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Mike Handzelek's Mid-May MLB Analysis/Review

By: Point Shaver Handzelek
Date: May 16, 2023
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Tuesday, May 16, 2023 Since the odds feed is down early, I have 3 plays with 2 bases & 1 baskets. The 1st play looks into the Tampa Bay Rays @ NY Mets game. I feel Justin Verlander is still pretty rusty & is far from pitching in a groove. The rays usually stay competitive & hang around. The 1st Leg Play is to take the TAMPA BAY RAYS + 3 Runs. (WIN) The 2nd Leg looks @into the Chicago Cubs @ Houston Astros game. Javier takes the mound @ home with a Stros' lineup that's due for a home breakout @ the plate. This team is playing UNDER .500 ball @ home. Yes, they are under-achieving & not close to the same team yet because of injuries. However, we'll flip the switch & grab the HOUSTON ASTROS + 1 run as the 2nd Leg Play. (WIN) The 3rd Leg looks into the Los Angeles Lakers @ Denver Nuggets Game 1 of the Western Conference. I feel this to be a highly competitive series from the start. It's tough to blow out a team #1 in defensive efficiency after 2 rounds. It's offered so we'll up the ante & grab the LOS ANGELES LAKERS @ +17 as our 3rd & Final Leg Play. (WIN) 3-Leg Parlay Payback odds -114 Monday, May 15, 2023 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Oakland Athletics (MLB) - 9:40 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -201 Arizona Diamondbacks Rating: 9* Mike's MLB Strongest Play On The Board (WIN) Following & playing the D'Backs on Monday the past month has shown the Greenbacks come up all 4 times. Arizona is also very strong against RHP lately going 7-2. They thrown RHP Merrill Kelly whose pitching excellent posting a 2-0 record along with a 2.84 ERA over his last 3 appearances. Enter in his opponent the Oakland Athletics who come in hitting an under-the-Mendoza-line .198 @ home versus RHP. The Swingless A's also sit 14-39 off of a loss & are 14-41 overall versus RHP. When it comes to interleague, take these 3 into account. Oakland is not only is 5-21 in interleague games overall & 5-16 in interleague home games versus winning teams, they have gone an Antarctic-like 4-24 versus RHP'ing versus the NL! RHP Drew Rucinski takes the mound for them whose really has been taking it on the chin going 0-3 with a ballooned 8.18 ERA over his last 3 starts & has gone 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in night games thus far. Let's go to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to put some greenbacks on the ARIZONA DIAMONBACKS ML for the 1st 3 INNINGS for 9 Stars as my MLB Strongest Play On The Board! Saturday, May 13, 2023 San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) - 8:10 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -162 Arizona Diamondbacks Rating: 9* Mike's Saturday Night Right Scoop Goose-Egger (LOSS) It was 2016 when the St. Louis Cardinals drafted but quickly said it was time to deal this kid. Then it was the Miami Marlins in 19' who dealt him away in a trade for Jazz Chisholm. Who are we talking about? It's none other than Zac Gallen whose roots could be found @ Bishop Eustice Prep in Pennsaucken. This Jersey kid is the right scoop with a sweet pitching repertoire. He's got an excellent 4-seam heater along with a 91 MPH hard cutter & a 86 MPH loop slider that could freeze you up just enough to slip it past you. He'll take the mound tonight versus those Cisco Kids where he struck out 12 & spread out 4 hits over 7 1/3 innings for a 5-0 win in his last out against them in August. Over the longer haul, he's pitched 19 innings versus the Giants the past season & has given up just 3 ER's. Zac's been simply tearing it up @ home this season going 4-0 with an absurd 0.33 ERA & is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last 3 outings. He'll face a juggling SF batting order that should feature LaMonte Wade & J.D. Davis somewhere in the top 3. My bottom line says Gallen should be extra-motivated to shutout the Giants from the get-go considering their fast start yesterday in Arizona & with SF throwing the challenging RHP Anthony DeSclafani whose 2-0 with a 0.87 on the road this season. In a pitchers' duel, let's go to Chase Field in Arizona to play the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS-NO SCORE 1st INNING as my 9 Star Saturday Night Right Scoop Goose-Egger! Mike Handzelek's 2023 MLB Overall Record: 15-4 for 79%

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