The Cubs and Diamondbacks battled through a close game into extra innings. The Cubs tacked on 2 runs in the top of the 10th which looked like it was good enough to put the Diamondbacks away. The D-Backs ended up scoring 2 runs themselves in the bottom of the 10th. Not just scored 2 runs, but they did it all with 2 outs. The Cubs had 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th with no runners on, just 1 out needed to secure the win, but then a runner got on, which was followed by a bomb by Goldschmidt with 2 strikes to tie the game up at 4-4. I feel like if I had the OVER there that would have never happened. I have been on the receiving end of some ridiculous beats, but I don’t think I have had many miraculous wins. The D-Backs ended up going on to win in the bottom of the 13th.
Moving on to today where the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies follow up their late night last night with an afternoon matchup in Denver. Has that place become the new Seattle or what? Every time I am looking at their weather it’s raining there. The Giants had a 11-4 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th, with the Rockies making it somewhat interesting after a long delay that took hours, 11-8 Giants final. The balls are still flying out of that park with the air in Colorado. That will never change as long as the Rockies are playing there. Unfortunately for the Rockies, it is difficult to attract top talent at pitcher due to the fact no one wants to be pitching in that ballpark. Finding an ace really has to come down to drafting and developing talent in the minors. The train rolls on today in Colorado, where another struggling Rockie pitcher takes the mound. Struggling almost always takes the form of pitching at home, as it can be one of the trickier places to pitch.
San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
Christopher Heston (3-3, 3.72 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.53 ERA)
It is Jordan Lyles turn to try and tame Coors Field this afternoon. He has an order that asks him to slow down the Giants’ offense that just scored 11 runs the day before. The Giants’ offense kind of operates in spurts, they’ll be great for a few games, then completely fall off the map for a stretch of games. Catching them when the offense is working can be profitable. They have been playing great baseball lately and are 8-2 in their last ten games. The Giants usually peak around September and October, but right now they are playing well enough to go on an impressive run. Sweeping the Dodgers is impressive and coming back on the road with a win against the Rockies is impressive as well. Lyles looks to slow them down today, in game 1 of a double header.
Lyles enters with a 4.53 ERA which is just about all you can ask from him really. Pitching since 2011 with the Astros Lyles has been a career 5.00 ERA hurler. His best season was a 4.33 ERA last year. In his last three tilts, Lyles has a 5.14 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP. In his last fourteen innings he’s allowed 8 runs. Christopher Heston, who is getting his first full-time in the majors, has been getting roughed up as well. Heston enters with an overall ERA of 3.72 and has been getting worked lately with a 6.19 ERA in his last three outings. Similar to last night, runs should be aplenty in Colorado tonight. Note that this is for game 1 of a double header. I’ll take the OVER 10.
PICK: OVER 10 RUNS (+102)