call. All the lefty has done in his last five starts is go 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA (five earned runs allowed in 34 innings). Oakland is 5-1 in Malone’s last six starts overall and 6-1 this year when Malone pitches at home (where he’s allowed just six earned runs, 33 hits and nine walks in 52 2/3 innings). True, Millone’s one home loss came against the Yankees on May 27, but it wasn’t his fault; he allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings in a 2-0 defeat.
The flip side of things is New York’s Ivan Nova has been sensational on the road this year (7-1, 3.36 ERA in 10 starts, with the Yankees going 9-1, including a 6-3 victory in Oakland on May 25). However, Nova has a 5.00 ERA in his last three starts, and the Yankees are 1-3 in his last four
trips to the hill.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆
Thursday’s Result: White Sox-Red Sox OVER 10 1/2 (Loss)