The Seattle Mariners were able to get the best of the San Francisco Giants in game 1 of their series yesterday with a 5-1 win. The Giants have had a season marred with winning streaks and losing streaks. There hasn’t been much consistency, as one week they’ll go on a five or six game run, and then the next week turn around and lose five straight. As it is now, the Giants are on a five game losing streak after losing to the Mariners last night at home. Home has not been all that kind to the Giants, where they are playing below .500 at 16-18. On the year the Giants are 34-31, so definitely in a spot where they can turn on the jets in the second-half of the year and make a run at yet another World Series. They tend to play their best baseball of the year when it counts, deep in the season, and in the playoffs. I wouldn’t put it past them that they do it again. Perhaps it will come down to how a complimentary pitcher, such as Tim Lincecum does then. He gets the nod this afternoon for the Giants, as they look to snap their five game skid.
That was kind of a kick in the gut yesterday on my pick. I really liked the UNDER in that game, but opted to go with the Yankees instead. Second guess yourself and that is usually the result. The Yankees’ Tanaka pitched well enough, but the offense didn’t seem interested in playing last night. Credit to Koehler, though, who did a good job limited them. The Stanley Cup Finals wrapped up last night, as the Blackhawks knocked off the Lightning to win their third Stanley Cup in six years. With that win the Blackhawks have cemented themselves as a dynasty. It was also nice to end the season with a winning pick. The end of a sports season is always bittersweet, and with the NBA concluding either tonight or on Friday, baseball will dominate the sports landscape until August when the NFL preseason gets underway. Let’s take a look at what Tuesday has in store for us.
Seattle Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants
J.A. Happ (3-2, 3.72 ERA) vs. Tim Lincecum (6-3, 3.33 ERA)
The Giants have to be feeling pretty frustrated going on impressive runs and then giving it all back with a string of losses. It’ll be Tim Lincecum’s job to stop the bleeding today against the Mariners. This season has been a disappointing one for the Mariners, who finally on paper had an offense in place, but in retrospect on the field it hasn’t been able to come to fruition. While the Giants haven’t been at their best at home this season, there has been one player that has, Lincecum. He comes in with an ERA of just 1.98 at home, and after a couple of okay starts on the road, Lincecum should feel more comfortable at home where he has looked great. In four out of six home starts he’s held opposing teams to less than 2 runs.
Conversely, J.A. Happ has been getting hammered on the road, posting a mark of 6.14 towards his ERA with a 1.57 WHIP and .351 OBP. A big contrast to at home, where his ERA is at 1.88. The numbers say that he also despises playing during the day, where his ERA has reached 7.48 compared to a 1.96 at night. Even more starting is his career against the Giants: 7.63 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and .348 OBP. This looks like a good spot for the Giants to pick up a win after dropping five in a row. The pitching matchup says that they should be bigger favorites in this game today.
PICK: GIANTS TO WIN -118