Joe C. Record
28-31 -11.47 Units
Miami Marlins (10-13) vs. New York Mets (13-10)
The Amazins Are Back!
The New York Mets have put up a good fight at the start of the season and this is without their ace, Matt Harvey, who will be out for the entire year.
New York is coming off of a 4-3 victory over Miami as Zack Wheeler put up 6 strong innings and the bullpen couldn’t keep up their end of the bargain. Luckily for the Mets, they were able to come back and squeeze out a victory. New York has won 7 out of their last 10 games and appears to have an advantage in starting pitching where today’s game is concerned.
He’s not a household name, but the results speak for themselves. Mejia has had 3 out of 4 quality starts and has allowed 1 run or less in 3 of those starts. Overall, he’s 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA. Mejia is also holding opposing hitters to just a .193 BA this season; nobody could’ve expected this.
Miami has one of the better offensive teams in the league and counters with Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.14). Slowey hasn’t provided many innings for Miami this season, playing a combined reliever and starter role. In the innings that he has pitched, he’s been average at best. New York definitely has the advantage with momentum on their side, a good starting pitching, and home-field advantage.
This has been a weak hitting Mets club and they’ll need the consistency from David Wright and Daniel Murphy, who are both hitting over .280. Neither player has found the power with just 1 home run combined, but have managed to come up with 21 runs batted in and Wright is coming off of a big game on Friday. Place your pick on the Mets on Saturday.
MLB Pick: Mets -132 at 5 Dimes
Chicago Cubs (7-15) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (17-6)
Everything appears to be going right for Milwaukee this season. Their pitching has improved dramatically and the top of their order has been tearing the cover off of the baseball. Many people don’t like Carlos Gomez’s attitude, but his play on the field has been exceptional. Ryan Braun has turned a tragic story into a success and Braun’s leadership along with good pitching have been the difference for the Brew Crew this season.
A Complete 360
People think of Ryan Braun for his denial in PED usage and actually putting an innocent man’s job in jeopardy, but after serving his suspension, Braun has been a model citizen and had been a superstar on the field.
Braun personally called Brewers season ticket holders and apologized for what he had done and it appears that the Milwaukee faithful have forgiven him. He’s also rewarded them with a productive season as Milwaukee has dominated their first 23 games this season.
On the season, Braun is hitting .321 with 6 HR and 18 RBI. He’s also coming off of a huge 3 for 4 performance last night with a run, a run batted in, and a stolen base. In his last 2 games, Braun is 5 for 7 with 2 RBI’s. Even though good pitching has won Milwaukee games, they couldn’t do it without the amazing Ryan Braun.
The Brewers look to beat up on a bottom-feeder in the Chicago Cubs. Let’s face it, folks, this team has been historically awful, not having been to a World Series in over 100 years and it doesn’t look like they’ll be going to one anytime soon.
The one that Chicago has going for them tonight is their starting pitcher, Travis Wood (1-2, 2.52). Will Chicago provide enough offense is the question?
MLB Pick: Milwaukee -153 at 5 Dimes
Good luck, everyone!