For the first month of the season, there was some easy winners in fading Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals. But things have changed mightily over the last month. Waino threw another gem last night with six scoreless innings against the Dodgers pushing his mark over the last four starts to a perfect 4-0. He has allowed just a single run over the last 26.2 innings and has been as dominant as any stretch in his prime. Can it continue? Either way, he has gone from the worst bet to one of the best in the span of two months.
We notched a second straight winner last night, and hopefully it is the sign of burying a miserable month of May. I got hammered during the season’s second month with few lengthy losing streaks. However, through all the carnage, we are a win tonight away from getting back on the plus-side of the money for the 2017 season. Let’s see if we can get it on a crowded Friday slate full of new matchups.
Today’s MLB Pick:
San Francisco Giants +105 at Philadelphia Phillies -111 (Total: 8.5)
Ty Blach (3-2, 3.83 ERA) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (0-5, 4.74 ERA)
The Phillies are probably as happy as I am to see the calendar turn to June. Philly endured one of the worst months in franchise history, dropping 21 of 26 games and ten of their last twelve games. They will try to turn things around tonight, but it isn’t real promising that their starter in two months into the season and has recorded a single win this year. The Phillies are 2-8 in Eickhoff’s last ten games and the two wins were 4-3 wins respectively with Eickhoff lasting just ten innings and allowing four runs.
Meanwhile. Ty Blach has delivered four straight quality starts, the Giants winning the last three and has outside of a disastrous three innings – eight run fiasco in Cincinnati, he hasn’t allowed more than three runs since joining the Giants rotation. By contrast, Eickhoff has delivered ONE quality start in his last seven outings. It makes the slight plus-money for the Giants a really enticing value.
San Francisco’s offense has been the worst in the National League, but the Phillies hasn’t been much better, ranking 13th in runs scored and 12th in slugging (the Giants are LAST in both – nearly all categories, actually). But the have won three in a row with Blach on the mound and he gets a generous matchup with an also-struggling Phillies team that has lost four in a row.
This game might be a little ugly from a viewing standpoint, watching two of the worst team in baseball pillow fight for the weekend, but it is a generous line given the pitching matchup tonight.
Today’s MLB Pick: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TO WIN +105