Joe C. Record
73-79 -27.81 Units
We had two well thought out winners as the Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez outlasted the New York Yankees and the underdog Pirates took care of business out on the West Coast against the San Diego Padres.
Pittsburgh Pirates (27-30) vs. San
Diego Padres (26-32)
Bucs Are Playing With Confidence
West coast trips can be killers for some east coast teams, but after the Pittsburgh Pirates beat possibly the hottest and most consistent pitcher in the game in Zack Greinke on Sunday Night Baseball, they’ve carried over their own momentum and defeated the Padres on Monday night, 10-3.
Now, they have one of their best pitchers taking the rubber in Gerrit Cole (5-3, 3.80). If the Pirates can defeat the Pads with Charlie Morton, they should be able to take care of business here as San Diego starter, Jesse Hahn, makes his first appearance in the majors.
The Pirates mostly rely on the reigning MVP of the league in Andrew McCutchen, but if “McCutch” has a sub-standard game like he did last night, there’s usually someone to pick up the load.
Last night, it was pitcher Charlie Morton and shortstop Jody Mercer. The light-handed hitting shortstop had a monster game as he went 4 for 5 with 4 runs ,1 HR and 2 RBI. Usually you’ll see Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, or Pedro Alvarez “pick up the torch”, but the .217 hitting Mercer showed why he belongs at the major league level.
San Diego’s offense is one of the worst in the league as they rank 30th in batting average, runs scored, and on-base percentage. If Gerrit Cole gives Pittsburgh the pitching that they need, Pittsburgh should be able to come away with another west coast win.
MLB Pick: Pittsburgh -117 at 5 Dimes
New York Mets (28-29) vs. Chicago Cubs
Why Can’t the Mets Win Another?
People keep underestimating the Mets and they’ve won 7 out of their last 10 game and 3 games straight. You hear around the forums that Bartolo Colon is a fastball pitcher and the Phillies are going to tag him for a ton of runs and Colon ends up pitching a 2nd straight outstanding performance.
Not only that, Daniel Murphy and David Wright have finally gotten their bats going as they went a collective 4 for 9 with 4 runs in yesterday’s game as the Mets defeated the Phillies 11-2. New York is playing with confidence and the change in hitting coach has seemed to solve their problem.
Tonight, the Mets send Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) to the mound. At times, Wheeler has struggled, but the guy has amazing stuff and is coming off of an outstanding performance in his last start. In that start, he gave up just 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 9 batters in 6 1/3 innings. Sometimes Wheeler’s ability to strike out batters backfires on the bullpen as his pitch count rises quite rapidly. Nonetheless, Wheeler should have no problem as he faces the bottom-feeding Cubbies at Wrigley Field.
Just like San Diego, Chicago can’t hit the baseball effectively. They rank near the bottom of the league in most offensive statistical categories. Chicago is coming off of a 9-0 beating at the hands of the hard-hitting Milwaukee Brewers in which their ace, Jeff Samardzija, couldn’t save them. Will Jake Arrieta, who has a 5.11 career ERA, save the Cubs? I don’t think so. Take the Mets.
MLB Pick: Mets -101 at 5 Dimes