It was a rough day yesterday for me, with the Rockies taking down the favored Dodgers 5-4 in extra innings. It was an even rougher day for the Dodgers, with both Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon leaving the game with injuries. Neither injury appears to be serious, but it certainly has to be concerning for a team that fell a staggering 9 ½ games behind the Giants yesterday.
I’m not making excuses for the loss yesterday, but having two key players leave the game with injury and an unearned run charged to Greinke who pitched well enough to win is a tough way for my three-game winning streak to snap, and a dubious way for the Rockies to end a week and a half winless slide…
We will try to get things back on track today with nice Sunday winner.
Today’s Free Picks:
Atlanta Braves -106 at Arizona Diamondbacks -104 (Total: 7.5)
Aaron Harang (4-4, 3.24 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (4-0, 3.32 ERA)
Very quietly, the Diamondbacks have played pretty good baseball over the last month or so. Their start was so horrific, that coupled with being in the same division as the Giants, they have basically NO chance of getting back into the race, but they can still be a pesky team to deal with this summer. In fact, with a win today, they will be as close to .500 as they have been all season after their 5-14 nightmare start.
Getting the ball for Arizona will be rookie Chase Anderson, who is just the fifth rookie since 1998 to win his first four starts, and is hoping to join names like Jered Weaver as one of three to go 5-0. He will be facing off against Aaron Harang who’s season has gone in opposite fashion of the D’Backs – awesome start, not quite as great lately. He is decision-less in his last three starts, posting a 4.00 ERA over 18 innings. While the Braves have arguably the best closer in baseball in Kimbrel, they haven’t been quite as flawless in the innings between their starters and closer.
Chase Anderson hasn’t been quite as dominant as his record would indicate. In his last three outings, all wins, he has only thrown 16.2 innings and has an ERA in the high threes with a WHIP nearing a run and a half. However, I like him to get similar run support today, and think he can grab his fifth straight win. The Braves are batting just .227 against right-handed pitching – which is stunningly terrible for a first place team – and will face a young, talented righty today.
This game is a near pick ‘em either way, but I like the pitching matchup and the Diamondbacks bats today at home.