It's Columbus Day and that means a full slate of MLB games as the playoff scenario is shaping up. These are crucial games as some teams can close it out & the others could go home.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs: Looking For the Edge
The Chicago Cubs actually know that the St.Louis Cardinals are the better baseball team and in a situation like this, the inferior squad will strategically place their ace in this spot, hoping to give them the edge,
They naturally assume that Jake Arrieta, who will be the NL Cy Young winner and has won his last 12 decisions, will win this game, putting the Cubs up 2-1 and that will give the Cubbies 2 chances at closing out the Cards and will put the pressure on the team with the best record in the regulars season. First, Arrieta has to pitch well. We naturally assume that he'll win every game.
An Amazing Run
Do you realize that Arrieta has allowed just 4 earned runs in his last 97 innings? He closed out the regular season strong. He then sent the Pittsburgh Pirates packing as he pitched an excpeitonal game while allowing 5 hits and striking out 12 batters. I haven't seen a player pitch better since Orel Hersheiser. The question is how long can he keep this up? He's facing the Cardinals, a team that's won multiple World Series in the past half decade and eventually Arrieta will give up a run.
The Cubs are coming off of a huge game 2 in which they scored 5 runs in the 2nd inning and basically set the tone for the game against St. Louis as Jorge Soler homered in this game and Dexter Fowler also had a solid effort. One thing that Chicago can't like is that their big hitters in Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant have been held hitless in the series. In order for Chicago to win, this tandem must get it going.
The Cardinals main players haven't been much better as the trio of Matt Carpenter (.143), Matt Holliday (.125), and Yadier Molina (.167). have all hit under..200. The situation is right for a Cubbies win at home and with the hottest pitcher in the major leagues in Jake Arrieta starting.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets: Prove Yourself!
Matt Harvey is a top-level pitcher in this league, but there is a lot of baggage that comes with him and that can be tasking to a team at times. Jacob deGrom did his job against Clayton Kershaw and now Harvey gets an easier oppotunity as the Mets play at home tied 1-1 and the Mets are a dominant team at CitiField. If Harvey is pitching well, like I expect he will, will there be an innings restriction? If there is, the Mets should get rid of him. This is the time of the year that baseball players live for.
In game 2, the Mets got out to a 2-0 lead, but it didn't hold up as the Dodgers came roaring back to save their season. Remember, the Dodgers are a team with very little offense.
Thus far in this series, Howie Kendrick (.375) and Justin Turner (.500) have been the key players offensively. Gonzo must give this team more than he's been giving because he has the highest upside as a Major League star. The Dodgers have been relying on guys like Kiko Hernandez and a Chase Utley dirty play to get past the superior Mets.This is the problem with one of L.A's top two starters such as Clayton Kershaw losing a game. The Mets have complete advantage as their pitching rotation is much deeper and it doesn't hurt that Curtis Granderson is hitting .667. Look for the Mets to win this game and put pressure on Los Angeles.
MLB Pick: New York Mets -167 at 5Dimes