The St. Louis Cardinals thoroughly dominated the LA Dodgers last night from every angle. On the mound Michael Wacha responded from a rough start with a brilliant performance. Wacha allowed only 1 run in 7 innings pitched. I have never seen him have back-to-back bad performances and he didn’t disappoint for us last night. With Wainwright of course on the shelf, that is what the Cardinals are looking for out of Wacha. He is most definitely going to be getting a big salary increase when his current contract runs out. Whether that is with the Cardinals or another time is yet to be seen. If I had to bet it, which I obviously like to do a lot of, I see another team coming out and offering him a big pay day. The Cards will certainly need to spend some money to hold on to him, but I think we’ll be hearing his name for years to come, if not in St. Louis, it’ll be someplace else. The offense was on fire for the Cardinals as well, putting up 7 runs on the Dodgers’ pitching staff. Carlos Frias was no match for the Cardinals in that one last night. We move on to the weekend and look for a winner Friday night.
Funny how baseball can change so quickly. Look at the Detroit Tigers, who started off with a 11-2 run, are now trying to keep their heads above .500. It isn’t as dire of a situation as the Tigers, but the Giants rattled off eight wins in a row, lost a couple and then jumped right back on the horse with another five in a row. However, now the San Francisco Giants are in the midst of a five game skid. That is how fast things can change in baseball. That is why it is a marathon and not a sprint. It rings true for baseball clubs and sports bettors alike. Dumping your bankroll in a couple of days isn’t the secret to success in this business. And conversely, jumping to conclusion over a team that is in a funk is a silly thing to do, too. The Giants will be just fine moving forward despite losing five straight games. Long-time Giant Tim Lincecum gets the start for them tonight against the ineffective offense of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies will go with Jerome Williams in response.
San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Tim Lincecum (5-3, 3.00 ERA) vs. Jerome Williams (3-5, 5.49 ERA)
Remember when Tim Lincecum was untouchable? The guy would go out there and light up opposing hitters with ease and was at one point the best pitcher in the majors. There were a lot of bickering back and forth whether he would hold up or if he wouldn’t. The argument was that his violent throwing motion was going to take its toll on his small frame. A few years later, I’m not sure anybody can defend the fact that he is not exhausted. Not to say Lincecum still isn’t a decent pitcher, because he’ll come out and have the kind of starts that remind you of his past. In 2015 he has actually had several of those. Lincecum has four starts to his name where he allowed no runs and an additional one where he gave up just a single run. Two of his recent starts have been his worst of the season, surrendering 4 runs in each of them. While I’m not completely sold on Lincecum making some massive comeback, I definitely hold him in higher esteem than his pitching counterpart tonight on the Phillies.
Jerome Williams is essentially a pitching staff stuffer in the starting rotation for the Phillies. He isn’t going to be around in the future or part of the rebuilding process in Philadelphia by any means. A lot of the players in their lineup for that matter aren’t going to be part of the Phils’ long term plans. Williams has been getting abused all season long, which is evident in his last three starts as well: 6.75 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, and 4.00 OBP. There has been only two games this season where Williams has held offenses to less than 3 runs. I expect the Giants get back on the winning track with a win over Williams and the 21-34 Phillies Friday night.
PICK: GIANTS TO WIN -135