It’s a bit of an abbreviated schedule on the last Monday in July. It’s time for free picks of the Day.
Both of these teams have been huge disappointments as much more was expected from them this season.
The Rangers have lost 8 out of their last 10 games while the Angels have lost 3 consecutive games. To make things worse for Los Angeles is that Albert Pujols could be out for the season with a foot injury.
Partially Tore Plantar Fascitis
A plantar fasciitis injury is the worst and most painful foot injury that any person can get. If Pujols’ assessment is partially torn, this should be the end of his season.
It’s not like he’s been a super acquisition from St.Louis. Pujols has been one of the worst signings in the majors aside from the notorious A ROD contract. The only thing negative about the loss of Pujols is that the Angels lose a guy that has won the big one.
Weaver vs. Garza
Jered Weaver (5-5, 2.98) can tell you about injuries as he just broke the 3.00 ERA plateau. Weaver has finally started to return to his old dominant form. He’s coming off of 2 consecutive shutout wins and has allowed just 6 runs in his last 6 starts (41 innings).
The Angels playoff chances are minute, trailing by 8.5 games for the 2nd and final playoff spot. A start from Weaver equals a must win situation for L.A. and this could be a great spot for them as the Rangers have fallen apart.
Someone that might have something to say about the Rangers “packing it in” is starter Matt Garza (1-0,0.00). Garza pitched shutout ball in his only start for the Rangers and has had a spectacular season in the National League with the pathetic Chicago Cubs.
In his last 7 starts, Garza has not allowed more than 2 runs in any start. He has won 6 straight decision and has allowed 8 runs in his last 51 innings. He will be tested by the likes of MikeTrout and Josh Hamilton as Hamilton faces his old team.
The Total is 8 Runs?
I love the UNDER as a HUGE play! Both of these pitchers are on fire and 8 runs are way too much. I’m making this as one of my biggest plays of the season.
St. Louis Cardinals (62-40) at Pittsburgh Pirates (61-42)
This series is huge as both teams fight it out for the NL Central Division Title. The Pirates haven’t even had a winning season in 2 decades and it doesn’t look like they’re going to collapse this year like they did last season.
Both teams bring their big guns to the mound as the Cards start Jake Westbrook (7-4, 2.95) and he’ll be opposed by Francisco Liriano (10-4, 2.23). Both teams can hit, but expect a pitcher’s duel in this game.
Liriano has pitched 5 quality outings in his last 6 starts. In those 5 quality outings, he allowed 2 runs once and 1 runs on 4 separate occasion. Liriano is locked and ready as he faces one of the toughest lineups in the majors that sports Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran and company. The Cards offense is unstoppable themselves and can turn a 3-2 game into a 13-2 game in 2 innings or less.
On the flipside, you have a starter in Jake Westbrook that has pitched merely average as of late. To make things worse, he’s a career 1-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Pirates. This appears to be Pittsburgh’s year.
Aside from being one of the best power hitters in the majors this season, Alvarez has owned Westbrook. He’s a lifetime 12 for 21 with 2 HR and 8 RBI versus Westbrook and this could prove to be trouble for St. Louis.
Both teams are coming off losses and odds makers have the Pirates as a rather high -151 favorites. I do like the Pirates, but the betting odds are too high. I’m going to skip over to 5 Dimes Sportsbook to buy some runs. I want to buy an entire run and that will cost me. Buy the run for insurance.
Free Pick- St.Louis/Pittsburgh UNDER 8 -165 ( Buying 1 run) at 5 Dimes
Good luck, everyone!