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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM

In what amounts to a quick overnight trip, the Oakland A’s will play the Cincinnati Reds twice within 24 hours Tuesday Night and Wednesday afternoon in a fascinating Interleague matchup of playoff contenders. Both teams are in great shape to reach the postseason. Yet, both are showing signs that they may not matter once they get to the playoffs.

*Cincinnati is a dismal 18-30 against opponents with a record of .500 or better after dropping two of three at home to St. Louis this past weekend…and three of four against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road before that. The Reds are great at squashing bad teams. There won’t be any bad teams in the playoffs!

*Oakland just dropped two of three at home to Texas, and is a disappointing 26-27 against teams at .500 or better this season. Tough to have big dreams against the AL East winner or Detroit if you’re just a coin flip against all decent teams you play.

Will either the A’s or the Reds show us something special in this very quick two-game set?  Let’s take a look at the probable pitchers…



Oakland…Straily: 6.5, 4.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

Cincinnati…Latos: 10-3, 3.38 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

Straily continues to be a very inconsistent pitcher. You can see that with his poor ERA (for a pitcher who gets to throw home games in a great pitcher’s park) and his decent WHIP. Basically, he either throws a gem or gets rocked. A road game in a bandbox could prove problematic for him. But he is stepping down to face the inferior league…and an opponent that’s struggled vs. quality all season.

Latos has been the most reliable of Cincinnati’s starters, though he’s not really producing at an “ace” caliber level this season. His game log shows that he typically outclasses lesser opponents, but he can have trouble vs. quality. That’s the Reds in a nutshell this season…and Latos is a classic example. Big test here for him against an AL playoff team.



Oakland…Colon: 14-3 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

Cincinnati…Bailey: 6-10, 3.55 ERA, 1.14 WHIP

Colon is having such an unbelievable season that it can be hard to handicap him. Everyone’s been thinking “he can’t possibly keep this going” for months…yet he’s just as effective now as he was early in the season. How can THIS 40-YEAR OLD GUY be as good as Clayton Kershaw?! If you believe the numbers, you take Colon vs. everybody. Colon and his teammates had to be very relieved that didn’t receive any additional suspensions for his involvement with Biogenesis.

Homer Bailey is an amazing story. He has no-hit potential whenever he takes the field. Yet, he only has a 6-10 record this season despite pitching for a likely Wildcard team. His WHIP is almost the same as Colon’s…yet his ERA is a run worse while pitching in a league without the DH. Bailey stated publicly several weeks ago that he’s having trouble pitching out of the stretch. If you get runners on against him, you’ll score. If not…you may be sweating a no-hitter late in the game!

JIM HURLEY will be looking very closely at these two Interleague games. But, the Tuesday and Wednesday schedules are packed with big play opportunities. And, he knows that all of you are anxious to build your bankrolls for football season. Purchase game day BEST BETS in both football and baseball right here at the website with your credit card. Or, call us in the office at 1-800-323-4453 if you want to talk more about your available Autumn options.

Back with you Wednesday to talk more baseball. Then we’ll resume our NFL Divisional previews Thursday with the return of the Preseason. Here’s this weekend’s schedule:

Thursday: AFC West to get you ready for Denver vs. San Francisco

Friday: AFC East to get you ready for New England vs. Philadelphia

Saturday: AFC North to get you ready for Pittsburgh vs. the NY Giants

Sunday: AFC South to get you ready for Indianapolis vs. Buffalo

We already talked about the NFC East Sunday for the Hall-of-Fame game. We’ll finish that conference next week…in the second full weekend of pro football action.

Big games every day…BIG MONEY waiting for you to grab it thanks to PROVEN WINNER JIM HURLEY and his unstoppable team of Las Vegas betting experts!

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