Cardinals vs. Yankees Pick – April 16th

We notched another MLB winner yesterday afternoon with the Reds finally getting on the board againt Milwaukee and earning a 7-5 home win.  But the win came at a price for Cincy, as Brandon Finnegan left the game in the second inning with an injury.  He is their fourth starter to go to the Disabled List ALREADY this season, (DiSclafani, Bailey and Rookie Davis) making their MLB-best 8-4 record even more improbable (and likely to quickly regress to the mean).

Elsewhere, the Cubs pedestrian start continued after a comeback win from the Pirates pushed them close to .500, the Cardinals fell to a worrisome 3-8 as their bats continued to scuffle against the New York Yankees in a 3-2 loss and the Nationals, Mets and Diamondbacks all lost to keep the National League early division races at razor-thin margins.

It’s Easter Sunday today and we have a full slate of MLB action to enjoy for the Holiday.  The highlights include a nice Jon Lester vs. Jamison Tallion matchup – both pitchers have early ERA’s under 2.00, Rich Hill getting the ball for the Dodgers against Tiajun Walker as the Dodgers try to edge into first place for the first time this season and an ESPN nightcap with Adam Wainwright trying to ease the significant concerns his 0-2, 7.00 ERA start has brought the Red Birds…

Let’s close out the week with another winner.

Today’s MLB Pick:

St. Louis Cardinals +128 at New York Yankees -133 (Total: 8.5)
Adam Wainwright (0-2, 7.00 ERA) vs. Michael Pineda (1-1, 3.97 ERA)

It’s awkward watching former Cy Young Candidates recover still young enough to compete who for whatever reason; injury, other – just can’t get MLB hitters out on a consistent basis anymore.  It happens all the time, but it is never fun.  Johan Santana, Tim Lincecum, and currently, Matt Cain in San Francisco.  Their teams love them, their fan bases are rooting for them… but eventually it reaches a point where you just can’t keep running them out to the mound.

I wonder if St. Louis is flirting with that sad reality with Adam Wainwright.  Even as I write this column, I feel some trepidation, thinking “This is Waino – you NEVER know, tonight could be a three-hit shutout.”  I imagine it is the same sentiment that keeps St. Louis running him back out to the mound.

However, for tonight, until some evidence changes, I am going to assume we aren’t seeing the 2014 Wainwright again anytime soon on a consistent basis.  That makes the Yankees -135 a pretty nice value.

The Yankees are 5-0 at home so far and have the starting pitching advantage with Pineda who is fresh off an impressive outing against Tampa where he retired the first 20 batters and fanned 11.  The Cards are hitting just .210 this season, which has been exacerbated by their inconsistent pitching.

This is a nice value for the guys in pinstripes this evening.

Today’s MLB Pick:  NEW YORK YANKEES -133

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