First off, I send my condolences to everyone out there that had money on Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners were up 7-1 in the 8th and then 7-2, but failed to hold on as the Red Sox did the unthinkable and made the improbable comeback with an 8-7 win. I know how tough it is to relive tough beats, so enough of that.
There isn’t much to say about the pick yesterday, as we didn’t lose any money or come out in front on my official pick at The Sports Geek. Ryan Raburn connected on 1-2 pitch deep in the ballgame to give us a push on the UNDER 7 in the White Sox/Indians game. I did, however, end up in the positive thanks to an in game bet on the UNDER in the Mets/Marlins contest. I’m looking at another total for Friday night’s festivities. Let’s get it started.
Free MLB Pick:
San Francisco Giants +117 at Tampa Bay Rays -137 (Total: 7)
Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.76 ERA) vs. Chris Archer (6-3, 2.39 ERA)
The Tampa Bay Rays have come out of virtually no where this season to put together a very productive campaign. I think people believed they were going to be a good team, but not great. I don’t think there has been much fanfare over the Rays this season because they are a smaller market team. The Rays are currently at 64-44, trailing the Red Sox by 2 games in the AL East. They are 7-3 in their last ten games, and have been one of the hottest teams in July. The Rays also have one of the hottest, if not the hottest, pitcher in MLB as it currently stands.
Chris Archer has been nothing short of outstanding this season, and most notably, his recently starts. Archer holds a mind boggling ERA of just 0.36 in his last four starts. His WHIP is holding up there well as well with a 0.64. In that span he has only given up one run to the Toronto Blue Jays. Archer is great at home and on the road, but he really turns it up to another level when he is in Tampa. He has only given up 7 runs in 31 innings pitched, where he holds a 1.74 ERA. Archer doesn’t put many on base either, as his OBP of .258 and 0.90 WHIP indicates.
The San Francisco Giants are a team going in the opposite direction. The Giants have been going in the opposite direction for quite some time now, in fact. The have essentially called it a year, and are just trying to ride out the rest of the reason and finish up somewhat respectable. Their abysmal offense has been to blame, not their pitching staff, especially Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner has been a lone bright spot for the Giants this season. Like Archer, Bumgarner has been difficult to hit throughout this year. And just like Archer, he has been hot lately. In Bumgarner’s last three starts, the young leftie has pitched his way to a 1.23 ERA. Consequently, Bumgarner and Archer have a combined ERA of 1.59 in the last three games.
I like the Rays to edge the Giants out Friday night, but it shouldn’t be by too much as it should be a low scoring matchup. I think along the lines of 3-1 or 4-1. My official play is going to be the UNDER 7 with a lean on the Rays.
Free Pick: UNDER 7