Let’s make it count with our MLB Picks of the Day.
The Giants have been one of the biggest disappointments in baseball this season. That said, the pain was lessened last night as Tim Lincecum pitched a dominant no-hitter in which he struck out 13 batters en route to a 9-0 demolition of the San Diego Padres. The Giants have won 3 straight games and look to make it 4 as they head into the All-Star Break.
San Francisco will try to get the job done with the ever so inconsistent Barry Zito (4-6, 4.62). Zito isn’t nearly as good as Lincecum, but he occasionally has come up with a gem or two. This afternoon, he gets to face a Padres team that can’t be feeling too good about themselves as they send Eric Stults (7-7, 3.50) to the mound.
Stults is coming off of a brilliant performance himself in which he pitched a complete game against the Rockies, allowing just a run on 4 hits. This should be an even pitching matchup, but the Giants have momentum on their side.
Hunter Pence has got to feel confident coming into this ball game. He’s had a slightly above average season at .265 with 14 HR, 48 RBI, and 14 SB and Pence was a key contributor in last night’s game.
He went 2 for 5 with a triple, a home run, and 5 runs batted in. Although the game was never in doubt, Pence put the exclamation point in sealing this game.
You get a great price with a San Francisco team with confidence. Take the live dog on Sunday.
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Sunday Night Baseball
I always try to give some Sunday Night Baseball action as it’s the only game going on at night and into the All-Star Break.
St. Louis Cardinals (56-36) at Chicago Cubs (42-50)
Difficulty In Holding Top Spot
St.Louis is in a deadlock tie for 1st place in the National League Central Division with the Pittsburgh Pirates and they would at least like to have a share of 1st place going into the break.
Wainwright To the Rescue
After a 6-4 loss to the Cubs last night, the Cards send their ace, Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.30,) to the mound and they have to feel confident any time that he steps to the rubber. The Cubbies counter with Travis Wood. The 6-6 record for Wood doesn’t really reflect on how good that he’s really been.
This is absolutely not the case as Wood has pitched to a sub 3.00 ERA and just hasn’t gotten the run support.
Wood has picked up only 1 win in his last 7 starts and hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in any of those starts. That’s pretty amazing how the inept Cubs lineup has let him down.
He’s coming off of a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Maybe that’s the “kick start” that he needs to start picking up some “W’s. Tonight is a big game as the Cubs are starting to reach respectability. Look for a good outing from Wood.
Matt Holiday didn’t play in last night’s game, but if able, you can expect to see him here. Although Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig have been the leaders on the red birds , Matt Holiday has a flair for the dramatics.
Holiday is a lifetime .300 hitter against the Cubs in 300 at-bats with 11 HR and 35 RBI and is hitting .304 in 23 career at-bats against Travis Wood with 2 HR and 4 RBI.
The Cards have been inconsistent, but you can’t go against Wainwright in this situation. The Cardinals also have by far the better offensive lineup, containing more depth. Look for St. Louis to remain in 1st place in the Central Division in the National League up until the All Star Break.
Let’s nail these two games and get into the All- Star Break on a positive note.