Joe C. Record
51-63 -30.61 Units
Momentum is a crazy thing and right now, it’s certainly not in our favor as we lose with Stephen Strasburg and another ace bites the dust. Judge me at the end of the season as I intend to “tighten up this ship” with 5 months remaining in the MLB Season. Let’s get to the free picks!
New York Yankees (23-20) at Chicago Cubs (15-27)
34 Consecutive Decisions!
In my mind, this is a streak like Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak; it appears unobtainable. Masahiro Tanaka (6-0, 2.17) has come over from Japan and proven the New York Yankees right in giving him such a huge contract.
Tanaka has two more things working for him tonight at Wrigley Field. He’s playing a year in, year out lousy team in the Chicago Cubs and he’s coming off of a masterful performance against the New York Mets at CitiField in the Subway Series.
In his last
start, Tanaka pitched 114 pitches, went the entire 9 innings, and allowed just
4 hits while striking out 8 batters in dominating the Mets. This was by far,
Tanaka’s best performance in the pinstripes and he appears to be the best
pitcher in baseball.
When Will Tanaka Lose a Game ?
It’s inevitable that sooner or later Masahiro Tanaka will lose a game, but it won’t be tonight. The Cubs are in their usual spot, last place in the National League Central Division, and are already 10.5 games behind the division leading Milwaukee Brewers. Offensively, the Cubs have steadily gotten worse. They rank 25th in the majors in runs, 27th in batting average, and 27th in on-base percentage. This should be an easy victory for Tanaka and the Yankees.
Yangervis Solarte spent many years in the minor leagues and is making the most of his opportunity in the majors. Solarte has been the best Yankee thus far and is competing for a batting title; simply amazing.
On the season,
Solarte has 5 HR, 24 RBI and is batting .313. He could be a factor in this game
as there appears to be no drop-off in his play.
MLB Pick: 2 Bets: Yankees -164, and Under 7.5 at 5 Dimes
Cincinnati Reds (20-23 ) at Washington Nationals (23-21)
Steadily Creeping Up
Ever since a poor start to the season, the Cincinnati Reds have slowly started to move up the National League Central Division. They’ve done this with injured players and players that aren’t performing up to their standards in Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. The pitching has been a huge help and tonight they send their ace to the mound against an injury-riddled Washington Nationals squad.
It Doesn’t Matter…
It doesn’t matter that the Reds are hitting just .241 and are ranked 28th in the league in runs because their starter, Johnny Cueto, has been keeping the opposition guessing and has been simply been unhittable.
Thus far this season, Cueto is 4-2 with a 1.25 ERA. The run support that he’s been getting has been pathetic. Tonight, Cueto faces a team in the Nats that are battling injuries and the Reds really only need to put up a few runs to win the game. I expect them to do so.
MLB Pick: 2 Bets: Cincinnati -103 at 5 Dimes, and Under 7 -154 (Buying a ½ run)
Good luck, everyone!