Well, the final day of the MLB regular season is here, and
what better way to end it than with a two-team parlay? In a bid to maximize profits on what has already been a successful year, we'll bundle a couple of AL West games with postseason implications.
Texas Rangers vs. Oakland A's
Who would have thunk it - that on the final day of the
season the Texas Rangers would be battling the Oakland A's for the division
crown? Well, that is exactly what what's happening. Both teams have opened at -105 with
Oakland sending A.J. Griffin (7-1 2.71 ERA) out to the mound while Texas counters with Ryan
Dempster (7-3 4.63 ERA)
MLB odds makers currently favor the A's to the tune of -114. The total is 7.5.
Griffin can't handle this type of pressure
This is without a doubt the biggest game of Griffin's career. I'd expect he is going to have trouble settling down and getting out of the first inning. Talk about pressure - it doesn't get any greater.
Griffin has posted very nice numbers, but he struggles when facing lineups like the Rangers'. Against the
Yankees a couple of starts ago, he gave up 7 hits, 4 earned runs on 100 pitches in just 4 innings. Then, against Detroit, he again lasted just 4.1 innings, this time getting even more
tuned up for 8 hits and 5 earned runs. Now, he is tasked with delivering against arguably the best lineup in all of MLB.
Ryan Dempster hasn't posted the greatest numbers since being
acquired from Chicago, but this guy is a veteran and a warrior. He is going to give you everything he's got until the
tank is empty. Dempster will not be rattled by this pressure.
Look for the Rangers offense to feast on Griffin while Dempster battles and keeps his team in the ballgame to the end.
Texas wins the division crown today.
Pick: We'll add them to MLB parlay at -105.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners
There is no team more dejected in the major league
baseball right now than the Angels. I can't imagine them taking the field today
with any enthusiasm at all. I expect them to come out completely flat, their minds
not in the game at all.
Jered Weaver will make his final start looking to boost his
Cy Young numbers. As usual, Jered has been lights out over his last three with a 3-0
record, giving up just 16 hits in 20
innings pitched for a 0.98 WHIP and 2.66 ERA. Weaver is 12-4 lifetime against
Seattle with a 3.12 ERA
Bleaven has come on strong at the end the
season after a poor regular season. In his last three starts, he has posted an ERA
of 2.41 and a very solid 1.29 WHIP. Though we like his numbers, we think the real value lies more with a
dejected Angels lineup that won't have its collective heart in the game. Bleaven should be able to keep them in check and go deep
into the game.
Pick: We'll include the UNDER in our MLB Parlay.
$100 would pay us a sweet $272. Good Luck, everybody! It has been a wonderful