We kept the beat rolling with another MLB winner with the Pirates taking down the offensively-challenged Cubbies 4-0. The loss was yet another outing for Jeff Samardzija, who has to be wondering if he could throw on some shoulder pads and catch a few passes from Jay Cutler instead this fall after yet another goose egg thrown up by his offense.
The win for us was the seventh in nine MLB games, and 10 of 13 overall with hoops included (last night’s Miami no-show excepted). Let’s see if we can keep the beat rolling by starting off some great weekend series with a winner.
Today’s Free Picks
Arizona Diamondbacks +188 at Los Angeles Dodgers -205 (Total: 7.5)
Chase Anderson (5-0, 3.14 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 3.17 ERA)
The last time these two starting pitchers faced off against each other Anderson allowed five runs in just over five innings. He managed to escape with a no-decision, but it is fair to assume he will be a little les nervous or intimidated by Kershaw this time around. He also has the advantage of facing some cooling Dodgers bats after having mustered just one run in their last two games in Cincinnati.
Chase Anderson has been great this season; no losses and a 1.68 ERA over his last four outings is impressive stuff. But he is still looking across the dugout at the reigning Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, and beating him and the Dodgers on the road is a challenge. But not an impossible one. Kerhsaw does boast an ERA over three for the year and the Dodgers are just 5-3 in games he has started this season. Add in the fact that the D’Backs have actually been a good team if you erase the disaster that was April, and you have some good value lurking.
I wouldn’t bet my life on the D’Backs tonight. But at nearly two to one money, there is a ton of value in the pick. I’ll take a flyer on one of my bigger underdog picks of the season and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies (Total: 8)
Jake Arrieta (1-1, 2.50 ERA) vs. Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 4.35 ERA)
It’s easy to malign the Cubs offense of you look at the horrid lack of run support for Samardzija, but for the season as a whole, the Cubbies aren’t half bad. They are averaging just under four runs a game and have a favorable pitching matchup tonight.
The Phillies also average close to four runs a game, and tend to fare well in their hitter-friendly home park. There are a lot of OVER-favoring trends tonight: the Cubs are 9-4 OVER in their last 13 games, the Phillies are 7-2-1 OVER in their last ten games.
I like both teams to put some runs on the board tonight to start of the series with some fireworks.