BIG AL's MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROADKILL WINNER!: Al McMordie CASHED his play last night on Los Angeles (even though Dodger starter Clayton Kershaw had to leave the game early with a stomach virus), and has another HUGE WINNER on the diamond tonight. It's Big Al's MLB ROADKILL, and it will be an old-fashioned B-L-O-W-O-U-T. Hop on board right now.
Game: Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics Apr 6 2012 10:05PM
Prediction: Oakland Athletics
Grade: Loser (-140)
Reason: At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners. Before the season even started, almost everyone predicted that two of the teams from the AL West Division will advance to the playoffs, although which one will win the division and which one will take a wild card spot is something that continues to be debated. Suffice it to say, the two teams people are talking about aren't the two that are playing in this game as both Oakland and Seattle figure to be far behind both the Angels and Rangers when the season is done. Starting next year, this division will have five teams (the Astros will move from the NL) but for this season, it will continue to have just these four. Of the bottom two that are playing tonight, Oakland figures to be a bit of a surprise, even if it is clearly several notches below Texas and Anaheim. The A's made some significant moves in the off-season including signing Cuban import Yoenis Cespedes who could be a force in the outfield and infielder Jamile Weeks could be poised for a breakout season. Righthander Brandon McCarthy was one of the highlights of this pitching staff in '11 and at just 28 years old, he is in his prime and could have a big year, especially given that his home park is one of the most pitcher-friendly in baseball. These two teams kicked off the season with a pair of games in Japan last week and McCarthy pitched the first one and although the A's lost, he pitched brilliantly, holding the anemic Seattle offense to one run on six hits in seven innings with no walks. Expect more of the same tonight with Oakland's hitters backing him up this time as they'll be facing lefthander Jason Vargas instead of Felix Hernandez, whom they faced in Japan. Take the A's. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.