Sunday Night Baseball
Believe it or not, the Los Angeles Dodgers actually have a better record than Boston , but are coming off of a 4-2 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday. Will this factor into our MLB picks today?
The Dodgers have won an amazing 46 out of their last 57 games. You’ll never see a run like this for decades. That said, are they the real deal? I have a feeling that they’ve peaked at the wrong time and can be out quickly in the playoffs; time will tell.
Aside from a couple of good starts that starter Jake Peavy (9-5, 4.25) has had with the Red Sox since coming over from the White Sox, he has owned the Los Angeles Dodgers. Peavy is a lifetime 13-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 24 career starts against the Dodgers. That’s as good as any one pitcher will pitch against a respective team.
This will definitely come into play as the Red Sox need this game; they’re tied for the American League East Division lead with the Tampa Bay Rays and home field is very important, especially after the American League won the All-Star Game and possesses home field advantage in the Fall Classic.
These two teams are very similar as they contain a lot of “gamers”. There’s no real power or difference maker here except for David Ortiz and he didn’t play yesterday. This should be a game where guys like Jacoby Ellsbury and Hanley Ramirez take centerstage and show off their ability to find a way to get on base and use their overall speed in general . Don’t expect a lot of runs to be scored here and with Peavy and Capuano, I expect a repeat performance of last night.
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Free Picks- Red Sox -109 at Bet 365
Red Sox/Dodgers UNDER 8 (only play the total if you can get it at 8. I prefer not to buy ½ run here. Different sportsbooks are offering the total at anywhere from 7.5 to 8 runs)
Both of these teams have reversed roles as the Giants are usually the teams to win divisions and World Series, while the Pirates pack it in before the season’s over.
Not this year. Pittsburgh is games away from breaking a streak that extends to 2 consecutive decades of losing seasons. Not only that, the Pirates are 23 games above.500 and are tied for the National League Central Division lead with St. Louis. This is an important game for the Bucs, who are on the road, while the Giants look to finish out the string in a disaster of a season.
Yesterday, Tim Lincecum and the Giants were able to pull off a 6-2 offense against the Pirates as ace Francisco Liriano allowed 4 runs and 9 hits in just 4 innings. Will the momentum from yesterday’s game carry over to today for S.F.?
A.J. Burnett gets the ball for the Pirates and he might want to re-think his retirement declaration because now he’s on a team with potential to go to the World Series. Burnett has been inconsistent all season, but has pitched well for his career against the Giants. He’s a lifetime 6-2 with a dazzling 1.95 ERA in 8 career starts against the Giants.
Burnett will be facing a Giants lineup in which each of their top 8 hitters picked up at least one hit in yesterday’s game. Buster Posey led the pack with a 3 for 5 day and a run batted in. Posey is the leader of the Giants at .305, but has been unable to show any power lately.
San Francisco’s lineup is filled with 2nd or 3rd tier players who have limited power but have the ability to get on base. Although Burnett has owned S.F., he’s definitely vulnerable here.
Free Pick- Pittsburgh -128 at Bet 365 ( I dislike taking the favorite, but Pittsburgh has everything to play for and San Francisco would like to forget about this season.)
Good luck, everyone!