The MLB Pitching matchups take a dramatic drop in quality as they always do on Tuesday. Could this mean that we should expect some high scoring matchups tonight? Let’s highlight a few matchups that could possibly hold great value for our MLB picks tonight.
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Chewed Up and Spit Out
It will be interesting to see how the Rays recover from a disappointing loss to the Red Sox yesterday, as the Sox scored 6 runs on 7 hits in the 1st inning alone against starter Alex Cobb.
Cobb finally settled down and pitched quite nicely, but by then he had thrown too many pitches and the magic number was 100.
Eventually the Rays made a game of it, as they actually sent this game into extra innings, but Boston managed to beat them in 14 by the score of 10-8.
The Boston Red Sox rank number 1 in offense in the majors and there are no weak spots. It was actually funny to see a pitcher of Cobb’s caliber get battered around, as he tried to paint around the corners in fear of another Red Sox hit.
Little Man, Big Stats
Big Papi took the day off with a 0 for 4 day, but Dustin Pedroia keeps attacking the baseball. Pedroia is regarded as the leader in the clubhouse and is also displaying it on the field. He’s hitting a team leading .331 with 4 HR, 37 RBI, and 9 SB. Pedroia is currently on a 15 game hitting streak and opposing pitchers are showing an extra caution with him that they didn’t show before.
In tonight’s game, Boston appears to have the pitching edge, as Jon Lester (6-2, 3.60) takes on the Rays’ Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 5.03). Lester is coming off of an average outing in which he gained a no decision after giving up 3 runs in 6 innings to the Texas Rangers.
Hernandez, on the other hand, picked up the loss in his last start against the Detroit Tigers in which he allowed 4 runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
The Rays have many capable hitters of their own, with Evan Longoria leading the way.
Neither pitcher stands out here and the offenses are top rate. The total for this game is 8 runs. Let’s take the over in this spot.
Pick- Boston/Tampa Bay OVER 8 at Bet 365
Possible Great vs. Past Great
Gerrit Cole takes the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they face the once electric Tim Lincecum (4-5, 4.75) and the San Francisco Giants. This is Cole’s major league debut. He has a fastball in the upper 90’s and Baseball America ranks him the 7th best prospect coming into the season.
Lincecum, on the other hand, was a once great superstar starting pitcher in the majors that has become merely average when it comes to league standings. That being said, Timmy has the capability of shutting out a team at any time and the Pirates offense is rather weak with Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen leading the way.
The Giants are steadily creeping up towards the top in the National League West Division as they trail Arizona by just 2 games and have won their last two ball games.
The Pirates are coming off of a disappointing 4-1 loss to the Cubbies and are in one of the toughest divisions in baseball, the National League Central. The Bucs might have to focus their attention on a wild card berth if things continue this way, but this is a team that hasn’t had a winning record in 20 years!
Pittsburgh’s offense has seen much of Lincecum in the past. Neil Walker is the only Pirate to hit over .300 against Lincecum and that’s in only 4 at-bats.
Lincecum has been quite inconsistent, but is coming off of a strong start in which he picked up the victory against Toronto while allowing just 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings.
San Francisco is on the road and their hitters have never seen Cole before, but Pittsburgh’s offense is quite weak and I think that experience wins out in this game. For the second of our free picks, we will take the Giants as the dog against an unproven pitcher.
Pick- San Francisco +115 at Bet 365
Good Luck, everyone. Let’s cash this!