AAA’s 10* I.L. GAME OF YEAR (45-21 +$15,067 MLB 2nd HALF!)
Seattle vs. Colorado,
08/03/2015 20:40 EDT,
Score: 8 - 7
Money Line: -157 Seattle
This is a 10* INTERLEAGUE GAME OF THE YEAR on the Seattle Mariners.
We think the massive talent discrepancy on the mound absolutely justifies in laying what we do in fact feel to be a very fair price as we expect “The King” to bounce back from a rare poor performance. Hernandez (12-6, 3.02 ERA) was shelled for seven runs and 12 hits over 6 2/3’s innings in an 8-2 home loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. No need to hit the panic button if you’re a Hernandez fan though obviously, he had posted a 1.09 mark with 32 K’s and four walks in 33 innings over a five game stretch previous and has already gone 4-0 with a minuscule 0.51 ERA in five starts this season since taking a loss (also note that Hernandez has not been beaten in consecutive starts since dropping four straight in August of 2013). The M’s come in with momentum as well after beating the Twins 4-1 on Sunday, while the Rockies are coming off a 3-2 loss at St. Louis on Sunday, falling to 5-10 since the All-Star break. The home side counters with rookie Eddie Butler (3-7, 4.82 ERA) who has gone 0-3 with a 5.95 ERA in his last four starts in front of the home town crowd and who is 0-1 with a pedestrian 4.91 ERA in two starts since getting recalled from Triple-A, most recently giving up three runs over five frames in his team’s 3-2 loss at the Cubs on Wednesday. Butler should be cautious of Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz, who is hitting .407 with eight dingers and 12 RBI during a 13-game hitting streak. As hot as the Rockies have been at the plate in front of the home town crowd, this is clearly one of the largest pitching mismtaches in recent memory, lay the price with confidence on Hernandez and the MARINERS.