It was a feisty day in major league baseball, highlighted by the brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers after Carlos Gomez posed on a long triple instead of hustling out of the box. Gerrit Cole didn’t enjoy the pose, let Gomez know about it, and in true MLB fashion forty men poured out of each dugout, including uniformed old men coaches. It’s truly an entertaining site every time it happens. Lost in the fireworks was the fact the Brewers won another game and another series and now sit at 14-5 with the best record in baseball. I haven’t seen official word yet, but you can assume the Brewers will have to win a few games without their catalyst Gomez at the top of the order in the next week.
Meanwhile, I won one play in dramatic fashion with the Red Sox erasing a 5-0 deficit en route to a 6-5 win, but they failed to cover the -1.5 runline, so a split on the day with a slight losing money margin. Let’s see if we can start the new week off in better fashion with some winning picks.
Today’s Free Picks:
St. Louis Cardinals -106 at New York Mets +104 (Total: 7.5)
Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Jenrry Mejia (2-1, 2.68 ERA)
Tyler Lyons will make his first start of the season after being recalled from AAA Memphis, where he was 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA. He will face off against Jennry Mejia who has pitched well in the bottom of the Mets rotation so far this season.
The Mets have been buoyed by a fantastic offense, averaging 4.28 runs per game, and I expect them to fare well tonight against Tyler Lyons. Likewise, Mejia could have a rough time with the potent Cardinal offense that sputtered this weekend against the fantastic pitching in Washington but should bounce back this week against the Mets.
I like this game to tuck over the 7.5 run total. You have two question marks at starting pitcher and a pair of bullpens that haven’t gotten the job done this year with ERA’s of 5.19 and 4.55 respectively.
San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers (Total: 7.5)
Andrew Cashner (2-1, 1.27 ERA) vs. Wily Peralta (2-0, 1.96 ERA)
Andrew Cashner has been one of the best pitchers in baseball so far in 2014, though he has remained pretty under the radar thanks to playing in San Diego. He will have to be sharp tonight against a Milwaukee offense averaging 4.26 runs per contest.
Wily Peralta has been excellent this season as well, with a perfect record and an ERA under two. Expect his success to continue tonight facing a Padres offense that is scoring a National League worst 2.79 runs per game.
Ryan Braun is hitting .386 with 3 HR and 10 RBI in his last twelve games against San Diego. It will be interesting to see how he fares against Cashner tonight. Even if he has a little success, I still don’t think it’ll be enough to get the run total over the 7.5 runline.