We've had our first losing day since I don't know when. Today, the goal is to "jump right back into the pool" and provide the betting public with the winners that we've been providing all season long as this has been an outstanding season. It's Saturday's version of MLB Picks of the Day.
Joe C. Record 116-66 +55.96 Units
New York Mets at Colorado Rockies
Not Used to Playing In these Coors Shootouts
Although the New York Mets team is based around their outstanding pitching staff, they quickly realized yesterday that they were playing at Coors Field as they prevailed against the lowly Colorado Rockies, 14-9. I'm sure New York would much rather play in a 3-0 win, but a win is a win and they'll take it as they lead the Washington Nationals by 5 games in the National League East Division.
Yoenis Cespedes Breaks Out
Cespedes was the perfect fit that the Mets have been looking for. He want's to stay with the Mets after this season, but has had a bit of a problem getting on track; that was until yesterday,
Last night, Cespedes went 5 for 6 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. That's more than he's produced the entire time that he was with the Mets and that's more than a couple of weeks worth of work.
Cespedes has to feel confident going into tonight's game as he was 1 for 11 previous to yesterday's game. I know the Colorado wind air aided some of his production, but this can be the huge spring board that Cespedes and the Mets need for him in the final two months of the season.
Jonathan Niese gets the start for the Mets and although he's not considered one of the "Big 3" he's been pitching outstanding as of late, allowing 7 runs in his last 26 innings. This covers a span of 4 starts.
Niese has been very reliable. It's just a matter if he receives an adequate amount of run support. I don't think he'll have to worry about this issue at Coors Field. The pressure will be more on Niese to hold guys such as Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado in check because the Rockies hitters hit well at home despite their record of 49-71. Colorado's offense can go off at any time, but my money is on the Mets after yesterday.
Pick- New York Mets -121 at 5 Dimes 2 Unit Play
A Sucker For Zack Greinke
When the National League West Division leading Dodgers start Zack Greinke and are at MLB betting odds of -119, how can you not like them? I know that they're playing in Houston and the Astros have a superior offense and are also leading the American League West Division by 3.5 games, but Zack Greinke has been unhittable. Except for one poor outing, he's pitching like Bob Gibson in the late 60's used to pitch as his ERA is in the 1's. Can Jose Altuve and the Astros find a way to get Greinke off of his game?
How Good is He?
We know about his extended scoreless inning streak in which he attempted to chase down Orel Hersheiser, but Greinke has been the best pitcher in basball by a mile. So far this season, Greinke is 13-2 with a 1.58 ERA. He's held opposing batters to a .193 batting average, has struck out nearly a batter per inning, and has allowed just 8 home runs this season.
Greinke is back to his old tricks as he's allowed just 1 run in his last 13 innings. He's won his last 4 consecutive starts and has won 8 out of his last 9 starts with the other game being a no-decision. That is nearly perfect pitching and along with Clayton Kershaw, this dynamic duo will be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs despite having an average offense.
No Hitter For Fiers
One issue that the Dodgers will have to worry about is the Astros dominance at Minute Maid Park. They're 43-21 and that gives them a real home field advantage. Houston is also coming into this game with major momentum after newly acquired Mike Fiers shut out the Astros 3-0. Not only did he shut them out, he pitched a no hitter in just his 3rd start in an Astros uniform. Lack of offense has to be a concern for the Dodgers.
Houston contains power and speed. Last night, speed won out as Evan Gattis hit his 19th home run of the season. Greinke will definitely need to be cautious when facing the likes of Gattis, Altuve, and newly acquired Carlos Gomez. Even though the Astros managed a no-hitter, I'm siding with Zack Greinke and the Dodgers for my MLB pick in this highly contested matchup.
Pick- Los Angeles Dodgers -121 at 5 Dimes 2 UNIT PLAY