Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 9/25/13

  • September 25, 2013

Another split on Tuesday night, although this one produced a profit with the Blue Jays winning while the Padres missed. It would have been nice to get both into the win column, but as each game went to extra frames, I’ve got no complaints with the split. In fact, factoring in the prices on the two games, the right one got the money.

There should be some solid situational spots between now and the regular season finish line. Add in what looks to be an attractive football agenda, and I expect this to be a very strong week. Find out for yourself by purchasing any of my available packages, either via the “buy now” feature on this page, or by getting in touch with me directly at cokin@cox.net.

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The Tuesday free play on the Padres missed, but the daily comps are still on a major roll the last couple weeks. Here’s what I feel is a decent spot for a winner this evening.

09/25 07:10 PM  MLB   (977) KANSAS CITY ROYALS (978) SEATTLE MARINERS

Take: (978) SEATTLE MARINERS

A tip of the cap to the Kansas City Royals. They would now need a miracle to get to the playoffs, but at the very least it’s been an upbeat year for the Royals. They’re going to finish above .500 and I have to think that the optimism for 2014 will be the highest it’s been in many years for this franchise.

That said, this looks like a down spot for KC. The shutout loss at the hands of the Mariners last night pretty much slammed the door on the post-season dream, and I really think there could be a big letdown off that defeat.

Making matters even worse for the Royals is the fact they’re now having to face one of the hottest pitchers in the game. Hisashi Iwakuma has been in major mow ’em down mode for Seattle down the stretch. This is definitely not a guy I want to be fading right now.

Of course, there’s not a lot wrong with the way Ervin Santana has been throwing for the Royals. Santana has been outstanding in each of his last three starts. However, it should be noted that in his fourth start back, he had one of his worst outings of the entire season against these Mariners.

I’m giving Iwakuma the edge on the mound, although not by anything resembling a landslide. The Royals are clearly the superior team, so from an overall perspective, there’s nothing special here. But the situation should favor the home team, as there might not be any fuel left in the Kansas City tank. Factor in the short number and the Mariners look like a good risk tonight.