The quality of pitching in the MLB is very high on this Tuesday. Might we see a lot of low scoring games as good pitching is the key to winning baseball games? Stand by as we provide you with our take on today's games with a couple of winning picks.
Joe C Record - 52-31 +18.07 Units
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels vs. the Brewers Offense
We took this matchup yesterday and won as the Brewers prevailed after trailing and getting off to a slow start. Tonight, we're going to switch off as Cole Hamels (5-6, 3.26) get's the start for the Fightin Phils against Taylor Jungmann.
While Philadelphia has the worst record in the league at 27-51, the Milwaukee Brewers are not far behind at 30-48 and if Hamels, who hasn't been given an adequate amount of run support all season long, can get a little assistance from his offense at home, the Phillies should be able to squeeze out a victory in this mismatch of starting pitchers.
In yesterday's game, Philly had a 4-1 lead, but gave up the lead as they allowed 6 consecutive runs. Tonight, they need to get that same offensive support as I think that Hamels has the ability to sustain the lead and he's quite capable of going very deep into games with a high pitch count.
Philadelphia is a team starving for runs and for someone to take control. We already know that leadoff man, Ben Revere (.289) is quite capable of getting on base and Mikael Franco has shown signs of being a legitimate hitter, but the Phils need more.
A good place to start is with left fielder, Cody Asche. Asche has had a limited amount of at-bats this season, but he's started to his as of late and his batting average is starting to steadily increase. Asche has hit safely in 8 out of his last 9 games and is 9 for his last 22 at-bats. I'm not saying Asche is a game-changer, but the Phillies need to add some depth to this team and Asche has shown signs of life.
We must remember that Hamels has had enough in Philadelphia. Hard enough it is to believe as he's not a fan of New York, Hamels has had interest in playing for the Yankees, therefore he's going to put forth his best effort to impress. Look for Philadelphia to even up this series with your MLB pick.
MLB Pick- Philadelphia Phillies -120 at 5Dimes
Home Sweet Home
The New York Mets are like Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to playing on the road and playing in the friendly confines of CitiFIeld. Although you wouldn't know it by the poor play of Lucas Duda, the fences have been moved in, making it a bit more tolerable for the hitters and no so much of a pitcher's park. It's unfortunate for David Wright, who has been injured. This is what he's been looking for all along and now that the fences are actually at a respectable distance, Wright has to watch from the dugout or at home; wherever it may be.
Pitching For a Spot in the 6-Man Rotation
The Mets are at no shortage of pitching as they're going to a 6-man rotation. That said, guys like Jonathan Niese (3-7, 4.12) may feel a bit of pressure to pitch better as he doesn't want to be sent to the minors or even a possible trade. Niese has pitched well for the Mets in the past and although he hasn't been terrible, slightly above the 4.00 mark where earned run average is concerned, he hasn't had a good season.
Niese is 0-5 in his last 8 starts and although he's kept the Mets in a lot of those ball game, the offense has been invisible, The numbers don't lie. He needs a win desperately.
Tonight could be the night as a much improved Chicago Cubs team with rookie Kris Bryant (10 HR, 43 RBI, .273) invade CitiField. Bryant was all-world in spring training and has somewhat calmed down, but this is a legitimate future star that might possibly help the Cubs break their streak of not winning a World Series in over 100 years.
The Cubs have been playing very poorly and Bryant is only 3 for his last 18, but maybe playing the Mets will wake the rookie up as he's 6 for 14 with 2 HR and 4 RBI's against the Mets.
This is a tale of two teams who are currently going in opposite directions as the Mets have won 4 straight games and the Cubs have lost 5 straight games. That said, I'm not 100% confident in Niese and the Cubs have a far superior offense with Anthony Rizzo leading the way.
The Mets aren't getting much respect here, especially against a team which has lost 5 straight games, but I'm forced to take the Mets as the MLB odds are very appealing.
MLB Pick- New York Mets +109 at 5Dimes