Last night’s pick was a lesson in why you need to maintain solid bankroll management to turn a profit in baseball. It felt quite surreal, Jeremy Bonderman, three years removed from the game, pitches a gem against the New York Yankees. Bonderman only allowed 3 hits, while the Mariners offense took care of the rest in the bottom of the 5th inning. Kuroda picked up 2 quick outs, but the Mariners still managed to score 4 runs in the frame. The Yankees’ offense went cold after it looked promising early on. Brett Gardner hit a double to kick things off, ultimately scoring to make it 1-0, but that was it for the Yankees’ scoring. Frustrating loss, but moving on.
Free MLB Pick:
Atlanta Braves -145 at Los Angeles Dodgers +125 (Total: 7.5)
Kris Medlen (2-6, 3.14 ERA) vs. Stephen Fife (2-0, 4.50 ERA)
The story of this series has been outfielder Yasiel Puig. Puig went deep again yesterday in a critical point in the game to tie it up 1-1. The Dodgers ended up winning the contest in extra innings off of a wild pitch. This came after Puig connected for a grand slam the day before. He is a much needed spark to an otherwise lifeless Dodgers’ offense. The Braves will try and take one from the Dodgers tonight in an attempt to set up a chance to split the series tomorrow.
Kris Medlen is projected to start for the Braves, with Stephen Fife countering on the other side. Medlen has had a productive season for the Braves thus far. He has turned into a reliable option that doesn’t get bombed often. He has given up 5 runs on two occasions, against the Giants and Tigers, but other than that, he allows around 2 or 3 per game. This will be Medlen’s second go around against the Dodgers this season, the last outing being very successful. Medlen gave up only 1 run in 7 innings, and only allowed 2 hits. His last game against the Pirates was a successful start as well, only allowing a run in a 7-2 victory.
On the other hand, Fife hasn’t been a member of the Dodgers’ rotation for very long, but has showed glimpses of promise. He did make some starts last season near the tail end of the season and held his own, finishing with an outstanding ERA of 2.70. The most runs he surrendered in five starts in 2012 was 2 on three occasions. Fife has only had two starts this season, getting tattooed against the Orioles in Baltimore, which is to be expected from most pitchers. However, he then came back and pitched a marvelous game against the Padres on June 3rd, allowing only 1 run en route to a 2-1 victory. The Padres are actually hitting the ball this season, so this isn’t the same Padres team of the past few seasons.
I think this game will continue the series trend and turn into another pitching duel. Both offenses are in a funk, while both pitchers have the capabilities of certainly shutting both offenses down. Puig is the only player on the Dodgers’ roster that has the potential to make this one interesting.
Free Pick: UNDER 7.5
Cleveland Indians +165 at Detroit Tigers -185 (Total: 9.5)
Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 17.81 ERA) vs. Rick Porcello (2-3, ERA 5.21)
Late play for me here, but there was a pitching change that was made that made me bump this up to an official bet. Justin Masteron got scratched in favor Carlos Carrasco going opposite Rick Porcello for the Tigers. The Tigers took care of the Rays fairly easy yesterday, in a 5-2 victory. This is an important series for both clubs, as both are clumped up together in the Central standings.
Carrasco was called up due to the injury to Zach McAllister. His first start since 2011 came up as a dud, getting reamed by the Yankees for 7 runs in only 3 innings. Definitely a bad draw for Carrasco, as he has left with the task of slowing down one of the best offenses in MLB. Porcello has been much better of late after a rough start. Nevertheless, he is still susceptible to getting roughed up on any given day. I think this game will go over the total, with the Tigers taking care of most of the work, so I have a lean on the Tigers RL and team total as well.
Free Pick: OVER 9.5