Wacky night on the diamond, as the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox combined for a staggering 46 runs! The Philadelphia Phillies got in on the offensive fun as well in a 16-1 destruction of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Delmon Young time back a couple years and went for 6 RBIs. No, I didn’t have either over, but we did cash in on the OVER 9.5 in the Blue Jays vs. Red Sox game fairly easily. Whoever had the grand salami to go over the number cashed in with ease last night. Saturdays are typically days I smash. I have had 6 straight winning Saturdays so let’s cash in big again on the 29th.
Free MLB Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -119 at Oakland Athletics +110 (Total: 7)
Adam Wainwright (10-5, 2.31 ERA) vs. Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.27 ERA)
I have stuck strictly to totals lately the last week, but I am going to change it up and play a side for today. Just to keep things fresh and different. Also, I do not like any of the offerings in the over under market for today, so I am going to try and pick a straight winner for today.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to rebound against the A’s after getting plastered Friday night, 6-1. The Cardinals will have the benefit of having their ace, Adam Wainwright, wheeling and dealing for them in Oakland. Wainwright has been consistent as they come, posting a 2.31 ERA in 2013 thus far. The beauty of Wainwright is that he does not concede the long ball very often, allowing only 2 on the road. Pitching in a friendly ballpark, Wainwright should continue to have success keeping the ball down and in the field of play. Wainwright’s ERA of 2.18 in his last three games provides further evidence that he is a consistent performer.
Jarrod Parker of the Athletics certainly isn’t bad as well. Parker has an ERA of 4.27, and has looked better in his last three stints with a 2.87 ERA. You would think his numbers would be better at home, but this isn’t true, Parker holds a 4.88 ERA in Oakland compared to a 3.67 when he is pitching as a visitor.
The Cardinals have been a serious slump lately, 1-5 in their last six games in fact. Nevertheless, I see this is a good opportunity for the Cards to get some positive mojo back behind Wainwright. The Cardinals have been swinging the bat well against right-handed pitching all season long with a .283 batting average. I look for that to continue on Saturday afternoon, giving way to a productive start for Wainwright.
Free Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -119