MLB News : Wagering Woes to Continue on Toronto? 5/19

MLB News : Wagering Woes to Continue on Toronto? 5/19

MLB News 5/19

MLB News from HRWager examines the struggles of a 19-23 Blue Jays team.  Last year, they were one of the feel good stories in all of baseball.  Now their stumble from the start was somewhat expected but has happened for some surprising reasons.  Beyond May should bring a mixed bag to Toronto investors.  What factors will come back to the norm?  Will the pitching fall back to the pack or have we underestimated their staff since Price left?  All of this right now for you at HRWager.

 

MLB News : One Year Wonder?

Maybe it was a perfect storm last year?  The combination of pitching with power bats meant big wins and monster momentum late in the season.  This time around, the bats are to blame for the slow start.  An offense fueled by big bats is not producing the long ball that it should.  17th in the league for total runs is reflected by their 20th in OPS.  Without the ability to cobble together runs, the reliance on power hitting will give you feast and famine numbers.  Our job is to determine which batters are slumping and who has had already had their time in the sun!  Edwin Encarnacion with a .241 is projected to be on the decline.  Troy no longer has the thin air in Colorado to bolster his numbers.  So while the bats will perk up, two of their team mates should have low years compared to their career numbers.

Starting Pitching

This has been the pleasant surprise but they are on the verge of wearing out.  Bullpen with a lot of good young arms is bickering and tanking.  Starters has a 3.73 ERA which is above average as a whole for baseball.  This is all you can really expect of them.  Without Price, this team was built on big offense creating the wins.  Without that, the starters are expected to downslide slightly starting in June.

Over the hill gang is seeking contract extensions.  Bautista wants a five year deal and him being 35 will be his last one.  Encarcion should just be let go after this season.  Toronto has enough talent to get to the .500 mark this summer.  Look for larger totals to come through almost immediately.  Examine the overs starting next week as a default mode for profit for your bankroll.  Good fortune and we will see you tomorrow here at HRWager.

 

Baseball Wagering on Houston @ White Sox 5/19

Baseball Wagering on Houston @ White Sox 5/19

Baseball wagering 5/19

HRW’s baseball wagering angle examines the possibility of a 17-24 Astros’ team completing the sweep of the Sox in Chicago.  Houston’s awful April was one of the more surprising disappointments early on in the 2016 season.  To start getting back to the success of last year, they must first make it to the .500 mark.  White Sox’s ace Chris Sale is going to make that difficult to achieve in an 8PM EST start on 5/19.  What is the path to profit here for HRWager to show to their friends this evening?

 

Baseball Wagering : Stop Striking Out

Almost always, the message stop striking out is meant for offenses to heed.  However, Chris Sale has took this mantra for his own pitching prowess and has met with increased success.  The key is that he no longer has the mindset that he needs to fan the world.  Yes, his strike out total of 53 is good but he is throwing more for contact these days.  It is a trust that young arms grow into with their teams.  Placement allows one to go easier on their arms.  At age 27, the amassment of 200+ innings per year could cause his career to crash soon.  As a result of this different approach, not only is he 8-0 this year but his ERA is under two.  A career low because in part his energy reserves are higher for the later innings this year.

Typical Astro Feast or Famine

Houston has such success at home last year while stumbling at home.  This season Collin McHugh is sticking to this pattern.  Astros starter is 4-3 with a 5.58ERA overall is bad enough but his work on the road is horrid with a 8.74ERA.  Combine that with the fact that Houston is winning ugly and the opening -185 got nibbled down to near -195 by overnight sharp action.  Only player really creating good contact for the Astros in Chicago is Altuve. He had three hits yesterday in the 5-3 decision and is historically strong against Sale.

We will see what level of wisdom Sale has in this one.  Altuve is the one threat in this game.  Work around him and White Sox should be good here.  The total for this one has jumped from 7 to 7 1/2.  Runline for the White Sox -1 1/2 is @ +100.  Chicago has been in a slump so it is feast or famine tonight.  Their advantage is good but not great.  Avoid the near -195 chalk on the ML and opt for the +100 runline instead.  Not many scenarios see them winning by just one run tonight.  Good fortune and we will see you later today here at the HRW.