Joe C. Record
88-92 -30.32 Units
Washington Nationals (35-31) at St.Louis Cardinals (35-32)
The Strasburg Express
This is a very evenly matched ball game. Fortunately for the Nats, they’re in a much easier division and find themselves in a deadlock tie with the Atlanta Braves for the lead.
They send one of the best pitchers in baseball, when he’s confident, in Stephen Strasburg (6-4, 2.99) and the betting public can pick Strasburg up at very appealing odds as he’s on the road. This won’t be a cakewalk for Strasburg as Shelby Miller (7-5, 3.59) starts for the Cards and he’s considered an above average pitcher.
These two teams are very inconsistent offensively. Yesterday, they managed 1 run collectively as the Cardinals defeated the Nationals in a pitching duel won by Lance Lynn. Might we see more of the same today? Although Strasburg has the better stuff, Miller is coming off of a complete game 3 hit shutout of the Toronto Blue Jays. Before this outing, he hadn’t fared so well as he allowed 15 runs in the 17 previous innings (3 starts).
St. Louis has the better offense without Bryce Harper in the lineup for the Nats, but the Cards haven’t been a great run producer this season. They rank 25th in the league in runs and don’t possess a hitter over. 300 despite some of the great talents in their lineup.
Pick- Washington -127 at 5 Dimes (Payback with Strasburg)
Minnesota Twins (32-33) at Detroit Tigers (34-29)
Detroit has been on a downward trend lately as their offense hasn’t been as strong as it was for most of the season.
They’re coming off of a 2-0 loss to the Twins, but today is a different day and I love the way that starter Anibal Sanchez has been pitching lately. The Tigers have the ability to blow a team out of the stadium with Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. Now it’s just a matter of hitting well and getting solid starting pitching at the same time.
What stands out in this game is the consistent and outstanding pitching that Sanchez has recently displayed. He’s allowed 2 runs or fewer in 8 out of his last 9 starts and in the other start, he held his opponent to just 3 runs; that’s as good as it gets. Obviously, with the hard-hitting offense that Detroit possesses, this makes them a heavy betting favorite and a great choice for our MLB picks.
I’m not going to go off of one game in which Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez were held to just 1 hit combined; today is a different day. Overall, this combination has worked well as a back to back unit for Detroit as they’ve combined for a 28 home runs , 96 runs batted in and are both hitting .324 each.
The Tigers have a lot of hitters that can hurt an opposing team on any given day such as Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter and they have a major advantage in this game. This is not to slight the offense that Minnesota possesses. They have a much improved team with Josh Willingham back in the lineup, but Sanchez is the difference in this game.
2 Picks- Detroit -193
Detroit/Minnesota Under 8 at 5 Dimes