Clients, lets keep this one short and simple because we have had some bad luck as of late, and I believe this 20* Play Of The Week is a gem. 20* POW’s are hitting at over a 78% rate YTD, this will only increase that rate.
20* Winner: Texas Rangers ML (-124) Yu Darvish (Listed,) Alex Cobb (Action)
Breakdown: On the mound for us tonight is Ranger’s #1 arm in Yu Darvish. Although he hasn’t quite returned to what most remember him by when he placed 2nd in the Cy Young race in 2013, I’ve seen a lot of good things from him. His last start against Kansas City, he only allowed 2 Earned Runs through 6 and two thirds. Also worth mentioning, is Darvish’s career numbers against the Rays: 4-0 in 5 starts with a 1.09 ERA and is averaging about 11K’s per 9 innings in those 5 contests. I’m not one to root for injuries but we were blessed in this one because as we all know, Colby Rasmus (one of the Ray’s best fielders and bats) has stepped away from baseball for a bit and won’t be back anytime soon. The reason I bring that up is because Rasmus has had Darvish’s number ever since they first faced off. Rasmus has posted a .471 average/1.350 OPS/.526 OBP, his batting average and OPS against Darvish have all been career highs for Rasmus out of all qualified pitchers he has faced. If there were one guy I would not want to be in the opposing line up, it’s that guy, and thankfully for us, he isn’t. Another ‘throw in’ statistic to think about is the fact that the Ranger’s defense has been fairly solid all year as they are a Top 10 team as far as team fielding is concerned.
Our hitting match-up isn’t bad either. The Texas lineup is 8th in baseball in overall ‘Team Batting’ statistics (3rd in the AL). We have two top 10 home run hitters in our line up with #8 Gallo and #9 Napoli, but the great thing is that Napoli hits #5 and Gallo is the #9 which just shows how great of an overall hitting ball club this is. Alex Cobb, the pitcher for the Rays tonight has had a solid year thus far but he relies on an underwhelming fastball with pin point precision. If his control is off though, he is liable to give up walks, and runs at a big pace.
Prediction: Texas Rangers 7 – Tampa Bay Rays 2