San Diego Padres (28-38) at New York Mets (29-37)
Time For Some Colon
Colon (5-5, 4.31) has pitched amazingly well for the Amazin’s over his last few
starts and he gets a matchup against possibly the worst offense in the majors
in decades in the San Diego Padres.
The Padres rank last in ever offensive statistical category known to man. They’re hitting just .216 as a team and their on base percentage is just .275. You have to go way back in the record books for a team to have such a poor offense as the Pads.
While the Mets offense is certainly nothing to write home about, they still have David Wright and Daniel Murphy in the middle of the order and Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson for power. It’s questionable whether Grandy will be playing in tonight’s game and hopefully the rain will hold off.
Getting back to Colon; He’s pitched effortlessly, allowing just 5 earned runs in his last 4 starts. This is also a pitcher that goes deep into ball games and the Mets need that with their suspect bullpen. San Diego will start Andrew Cashner (2-5, 2.13) whose ERA speaks for itself, but where are they going to get the runs?
First Pick Of The Day: New York Mets -101 at 5 Dimes
Hernandez Gets the Start
King Felix Hernandez get’s the start for the Mariners and that means lots of K’s, lots of innings, and big trouble for a struggling Texas team who has won just 4 out of their last 10 games.
Hernandez could be competing for the AL Cy Young Award this season with Masahiro Tanaka because he’s been off the charts this season. King Felix is coming off of an impressive start against Tampa Bay in which he struck out 15 batters and allowed just 4 hits in 7 innings.
Amazingly, it wasn’t good enough to get the win and run support is the one and only thing that scares me with such an immense betting favorite.
In his last 5 starts, Hernandez has allowed just 6 earned runs in 38 2/3 innings. I saw Seattle against Tanaka and that offense wasn’t pretty. They must get out to an early lead and this is definitely possible as they face Nick Tepesch (2-2, 4.91).
Tepesch has only had 5 starts this season, but this is a pitcher that won’t give Texas more than 5 or 6 innings and has the tendency to get hit pretty hard. Opposing hitters are hitting .287 against Tepesch.
Robinson Cano has been swinging a hot bat as of late. He finally got that elusive 3rd home run of the season and off of Tanaka of all people. On the season, Cano is hitting an eye-popping .333 and is 2 for 3 with 1 HR and 2 RBI for his career against Tepesch in a short sampling. Cano could have a big game tonight.
MLB Pick of the Day: Seattle -193 at 5 Dimes