We ran our winning streak to five straight last night, thanks in large part of getting on the Cardinals’ bandwagon at the exact right time. The Cards tallied a seventh straight win, and again scored eight runs in a single game, and are just absolutely setting the league on fire right now. Is it a tad bit silly to write about the same team day after day after day? Perhaps. But it is never silly filling one’s account with piles of money, so until someone fixes the glitch in the St. Louis ATM, I’m going to consider strongly going back every single day…
Elsewhere in the National League, the Reds won a wild 11-10 slugfest in Milwaukee to push the Brewers to two and a half back of the Cubs in the Central and a game and a half behind the aforementioned Cardinals. It is fair to consider the next few home games against the last-place Reds do-or-die for the Brewers and their once-promising 2017 postseason dreams. They have slipped enough to where tonight’s Cubs vs. Diamondback games has nearly equal ramifications on both their fading division hopes and the suddenly-relevant wild card hopes.
Let’s see if we could make it a half dozen today…
Today’s MLB Pick:
Atlanta Braves +218 at St. Louis Cardinals -228 (Total: 9)
Lucas Sims (0-2, 5.25 ERA) vs. Carlos Martinez (8-9, 3.52 ERA)
Yup. Here we go again. But when you can get a team that has won seven games in a row and has scored 58 runs in their last six games with their ace pitching at home against a rookie pitcher making his third start and a team that is seven games under .500… well, you kind of have to take it.
So, for the fourth straight day, I will cartoonishly extend my arm at the ‘free money’ line and see if this glitch in the Matrix can persist. There’s no statistical reason NOT to head back, and despite the deflated game line, the runline is actually quite reasonable at -115 for the Cardinals.
St. Louis has won all of their last seven by multiple runs, and all but won by three or more runs. They haven’t scored less than eight runs in a game since the 4-1 win over Cincinnati that began the streak. They are mauling people at the plate, and rookie Lucas Sims could be in a for a short, but unpleasant, night on the road in front of an excited and re-energized packed house.
Why try to outsmart the room? GO where the data (and money trail) leads.
Today’s MLB Pick: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS RUNLINE -1.5 (-115)