We cashed in on an easy victory yesterday with the under in the Indians/Braves game. Kris Medlen was Kris Medlen circa 2012, which helped paved a win for the Braves 3-1. Medlen was dominate all night, giving up no runs, and in the process providing us with a winner on Thursday night. I also got a piece of the Patriots -1 in the preseason finale week, where we were sitting on a push until Tim Tebow gave us some late game heroics with a pointless TD toss with 6 seconds remaining. I’ll take it. I took in some college football games last night, but it’s back to the diamond to look for more units Friday night.
Free MLB Pick:
Miami Marlins +125 at Atlanta Braves -145 (Total: 6.5)
Jose Fernandez (10-5, 2.30 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (10-7, 3.08 ERA)
The Miami Marlins aren’t going to be winning anything come the end of the year, but what they do have is a talented young pitcher that could be a centerpiece of their franchise for years to come. To not many peoples expectations, Jose Fernandez has marked his claim as not one of the best young pitchers, but one of the best pitchers overall in baseball this season. Even pitching behind an abysmal offense, Fernandez has still managed a record of 10-5. Playing for the Marlins with a record like that, the ERA must be excellent, and it is in his case, where he carries a 2.30 into Friday night. Fernandez has been flat out insane in his last three outings, posting a 0.45 ERA and WHIP of only 0.75. Next to Clayton Kershaw, Fernandez has been the hottest pitcher in baseball. I think he’ll need to stay out to give the Marlins a chance here, because his counterpart, Julio Teheran, is no joke either.
Like Fernandez, not too many people had high expectations for Teheran this season either. I’m sure people in the Braves’ organization weren’t exactly sure what they were going to get, but nevertheless, Teheran has come out and has proved to many people that he is worthy of being here. His numbers have been great in 2013, with an ERA of 3.08 and 1.20 WHIP, it is safe to say that he has asserted himself well in the Braves’ rotation. Teheran sees an increase in production when pitching at home as well. In this regard, his ERA drops to 2.71 with a 1.15 WHIP. He’ll have the luxury of going against a Marlins team that has only managed to score 8 runs in their last four games. They have had trouble scoring runs all season, and it should continue against Teheran.
Fernandez is a budding start in this league, and I think people will be reminded of why I have been raving about him for months now. Like I alluded to last night, the Braves are a good team, but they love to win those 3-2, 4-1 type games. They rely on solid pitching, with Teheran being another one of those steady arms. The total is low at 6.5, but I don’t see this one reaching 7 runs. Consequently, I will take another stab in a Braves’ game Friday night.
Free Pick: UNDER 6.5