Another unfortunate loss yesterday in baseball as the Tigers were only able to muster up 2 runs in a 6-2 loss. The Tigers just destroyed Nolasco who hasn’t been playing great ball this season a few games ago, but the star studded lineup of the Tigers couldn’t do anything against him tonight. An unfortunate loss for the Tigers as well, which that should have been an easy win for them at home. With a total of 9 we were left a run shy of a push and 2 of a win. Yes there were 6 runs scored after 2.5 innings, but they wasn’t much activity after that which set the stage for a bad beat, and another loss where we came inches of winning. Should have won, but you can say that in a lot of instances with regards to betting on sports or anything form of gambling really. A loss is a loss at the end of the night and you just have to bite the tongue and move on. The Twins have been swinging the bats well and displayed that once again against the Tigers tonight. Not exactly an expected outpouring of offense from the Twins, but we’ll see if they can keep it up. I sense some regression from them coming up shortly.
Today we get an early action play out there in a game that starts at noon. The Cardinals take on the Cleveland Indians, as the Cards lean on their now ace Michael Wacha. On the opposite side is Trevor Bauer who had a lot of fanfare entering this season. He was expected to be a good compliment to Kluber, but other than last night, neither have been playing good baseball. Kluber just got his first win of the season last night, 1-5. And while Bauer got off to a pretty solid start, he has hit a huge wall of late. Maybe he can build off the start Kluber had last night, but it is clear that this isn’t what the Indians were expecting from their pitching staff. What they have been expecting all year is Kluber of last night. The Cardinals had to wait until the 7th inning to get their first hit of the game. They look for a better effort from their offense tonight against Bauer. By all means they should look much better against him, but that is why they play the games. Jump below for my pick.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Minnesota Twins
Michael Wacha (5-0, 2.09 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (2-1, 4.19 ERA)
After the injury to Adam Wainwright, Wacha has been counted on to be the undisputed ace of the ball club. Wacha was an ace in his own right before Wainwright went out, but now he doesn’t have that crutch pitching a day ahead of him. The loss of Wainwright to the Cardinals is quite significant, and they won’t be able to replace his production, but Wacha has still been doing what he’s been doing since coming onto the scene a few years ago. Who knows how Wainwright comes back after that injury, so it may be the Michael Wacha show in St. Louis for a while. Wacha comes in today with a perfect record of 5-0 and a strong ERA of 2.09. He also has a commanding WHIP of 1.03. His play on the road has been even better than at home, with a ERA of 1.86 pitching on the road and a 0.98 WHIP. Wacha has allowed only 4 runs over three outings on the road.
Bauer has been getting killed of late, as he holds a 8.22 ERA in his past three starts overall. In his last two starts he’s been taking for a whopping 11 runs in only 9.1 innings pitched. Likewise, his WHIP and OBP has been in dire straits at 1.83 and .403. Bauer has also been much better on the road instead of home, where he has a 6.75 ERA in Cleveland with a 1.69 WHIP. The only thing that has me slightly hesitant in this game. Wacha should be a bigger favorite over Bauer. Are the books pulling a fast one on us? Well I’m going to bite as I can’t leave Wacha at -109 without a bet today.
PICK: CARDINALS TO WIN -109