Joe C. Record
9-7 +0.23 Units
I haven’t managed to find that big underdog yet but still have managed to fight back and get on the plus side. Patience is the name of the game when we’re talking about a sport that covers half of the year.
Cincinnati Reds (2-4) at St. Louis Cardinals (3-3)
Cingrani vs. Wacha- Part 2
These two pitchers meet up again with Tony Cingrani getting the best of Michael Wacha on April 2nd, 1-0.
It’s been all downhill for the Cincinnati Reds ever since then. That said, I don’t see a reason why we don’t see the same type of pitcher’s duel? These are two up and coming pitchers and neither of these teams has hit their stride offensively.
The Cardinals, who will probably fight it out with Pittsburgh for the NL Central Division again, are coming off of a 2-1 loss to Pitt on Sunday while the Reds defeated the Mets 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel at CitiFIeld. The Reds are ranked 28th in the league in runs, 26th in batting average and 23rd in on-base percentage while the Redbirds rank 25th in runs, a 29th in batting average at a pathetic .186, and 28th in on-base percentage. We don’t need to get into the specifics; there’s nothing in this game that would deter me from taking the under.
Pick- St. Louis/Cincinnati Under 6.5 at Bet 365
Texas Rangers (3-3) at Boston Red Sox
Slow Start For the Champs
It’s only 6 games, but the Red Sox usually excel at Fenway Park and have yet to win a ball game there this season. That all might change as John Lackey (1-0, 3.00) faces Tanner Scheppers (0-0, 15.75). Scheppers had a good run in the majors in a short sampling until opening day this season in which he was knocked around for 7 runs and 8 hits in 4 innings in a no-decision against Philadelphia in a game that produced 24 runs.
Lackey is a slightly above average experienced pitcher that can come up big when the Sox need him to. Normally, they’ll get 6 solid innings out of him and that’s just what happened on April 2nd when Lackey defeated the Baltimore Orioles, allowing 2 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings of work in a 3-0 shutout.
Alex Rios and Elvis Andrus
While Prince Fielder (.167, 0 HR, 1 RBI) and Adrian Beltre (.238, 0 HR, 2 RBI) have gotten off to really slow starts, Andrus and Rios have carried this team going a collective 16 for 47 with 2 HR, 8 RBI and hitting .341.
For Texas to be a winning squad and expect to be able to compete with a team of the caliber of Boston, they must start hitting. Thus far, Shin Soo-Choo hasn’t made the impact that the Rangers thought he would either. Texas could be in for a long day.
Usually when you heard the word sweep, it’s the Red Sox getting the brooms out, but in this case, Boston was swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in their 3 game weekend series and were outscored 17-8. Without Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, this certainly isn’t the team that we saw putting up double figures late last season against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
While Dustin Pedroia (.357) and Big Papi (1 HR, 3 RBI, .318) have gotten off to fairly good starts, Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava have hit a collective 6 for 44 with no home runs and no runs batted in. A good performance from John Lackey will be needed in this game because Tanner Scheppers first outing of the season could’ve been a fluke.
At 2-4, the Red Sox are definitely not deserving of being such a great favorite of -170 as they are at Bet 365 Sportsbook. Look for Scheppers to bounce back and for this game to be relatively low scoring.
Pick- Boston/Texas Under 9 at Bet 365
Good luck, everyone!