The Colorado Rockies came up a few runs short yesterday, handing us a loss in the process to put a damper on an otherwise happy week. We will try to get back on track today and start off a new week with a winner.
Elsewhere, the Cubs romped over the Diamondbacks 7-2 while the Cardinals week-long winning streak was finally snapped in their 6-3 loss to the Braves. The combo left the Cubs back on top in the NL Central with the Brewers just two games back as we enter the stretch run of the MLB season. The Cubs begin a homestand against the scuffling Reds tonight, while the Brewers and Cardinals have the day off before commencing series the Pirates (big series between Milwaukee and Pittsburgh as each look to stay in the race) and the Red Sox, respectively.
Out West, the race for the division winner is obviously long settled, but the race for history is fully on in Los Angeles. The Dodgers currently remain on pace for 115 wins, but their post-All Star Break performance is far better than the overall pace – could they keep up this blistering pace and win 35 of their final 45 to finish with a staggering 118 wins???
Let’s get on the board and start the week right.
Today’s MLB Pick:
San Francisco Giants +122 at Miami Marlins -130 (Total: 8.5)
Ty Blach (8-7, 4.15 ERA) vs. Adam Conley (4-3, 5.43 ERA)
Adam Conley returned to the Marlins rotation in July with a flurry, allowing just four runs over three quality starts. However, the last two outings have been tough; he has allowed 8 runs over just 10.1 innings with four walks against just six strikeouts. The Giants lineup is certainly not one that inspires fear, but the Marlins will need a much better effort from Conley to grab the home win.
The value is on the Giants tonight, 20-40 road record acknowledged. Ty Blach has been a bright spot in a dark season, and his last three starts have been very good. He has gone seven innings or more in each outing, allowing just 6 runs over 22 innings. He has delivered six quality starts in his last seven starts and the Giants have a surprising 5-2 record in those contests.
There aren’t a lot of chances to confidently get value on the Giants, but I’ll take the pitching edge tonight and roll the dice on some nice plus money value. The Marlins are the better team, but the Giants have actually been reasonable lately, going 6-4 in their last ten games.
Today’s MLB Pick: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TO WIN +122