Daily Archives: June 27, 2016
Today marks the beginning of the “Battle of the Bay” regular season contests between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. They are always intense games, more so for the fans than the players.
Both teams have passionate fan bases (although one team’s fans are much more knowledgeable than the others) and the cross-bay rivalry always gets heated. It’s been a battle since the original “Battle of the Bay” World Series in 1989. The Athletics swept the Giants in four games.
Many a Giants fan will blame the enormous earthquake that rocked the Bay Area just before the beginning of Game 3 as the reason their team lost. Many have told me that it was unfair because the A’s were able to use their top two starters twice; Dave Stewart and Mike Moore, due to the 11-day break the series took so the Bay Area could begin to recover from the death and destruction the earthquake brought with it.
The reality here is that the Giants also were able to use their two best starting pitchers Scott Garrelts and Rick Reuschel so really the argument doesn’t hold water. They start Garrelts in Game 3 and Don Robinson in Game 4, that was their choice. It only says that at that time the A’s had a better pair of top two starters or just a better team as described by Tim Keown of ESPN.com,
“Games 3 and 4 were repeats of Games 1 and 2. The Giants had to face Dave Stewart and Mike Moore all over again, which meant it wasn’t really a seven-game series, but more like a pair of two-game series, and the Giants weren’t built to compete with the A’s under those — or maybe any — parameters. The A’s were the better team regardless of schedule, but the Giants of ’89 will go to their graves believing they’d have made a better showing if they’d been able to get deeper into the Oakland rotation.”
Still, the A’s would have likely swept the Giants anyway as Keown indicates. The 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner and the last pitcher to ever win at least 25 games in a season, Bob Welch (he won 27 games in 1990), would have pitched game three and likely taken home the win.
Things have changed in the Bay Area since then, but the rivalry has not changed. One game out of four is already in the books with the Athletics winning by the score of 8-3 but there is plenty more Bay Area baseball to play!
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One of the biggest blunders made by many gamblers is betting against themselves. We are going to simplify the process, so if you win, you can really win – none of this barely break even nonsense.
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5 team stacking options ( We are going to draw most of our players from these 5 squads).
3 Pitching candidates (High level, midlevel and budget).
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Elite P – Corey Kluber (vs. Atlanta Braves): $13,400
Elite P – Jon Lester (vs. Cincinnati Reds): $11,700
Elite P – Zack Greinke (vs. Philidelphia Phillies): $10,600
Bargain P – Ubaldo Jimenez (vs. San Diego Padres): $4,800
Bargain P – Lucas Giolito (vs. New York Mets): $6,400
Bargain P – Matt Harvey (vs. Washington Nationals): $6,500
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Daily Matchups for 6/28/2016
Corey Kluber- Kluber comes into this matchup with an extra days rest after he dominated the Rays for 9 innings and 9 Ks where he threw 115 pitches. In that matchup he had 66 FP on Fanduel and 44.3 FP on DraftKings. Kluber has fared well against the Braves in his lifetime as he’s only given up a .242 BA (15 for 62) with 15 Ks, and 5 walks against the current Braves roster. He’s the highest priced pitcher on DK and 2nd highest on FD. He’s expensive, but has a terrific matchup on paper.
Jon Lester- Lester is coming off of a matchup against Miami where he pitched 7 innings, 7 Ks, and had 36 FP on FD and 21 FP on DK. He’s held this Reds’ rost to a .238 BA (29 for 122) while striking out 31 and only walking 2. He makes a better matchup on FD but he is the most expensive pitcher on the slate over there. He’s averaging 42.13 FP on FD and we love him over there tonight.
Jose Quintana- He makes a terrific play against the Twins who were dominated by Yankees’ pitching over the weekend. As both of these teams are in the AL Central, they see a ton of each other. Quintana has held the Twins to a .238 BA (39 for 164) while striking out 38 and walking 14. He’s coming off of a terrible outing against Boston last Wednesday where he pitched 5.1 innings givine up 8 hits, 6 walks, 1 K and only 1 FP on FD. This very reason should leave him very under-owned and a terrific mid-priced play to avoid some bats.
Rick Porcello- Porcello has been extremely surprising this season as he’s had some terrific games. He’s coming off a 10 FP performance against the White Sox so people will see that and probably shy away a little bit. Although, he is facing a terrible Rays team. Lifetime Porcello has given up a .274 (32 for 117) BA with 28 Ks but that was when the Rays were doing well. He’s a great cash-game play tonight.
Lucas Giolito- Giolito is the number 3 prospect in all of baseball. He’s making his debut against a lowly Mets team that strike out a ton. He’s actually faced the Mets 1 time in Spring Training and actually got 21 FP on FD. Obviously these numbers don’t mean anything since it was Spring Training but we like him as a GPP play tonight.
Kyle Gibson- This is a name that could surprise you but Gibson has been able to hold the White Sox to a .190 BA (20 for 105) lifetime and comes in a $5600 on FD. He’s had back to back 20+ FP games and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was less than 10% owned tonight. Extremely cheap means you can afford almost any big bat you want.
I visited Nickerson Field on the campus of Boston University. Part of the stadium was the home of the Boston Braves.
At one point this was considered to be one of the crown jewels of baseball. Now it is almost totally forgotten.
It is a remember a forgotten past episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports
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