Our Cincinnati Reds pick came up just short at Cincinnati fell 6-5 to Matt Adams. Their longtime Cardinal nemesis brought his Reds-killing thunder to Atlanta, belting a grand slam in the fifth to chase away Scott Feldman and eventually winning the game with a solo shot in the 12th inning. The Reds touched up R.A. Dickey for five runs in just over five innings – just as projected – but eventually Matt Adams’s power barrage was too much to withstand.
Elsewhere, the Chicago Cubs continue their on-again, off-again 2017 campaign, following up a dreadful six-game west coast slide with a second straight home win over the Cardinals. The Cubbies will look to cap off the series sweep tonight on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball with Micahael Wacha getting the ball against Kyle Hendricks.
Let’s see if we can end the week with a nice winner.
Today’s MLB Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals +154 vs. Chicago Cubs -158
Michael Wacha vs. Kyle Hendricks
Kyle Hendricks had his worst outing since 2015 in his last time out, allowing five runs for the first time in nearly a year and a half (48 starts). Rather than concern, it makes me optimistic that lightning isn’t going to strike twice tonight. Prior to his last outing, Hendricks was 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA in his last seven outings.
Hendricks is 1-2 with a 3.56 ERA in his brief career against the Cardinals, but struck out 12 Cardinals in his last meeting at Wrigley Field and will have a confident team behind him tonight who seems to be reenergized after returning home from the rough west coast trip.
Opposing Hendricks is Wacha, who enters tonight with a 2-3 record and an ERA JUST under four at 3.99. He has allowed nine runs over seven total innings in his last two starts. The Cardinals have lost five of his last six starts and are just 3-6 with him on the mound this season.
Cubs Manager Joe Maddon moved struggling Kyle Schwarber (batting just .166) down to ninth in the lineup last night to take some pressure off the struggling youngster. Schwarber responded by belting a grand slam last night. If they can get HIM going, that entire lineup looks and feels different and they get back to being the fearsome top-to-bottom petrifying lineup of 2017. It will be interesting to see if last night is the catalyst for some better results. Simple logic dictates he will improve from .166. How much? There in might the key to the Cubs chances to repeat.
I’ll take the better pitcher and the hotter team tonight at Wrigley.
Today’s MLB Pick: CHICAGO CUBS to WIN -158