We took an L last night on the Chicago Cubs staving off the sweep, but it wasn’t for lack of effort on the Cubbies part. They played an 18-inning marathon before Starlin Castro exercised the demons of an 0 for 8 night with a game winning RBI against his former club. If this was indeed a World Series preview, it probably wasn’t the ones the Northsiders were hoping for – getting swept by the resurgent Evil Empire.
Elsewhere the Cincinnati Reds made an unlikely move back into first place by handing the Giants their wort cumulative three-game sweep score since the late 1800’s. It is hard to say what is more surprising one week into May; the Reds in first or the Giants being clearly the worst team in the National League.
It’s Monday so we have some fresh series to choose from, including the first of a brisk two-game set between the aforementioned Yankees in Cincinnati. Can the Reds stay red hot against the mighty Bronx Bombers? The Cubs have a brutal turnaround as they head out to Coors Field and Matt Moore and the Giants head to the Bronx for their first meeting since last Fall’s epic Wild Card game.
Let’s see if we can start a new week off with a little better result.
Today’s MLB Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -120 at Miami Marlins (Total: 8)
Carlos Martinez (1-3, 3.75 ERA) vs. Adam Conley (2-2, 6.12 ERA)
Carlos Martinez has a pretty rough record, but it isn’t really all his fault. He hasn’t been “ace worthy” but he has been plenty good enough to win some ballgames. He just fell victim to some early offensive woes for the Redbirds. Things appear to be turned around in St. Louis and I expect Martinez’s record to soon follow suit. St. Louis has won seven of their last ten games to pull within a half-game of first place and will be looking to stay hot in Miami.
The fish will counter with Adam Conley who enters with an ERA over six and his fastball, which was around 91 all last season in his rookie year has been topping out around 89. That could spell trouble tonight against a veteran and talented Cardinal lineup that is just starting to heat up. Miami is just 3-9 in their last twelve games and has lost five straight series. I think the Cardinals will win the opener en route to series defeat number six for the Marlins.
Today’s MLB Pick: ST LOUIS CARDINALS TO WIN -120