Joe C. Record
41-48 -19.77 Units
Sunday Night Baseball
St. Louis Cardinals (18-19) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (16-20)
These two teams fought tooth and nail last season for the National League Central Division crown and this season, neither team has been able to crack .500.
With the personnel that the Cardinals carry, this is kind of a mystery. They have good pitching and hitting, but the offense isn’t playing to the same level that they did last season. In Pittsburgh’s case, they’re simply not deep enough offensively and a lot of the burden is put on the shoulders of Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker.
Hard Luck Loser
Today’s starting pitching matchup is fairly even as St. Louis sends Shelby Miller (4-2, 3.20) to the mound while Pittsburgh sends out the very unlucky Charlie Morton (0-4, 3.45).
Morton is still looking for his first win of the season and has pitched quite well. Unfortunately for him, he’s received no run support. This season, he’s received 3 runs of less of support in 6 out of 7 starts. Asking a pitcher to win under those circumstances is a lot to ask of anyone.
Little Man, Big Numbers
One player that I never worry about taking PED’s is superstar Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen will most likely never hit 40 home runs, but is a 5-tool player, has a lot of pop in his bat, and has carried Pittsburgh’s below average offensive squad. So far this season, McCutchen is batting .319 with 4 HR, 18 RBI, and 4 SB. Along with that McCutchen knows how to draw a walk. His on-base percentage is an attractive .427. He’s definitely one of the players that Pittsburgh will look to on national television against the hated rival redbirds.
This game is pretty much a toss up, but I think Charlie Morton is due for some run support at home. Take the Pirates as your pick.
MLB Pick: Pittsburgh -104 at 5 Dimes
San Francisco Giants (23-14) vs. Los
Angeles Dodgers (20-18)
Clayton Kershaw has picked up right where he left off last season. In two starts, he’s been nearly perfect at 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA.
Unlike the past, Kershaw has a very formidable lineup in the form of Dee Gordon, Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, and Carl Crawford supporting him. Now that’s a long list of above average hitters. With all of this support, L.A. has still managed just be 2 games over .500. Expect Kershaw to come out full force against the National League West Division leading Giants.
How Do They Do It?
Year after year, the Giants manage to lead the division. Last year was a rarity as this team has always been the team to beat where the National League West Division is concerned. The Giants win with their pitching and I always say that good pitching wins ball games. This season is no different.
The Giants are coming off of a 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, but today they send a much more formidable pitcher to the rubber in veteran Tim Hudson (4-2, 1.99).
For his career, Hudson is has accrued 209 wins and is nearly 100 games over .500. Even though the Dodgers carry a heavy stick, today’s matchup will be all about the pitching of two superstars in Kershaw and Hudson.
It’s very difficult to take the under when the run total is just 6 runs. I’m not willing to buy any runs and I’m going to rely on these two top level starters; take the under.
MLB Pick: Los Angeles/San Francisco Under 6 at 5 Dimes
Good luck, everyone!