We got a nice easy win last night with the Pirates and Gerrit Cole shining in pitcher-friendly Petco Park in a relatively calm 4-1 win. The win was the Pirates tenth in their last 14 games. Likewise, the Cincinnati Reds got an easy 8-3 win as the three-year slide of Tim Lincecum continues. Ironically, the Giants have been here before with high-priced former Cy Young winners struggling season after season. They went through the same thing with Barry Zito as well, yet this team still has the best record in baseball and World Series championships under their belt. Regardless, the win was the fourth in a row for the Reds and suddenly a pair of reigning playoff teams are waking up a bit, which could make a for a fun division race soon. Each picked up a game on the leaders with Milwaukee and St. Louis their Interleague games last night.
There are some really great matchups on the schedule again today with the Blue Jays and Tigers going at it again, the Yankees and A’s, the Red Sox trying to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of their former manager, Terry Francona. So let’s dig through a crowded schedule today and see if we can build a little winning streak momentum.
Today’s Free Pick:
Oakland A’s -143 at New York Yankees +135 (Total: 9)
Jesse Chavez (4-3, 2.78) vs. Vidal Nuno (1-2, 5.48 ERA)
The A’s are pretty solid road favorites tonight. But I still think they have some good value facing Vidal Nuno. He’s been pretty rocky in his limited appearances this year, and gave up six runs on three long balls in his last outing. And the A’s can hit. They are averaging a blistering 5.17 runs per game, and I expect them to fare well tonight at Yankee Stadium.
The A’s counter with Jess Chavez, who is trying to avoid his third straight loss, but has pitched well overll this season. He enters with an ERA under three and more importantly the A’s are 8-3 in games he has started this season. Allowing less than three runs in nearly every start is a pretty good recipe for a team that scores more than five runs a game, especially when you are handing the ball off to a bullpen that is putting up a solid 2.73 ERA as a unit.
The Yankees have been pretty middling all season, and it is going to take a surpringly good effort from Nuno to get them a win tonight. I don’t think they’ll get it. Give me the A’s on the road with both the pitching AND the offense advantage.