A 2-2-1 day to start the week saw us take some juice, but there was a lot to be optimistic about despite the results.

Here’s a quick take on today’s plays:

Grade: A

Despite going 2-1-1 it’s hard to grade this any less given the way the games transpired.

Our only loss was an absolutely dreadful beat in Cincinnati as our Under 9.5 runs missed, despite a 2-0 scoreline heading into the 7th inning – and then a 5-0 scoreline at the start of the 9th inning.

Ryu was again perfect at the mound as he continues to lay claim to Cy Young honours so long as he stays fit and healthy. The left-hander pitched 7.0 innings and kept the home side in check with relative ease. The same can be said for Tanner Roark, who allowed 2 runs in his 5.0 innings before giving way to a horrible bullpen display. Despite both relief staff being in terrific form the two BP’s gave up a combined 9 runs in 7.0 innings work, with six runs coming in the final innings! Sometimes you just bite the bullet and bear it – this is very much one of those times.

Our first win came in LA as the Angels and Royals stayed Under 5.0 runs in the F5 innings of this one (Royals led 3-1). The surprise here was the fact KC were able to drive home 3 runs against a LHP, although the fact is was Tyler Skaggs does make it more believable. The good news is we hopefully should get a nice team total and price for them in their next leftie match up – something we’ll certainly be taking if that’s the case.

We also cashed the late Sunday Night game as the Cubs got the job done against Hellickson and the Nats. Hellickson lasted just 3.0 innings after he allowed 3 earned runs on 4 hits, walking 3 batters in the process. A 3-run homer to Anthony Rendon in the 6th inning made things interesting, but Chicago’s bullpen was able to do enough to hold on. Hellickson continues to be very hittable this season and we’ll be looking to fade him, or play opposing team totals, wherever possible this season.

We got a push on Milwaukee -1, which was a result of being somewhat greedy and not settling for the hd2hd market. That being said, we anticipated much more damage to be done with Foltynewicsz at the mound.

Grade: B-

We can’t grade this loss too harshly given Kyle Lowry would have cleared his points, rebounds & assists total had he stayed on court. Lowry fouled out in the fourth quarter with just under 5 minutes left of regulation in a game that ultimately went to 2OT – he had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists at the time.

Toronto moved the basketball much better when he was on the court, but fouling out in such a crucial game is just poor from a player who should be a leader on that team. His performance wasn’t exactly flashy either, and he didn’t inject himself in the game as anticipated – but, to have had 20 combined p+r+a in 32 minutes does show some productivity given he was expected to play more than 38 minutes here (not including OT).

It should be worth circling his total next game and monitoring the market as a result. Norman Powell’s addition to the starting lineup gave them another scoring threat so while his field goal numbers may suffer (look at the points Unders) we may see higher production in his rebounds and/or assists categories as a result.

As always, you can keep a tab on our daily and monthly results here.