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A Good Spot For Hughes
You know we possibly may see a low scoring game as this matchup is being played in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. Phil Hughes has not been up to par as of late as his ERA has risen above 4.00,but he’s had some really tough pitching matchups.
Tonight, he gets a bit of a break as the Chicago White Sox aren’t a very overwhelming team offensively. Chicago has lost 2 straight games and 6 out of their last 10 games. This appears a good opportunity for Minnesota to climb out of the basement.
That said, Phil Hughes will need to step up in this spot. Since June 17th, Hughes has seen his earned run average climb from 3.09 to 4.06 in a little over a month’s period of time.
He’ll be looking for run support from Brian Dozier (19 HR ,47 RBI) and guys like Trevor Plouffe and Chris Colabello. Nobody on Minnesota is particularly hot at the moment. In yesterday’s lineup, Sam Fuld had the highest batting average of any Twin at .263 and that won’t get the job done most of the time.
The Chicago White Sox haven’t showed much offensively as of late, scoring 5 runs in their last 3 games, but they have a player by the name of Jose Abreu that can change the complexion of a baseball game with one swing of the bat.
Abreu is having a stellar season in 2014 as he leads the White Sox in most offensive categories. He has 29 HR, 74 RBI, and is batting .292. The only issue that concerns me with Abreu is that he’ll be playing in a tough park to hit home runs in the form of Target Field.
Look for Hughes to bounce back and playing in Target Field does help against a Chicago team that features a couple of sluggers in Abreu and Dunn. It’s difficult to believe that Adam Dunn has 455 home runs, but I don’t think that he’s getting into the hall of fame with his less than attractive career batting average and having one of the worst batting averages in a season 2 years back.
You’re safe laying the juice and taking Minnesota as your MLB betting pick in this less than appealing matchup.
MLB Pick: Minnesota -150 at 5 Dimes
No Harvey, No Problem
Both of these teams come into this game with momentum. The Mets have been able to win with great pitching. This is a team that can win 85 plus ball games next season when Matt Harvey comes back.
The Milwaukee Brewers have managed to temporarily secure the lead in the National League Central Division as they lead the St. Louis Cardinals by 2.5 games. Even though the Brewers recently hit a rough patch, they don’t seem to want to relinquish their lead in their respective division. Having hitters such as Gomez, Gennett, Davis, Braun, and Lucroy doesn’t hurt also.
New York might not have the offensive strength that Milwaukee has, but good pitching wins baseball games. In this case, you have a capable pitcher in Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92) who is coming off of a poor start after returning from injury. If Gee can return to his old form, the Mets can be a good price here.
Curtis Granderson has been out of the lineup with stomach issues, but Daniel Murphy, David Wright, and Lucas Duda are more than capable of carrying the offense. This game comes down to the pitching of Dillon Gee.
I’m going to take a risk an go for the upset here. I think Dillon Gee is a lot better pitcher than Matt Garza who got rocked in his last start and only lasted 1/3 of an inning.
Take Gee and the underdog Mets at Miller Park.
MLB Pick: Mets +143 at 5 Dimes