Phew. We avoided a bad beat yesterday with the Philadelphia Phillies closing the Atlanta Braves out 5-1. The Braves hit an RBI double to bring the score to 5-1, but quickly went down quietly following that run. The 5-1 final gave us a victory on the UNDER 7, which looked like money through the entire game until things got dicey in the 9th. The winning bet came thanks to a masterful performance by Phillies’ Cole Hamels. The outing by Hamels handed the Braves their second loss in three games after winning 14 straight. Let’s move forward into Tuesday, where we look at another matchup that brings some talented pitchers into the equation.
Free MLB Pick
San Francisco Giants +105 at Washington Nationals -175
Madison Bumgarner (11-7, 2.75 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (7-5, 3.52)
The only thing the San Francisco Giants are asking themselves at the moment is if this season is over yet. Sorry Giants, while we are winding the season down, there is still over a month of baseball left. The Giants should at least be excited about the guy they have on the mound tonight, Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner should get the Giants excited over their future, as he has been one of the only bright spots in their disappointing season. He should have more wins and fewer losses, but playing behind a lackluster offense will do that to you. His ERA of 2.75 ranks up there with the best, and he has been particularly stingy in his last few starts. In his last three, Bumgarner has tossed good enough for a superb 1.64 ERA. In addition, he has a 1.09 WHIP and .273 OBP in those three games. The most impressive stat being he hasn’t allowed any home runs in that span.
Gio Gonzalez has been lights out all year long, but has one dark cloud hovering over his resume, which was 10 runs allowed against the Detroit Tigers two starts ago. Other than that game, Gonzalez has been good as they come. Unfortunately for him though, that game bumped his ERA up significantly, and makes his ERA from his last three games look like utter trash. That number sits at 8.44, but I’ll vouch for him and say he is a much better pitcher than what that number indicates. He has plenty of no run and 1 no run games to his credit to add to a positive season. However, his ERA is skewed due to one horrific start.
The Giants have a couple things going for them here, I think they have the better pitcher and the Nationals are one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball against left-handed pitching. In this respect, the Nationals hit lefties at a .217 clip. It certainly doesn’t help their cause that they are facing one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game today. The Giants’ offense is at the bottom of the barrel this season. In fact, they haven’t scored 5 runs in a game since July 27th, 12 games ago. This game has all the makings of a 4-1, 3-2 kind of game, so I’m all over the under in this spot.
Free Pick: UNDER 6.5