The Milwaukee Brewers provided plenty of July 4th fireworks in the top of the 5th inning, as they erupted for 6 runs in the top of 5th inning. That pretty well pushed us OVER for the win on this holiday weekend. Note, that I have had a couple of pops, so bear with me if you happen to encounter any typos. If you don’t, then bravo to you, or bravo to me for not running into any problems. Anyways, last night I didn’t get to catch much of the game, but all that matters is it looked like a winner to me on the OVER 8.5 in the Brewers and Reds. It appears that it wasn’t much of a challenge after the first half of the game, as the Brewers took care of business to carry the load on that total. Let’s move onto Sunday, where some of you are probably nursing a nice hungover, or were smart and feeling nice and refreshed on this Sunday afternoon.
Many of you don’t want to admit it or fail to realize it, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are a fine baseball team. They hold the 3rd best pitching statistics in baseball and have been pretty potent on offense as well to boot. There are plenty of pitchers on this staff that you may have never really heard about, but they are there, and making a lot of noise for the Pirates. Is this going to translate into a successful postseason? Or even a win in the postseason for that matter? Hard to say at this point, but they are doing about all they can do at this point. The Indians have been on bit of a roll, but the Pirates will look to slow them down at home on Sunday. The Tribe were winners of five straight before being knocked down last night. We examine this game and look for a winner below.
Cleveland Indians vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Danny Salazar (7-3, 3.80 ERA) vs. Gerrit Cole (11-3, 2.20 ERA)
Have you heard the name Gerrit Cole? Because the media probably hasn’t told you much about him, but he is a big reason for why the Pirates are sitting at 45-34. Cole is responsible for 11 of those wins, and it is looking like he will be responsible for more if he keeps it up in the second half of the season. The second half, though, can be a different animal. It is a different season in itself, so the Pirates better not be reliant solely on what they are doing now. Still a worlds away from accomplishing anything. And for the Indians, they can’t stop pushing. They are a few games under .500 and with some kind of huge run, they may find themselves in contention, but let’s lean on the side of caution and say they aren’t going to catch up in the race for the AL Central. The Pirates, on the other hand, are looking to make a greater run deep into the postseason.
Looking at this game as a whole, it is hard to bet against the Pirates. Gerrit Cole has been a rock for the Pirates, as he has earned himself a 2.20 ERA thus far this season. Keep it up and Cole will be seeing a big pay bump in his future. In his last ten starts, he only has one that has exceeded 3 runs allowed. I like for this game to be the Gerrit Cole show in Pittsburgh, with the Pirates picking up a victory on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians, sending the Indians to two straight losses after that little run they had going. The Pirates have been undervalued all season long and this afternoon is no different.
PICK: PIRATES TO WIN -125