We were foiled by some late Cardinal runs in an otherwise-settle baseball game and had our brief winning streak snapped. Carlos Martinez held up his end of the bargain, but Jacob deGrom and the Mets bullpen didn’t as the 8-1 Cardinals win toppled the 7 ½ run total we were trying to sneak under.
Perhaps that is what I get for steppin’ out on ‘my Cubs’ last night. Stray from your woman and you might just get caught… The Cubs continued to enjoy themselves at Petco Park, more aptly monikered, Wrigley West, for the third straight runline-covering victory. We could have been boring and taken some more easy money, but instead got greedy looking for a little fatter line, and of course, paid for it…
We will try to start a fresh new win streak tonight with a thinner slate of NL action with just nine teams in action. Let’s head out to a pivotal series out West, where the bats should fare a little better today than in last night’s 1-0 Dodgers victory.
San Francisco Giants +107 at Los Angeles Dodgers -117 (Total: 8)
Matt Moore (7-10, 4.18 ERA) vs. Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.04 ERA)
Suffice it to say things aren’t going well in the Bay since the All Star Break. The Giants continue to stumble, playing scarcely .300 baseball since the break –the WORST mark in all of MLB, and even when they do get a top-notch pitching performance, like last night from Cueto, they still seem to come up short. They have fallen three games behind the Dodgers in the standings – nearly unthinkable considering the lead they held over the Dodgers when Clayton Kershaw first went on the DL and things looks destined for disaster in La La Land. The have dropped four games in a row and need to salvage one tonight to avoid falling four games behind the Dodgers.
The schedule does soften up with series against Atlanta and Arizona coming up next, but right now, it is just as fair to say that Atlanta and Arizona’s schedule ‘lightens up’ with the Giants. Mind you, I am not throwing dirt on the Giants’ graves – I still think they come back and win the NL West. But right now, the situation is DIRE.
Enter Matt Moore. He hasn’t been the spark they hoped for, but still has the talent to be a postseason starter for the Giants, as well as help pitch them to that point to begin with. But in the here and now, he has a sub-five ERA against the Dodgers in his career, and is 0-3 with a 4.70 since coming over to the Bay.
It’s hard to bet on the Giants at this point, especially when you can get the hot Dodgers at near even money. Ross Stripling is 1-1 with a 3.16 ERA since the Break and is limiting hitters to an impressive .219 batting average. Look for him to fare well against a scuffling lineup and to help the Dodgers notch a BIG win. There is still a long way to go in this season, but the Dodgers are catching the Giants at a great time and will need to (and I think, will) capitalize tonight.
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -117