I have said this before, and I will say it again, boy is this season flying by. We are already past the mid-way point of July with August right around the corner. It has been a profitable one so far, so let’s not stop now. The All-Star game was a profitable game, as the under cashed with ease. It looked like at one point that all the National League was going to muster up was one measly hit. I did have a lean on the American League as well, so it was a nice night for whoever followed that, too.
While the season is flying by, this All-Star break felt like an eternity to me. For somebody that watches baseball as religiously as I do, that was a tough few days. South Korean and Japanese baseball just didn’t cut it for me.
Free MLB Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers +145 at Washington Nationals -162 (Total: 7.5)
Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.76 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (5-7, 2.99 ERA)
After a shaky start to the year, the Los Angeles Dodgers have caught fire and are right back in the thick of the things for a deep playoff run. Most of the problem was accredited to the injuries the Dodgers have had to endure, but the team has gotten healthy, and they caught fire at the same time. Both teams come in hovering around .500, but it is the Dodgers that I feel more confident in making a big push in the second half of the season. In fact, the Dodgers are my number one team to look out for.
The Dodgers will need to shake the rust off quickly, because they will be starting across at Stephen Strasburg. It could be an unhappy Strasburg, as he has gotten absolutely railed in recent starts. In un-Strasburg fashion, he gave up 7 runs in only 2 innings pitched against the Miami Marlins on the road. The game before that, Strasburg allowed 4 runs against the San Diego Padres. Nonetheless, Strasburg is a talented guy, and should bounce back after getting some downtime during the All-Star break. He still has some excellent numbers regardless of those starts, and is still lights out at home. That game against the Padres is the first you can really say a team got to him at home. Strasburg still holds a 1.65 ERA at home and a WHIP of 0.93. Even after getting touched up a bit against the Padres, he still has some of the best home splits in the game.
On the other side is Ricky Nolasco, a new addition to the Dodgers which could prove to be their X factor later in the season. Nolasco leaves the disgruntled Marlins to come over to a team that is on the upswing. He has pretty decent thus far, and has actually gave them a lift offensively with an RBI single. Nolasco sports an ERA of 2.84 in his last three, and has produced a pretty good WHIP of 1.11.
I think there may be some slow bats on the first night back after the All-Star break, and I believe this is going to be one of those games. Strasburg should shine after tossing duds in his last two starts. I like the UNDER 7.5 in this spot.
Free Pick: UNDER 7.5