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Washington Nationals (74-69) at New York Mets (64-78)
Inconsistent Group Of Guys
The Washington Nationals can be a frustrating team to a sports bettor (and his MLB picks) since their offense is often non-existent and other times -like yesterday- they pound out 5 home runs en route to a 9-0 victory over New York.
The Nats are 7 games behind Cincinnati with 19 games remaining for the final wild card berth in the National League. Can the Nationals pick up some ground by beating up on a depleted team like New York?
Dillon Gee To The Rescue?
To make things worse for the Nats, starter Dillon Gee has been pitching the best baseball of his career.
In his last 10 starts, Gee has allowed four runs twice and 2 runs or less in every other start. He’s also coming off of two brilliant starts; a one-run gem against the division leading Atlanta Braves and a victory over these same Nationals on August 30th. The question is with the Nationals hitting so well lately and Jordan Zimmerman (16-8, 3.30) starting for them tonight, can the Mets offense bring anything to the table?
After last night’s game in which even leadoff man ,Denard Span, is hitting home runs, you would have to agree that the Mets are at quite a disadvantage offensively. The Mets have an inconsistent bunch of young players and this is a great spot for Washington to attempt to pick up some ground on teams ahead of them in the standings.
Milwaukee Brewers (62-80) at St. Louis Cardinals (83-60)
Great Spot For St.Louis
The pitching matchup in Shelby Miller (12-9, 3.19) vs. Wily Peralta (9-14, 4.51) puts the Cards in a great spot, but this timely series against a weak Milwaukee club, even puts the Cardinals in a better position as they lead the Pittsburgh Pirates by just 1 game for the National League Central Division title.
The Cards and the Pirates have been flip-flopping where the lead is concerned for a solid few months. St. Louis is coming off of a convincing 9-2 victory over the Bucs, sparked by the brilliant pitching of Michael Wacha, and now is the time, after a day off, to start to separate themselves from the other teams with an opportunity against Milwaukee.
Miller will need some assistance from the St. Louis offense as he’s been struggling as of late. He’s pitched just 10 innings in his last 2 starts and allowed 8 runs on 14 hits. That said, those two outings were against two tough teams in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Milwaukee is a major downgrade and look for the 22 year old to pitch with some confidence at home, against a team that ranks 22nd in the majors in runs scored.
I’ve said this many times; St. Louis has the deepest combination of power and timely hitting from Matt Carpenter at the leadoff position to David Freese, who has delivered in the post-season in the past.
Milwaukee is coming off of 2 consecutive victories and will rely upon the meat of their order in Lucroy, Ramirez, and Gomez. From 1-5, this is an above average hitting team; it’s the pitching and lower half of Milwaukee’s offense that’s their downfall. Mind the MLB odds when making your picks.
(The Cards are the better team, have more incentive to win and Milwaukee’s pitching is awful.)
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