Depending on the way you look at it on Sunday, it was either a good or bad day. My Rockies RL lost after they blew a 4-0 lead, and ultimately ended up winning it in extra innings. However, I did advise playing the over and Rockies team total over. Neither would have happened if the Padres came back, so let’s take the good with the bad. Hopefully you guys took my advice there, or just ended up playing the Rockies on the ML. Too bad all three didn’t cash, but it’s a brand new week, and I’m looking for a big week after the first week of June was filled with some bad beats.
Free MLB Pick:
Houston Astros +215 at Seattle Mariners -238 (Total: 7)
Dallas Keuchel (3-2, 4.70 ERA) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (6-1, 1.94 ERA)
We have another west coast special for the insomniacs of the world and for you guys that live on the west. As I stated in my last articles, I’m money on Saturday’s, and for whatever reason, the late night card has always been kind to me, too. Let’s try and bang home another winner before we all call it a night. Although, I’m sure there is Japanese baseball or something in the early morning hours for the true degenerates out there.
Hisashi Iwakuma is a name I know well. The majority of the population certainly hasn’t a clue who he is, but he pitched a flawless game against the White Sox last week, allowing no runs. Of course, this is the infamous 15th inning 12 run game when I had the UNDER 7 which lost. I’m going to go right back to the well on this one, and bank on another gem of a game from Iwakuma. He has a 1.94 ERA on the season with an outstanding .225 OBP. In fact, Iwakuma has given up no runs in his last two starts. The last game he allowed a run was against the Rangers back on May 26th. Even then, the Rangers only scored 2 runs off of him.
I can see things being difficult at the plate for the offensively deficient Astros. The Astros will sneak up on you on occasions, but that is usually against below average pitchers, and lefties. Iwakuma is a righty, where the Astros bat a dismal .231 against right handers. Since racking up 11 runs against the Orioles five games ago, the Astros have only scratched across 5 runs in four games.
Dallas Keuchel isn’t going to dazzle you with his numbers, but what he has done is bounced back from a rough start, and pitched brilliantly in his last two starts. In his last game against the Orioles, Keuchel allowed only 1 run, and against the Angels he allowed 2. Those offenses punch a lot more power than the Mariners that is for sure. He also much better on the road with a 3.06 ERA compared to 5.50 at home. Keuchel should find the Mariners’ pitcher friendly park nice to pitch in. Nevertheless, I don’t see him outdueling the potent Iwakuma, so I foresee a 4-1 or 4-2 Mariner victory. I will take the UNDER with a lean on the Mariners.
Free Pick: UNDER 7