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Los Angeles Angels (43-45) at Chicago Cubs (39-48)
The Los Angeles Angels are definitely making their run towards respectability as they’re just 2 games below the .500 mark.
Tonight, Joe Blanton (2-10, 5.14) of the Halos takes on Travis Wood (5-6, 2.69) of the Cubbies. Wood has a great ERA, but has been unable to outpitch the opponent while Blanton has been a roller coaster with little run support .
Of course, the Wrigley winds are a factor, but look for a high scoring game as the Angels feature some of the most prolific hitters in the game headed by Mike Trout and the Cubs are coming off of a productive 8-2 victory against the White Sox.
The Potential is Still There
If Alfonso Soriano produces, this greatly enhances the Cubs' odds of winning. Soriano carries a heavy stick and he proved it once again last night with a 3-for-4 night with a home run and 4 runs scored. In his last 10 games, the veteran has flown under the radar. He’s 16 for 42 with 6 HR, 15 RBI, and 12 runs.
The Cubs could sure use some of his hot hitting against a team that features Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, and Albert Pujols The Angels have by far the better roster, but nobody is as hot as Soriano and expect him to make his imprint on this game.
Joe Blanton was finally starting to get his act together, but has reverted back to his old ways as he allowed 5 runs and 9 hits in his last start against the Cardinals, which lasted 5 2/3 innings.
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Washington Nationals (46-43) at Philadelphia Phillies (44-46)
Good Spot For Hamels
Cole Hamels (3-11, 4.38) has been a flatout disaster this season, but this game appears to be a good spot for the left-hander. He faces a pitcher in Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.70) with just 2 starts under his belt.
Hamels has owned the Nats in the past and can pitch the entire 9 innings while Jordan isn’t fully equipped to give the Nationals more than 5 or 6 innings per start. Hamels is a career 13-6 with a 2.64 ERA in 25 starts against the Nationals.
The Phillies are coming off of a 3-2 victory over Washington and are sneaking up on the Nats, attempting to overtake them for 2nd place in the National League East Division.
Solid 1-2 Punch
Philly features the combination of Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins at the top of the lineup. Both of these players are filled with speed and if they can get on base like yesterday, they can be difference makers.
Rollins, a former NL MVP, was 2 for 4 with a run, stolen base, and an RBI yesterday. Revere was 3 for 5 with a stolen base.
Revere is quietly having a super season. He has no power whatsoever, but makes up for it with his ability to score runs and get on base. He’s 11 for his last 23 and is hitting .300 on the season with 21 stolen bases. Revere is a superb pickup from Minnesota and can possibly be a difference maker in this game along with Cole Hamels.
MLB Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -133 at Bet365
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