SF road favorites behind Lincecum
It truly was a dog day afternoon in Major League Baseball on Sunday, as 11 of the 15 games on the schedule saw the underdog pull off an upset. These weren’t all just +100, +110 ‘dogs either, as a number of the canines rolled at +130, +150 and one at +175.
The biggest underdog (the +175) were the Seattle Mariners who took care of the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2. Seldom-used Garrett Olson made only his sixth start of the season and limited the Dodgers to only two runs in five solid innings. The Seattle bullpen took care of the rest and Jose Lopez provided the pop, going 3-4 with a couple of RBI.
Padres nearly unhittable
Even though the Mariners were the big dogs on the day, the biggest surprise on Sunday were the San Diego Padres. The Padres went into a hitter’s haven, the BallPark in Arlington, and limited the hard-hitting Rangers to only one hit in a 2-0 victory as a +130 road dog at Bovada Chad Gaudin, who was sporting a 3-6 record and a 5.60 ERA held the Rangers in check over eight innings while racking up nine strikeouts. The measly two runs scored also paid out well for anyone who grabbed the Under because the total was set high at 11.
Giants washout Brew Crew
Rounding the Sunday surprises were the San Francisco Giants. With starter Ryan Sadowski making his Major League debut the Giants were a +150 over at Bovada The pressure didn’t get to Sadowski though as he tossed six shutout innings in a 7-0 Giants win. Another irregular also turned up in the box score for the Giants, as Nate Schierholtz went 4-5 with a solo homer.
After Sunday’s big win the Giants head to St. Louis on Monday where they are a -130 road favorite because reigning Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is slated to start. The Freak is rolling through June with a 3-1 record and a miniscule 1.82 ERA in five starts. He’s owned St. Louis so far in his young career with a 3-0 mark and a 2.37 ERA in three starts.
The Doc is back on call
Also on the Monday MLB slate the Toronto Blue Jays begin a key home series with the Tampa Bay Rays and they’re heavily favored with ace Roy Halladay set to return. The Doc had been sidelined by a groin strain, but is set to come off the DL and make his first start since June 12. Even after missing just over two weeks Halladay is still tied for the league lead in wins with 10. The Jays will face Rays starter Jeff Niemann as a -175 favorite over at Bovada