We hit another winner last night with the Tigers who caught an excellent price as an underdog. Similar to how they operated against the Blue Jays, the Tigers got superb pitching and some timely hitting. Rick Porcello allowed only 5 hits in his 7 innings of work, en route to an easy 7-0 victory. An easy win for the Tigers, and an easy winner for us and those that tailed. I am now on a 7-1 run heading into Saturday, my favorite betting day of the week. Just like last night, I see another great value play for today.
Free MLB Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers +163 at San Francisco Giants -180 (Total: 7)
Stephen Fife (3-2, 2.82 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner (8-5, 3.08 ERA)
This line got my attention when I was looking over the schedule for today. The San Francisco Giants enter Saturday in a tailspin that looks like will end with a fiery explosion shortly. After getting dismantled by the Dodgers in game 1, 10-2, the Giants have now dropped eleven out of their last thirteen games! The Giants appeared to be ascending to new heights earlier in the season, but they have now stalled, and are plummeting toward earth without much help in sight.
The problem is primarily accredited to the pathetic offense the Giants have employed. In that thirteen game stretch I just alluded to, the Giants only managed to muster up more than 2 runs in only two games. They are currently in the midst of a four game losing streak, only scoring 5 total runs in that span. As you can notice from last night, it wasn’t just the offense that decided to take the night off, but Matt Cain and the Giants bullpen took a beating as well.
I believe these offensive outpourings are going to get more and more common for the Dodgers as the season progresses. They are beginning to get their big bats healthy, and it is starting to show. Of course I can’t forget rookie phenom, Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers have now won eleven out of their last thirteen games. Gee, sound familiar? Yes that’s right, the Dodgers are in a complete reversal of roles with their rival, the San Francisco Giants.
Stephen Fife hits the mound for the Dodgers who has been playing well, too. Fife has a pretty impressive 2.82 ERA on the season, and has been even more impressive in his last three starts: 1.83 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and only 2 HRs allowed. His last start was particularly spectacular, going seven strong innings giving up no runs with only 4 hits.
Bumgarner is no bum, and his numbers are there to prove that. However, with the state of the Giants at the moment, does anybody feel comfortable laying that kind of price with them? I think the books are playing the old ‘Giants are due for a win’ routine. They may win of course, I never guarantee locks, but I like the Dodgers here at a very generous price. Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, and Matt Kemp at +163 against this dysfunctional bunch? Sign me up.
Free Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers +163