The Indians go on the road to face the Seattle Mariners Tuesday in a game Cleveland should take. The Indians’ Justin Masterson gets electric movement on his fastball and has the ability to dominate every time out as evidenced by his eight-inning, 10-strikeout, two-hit, one-run performance in his first start of the year against the Toronto Blue Jays. He scuffled a bit last time out versus a pretty good Chicago White Sox lineup, but against the Mariners he should excel.
The Mariners are 13th out of fifteen American League teams in runs scored through the end of last week. As for the Indians, their lineup has generated the most runs (6.5) per game over the same period. Seattle’s starter Kevin Millwood is coming off a good performance against the Texas Rangers (six innings pitched, one run), but it won’t be enough to put the Mariners over the top. Go with Cleveland at 1.75 and pass on the Mariners at 2.08.
After a disappointing start, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will bounce back at home against the Oakland A’s. Baseball is a sport where over the course of the year players’ statistics tend to find their career levels. Nevertheless, since it is a long season there can sometimes be lulls.
Superstar Albert Pujols started the season in one of these funks (.243 batting average; zero home runs). This will change and a match up against Tyson Ross, who is making his first Major League start of 2012, might be just what Pujols needs.
Ross has never faced the burly Angels first baseman and while that might normally favor the pitcher, it’s hard for a young player like Ross to know how to throw a special hitter like Pujols. Add the fact that the Angels are going with Dan Haren – a very talented pitcher who is also off to a slow start – and I believe this is a breakout night for the Angels.
Take the home club at 1.45 instead of the A’s at 2.75.