The Tribe kept on rolling last night to record their 21st straight victory, and have emerged as the clear World Series favorite. The National League picture is a little murkier. The Dodgers got their second straight win last night and are getting healthy again, but the recent 11-game losing streak is certainly cause for pause. The Nationals are cruising along, slightly under the radar for a team with such a high level of offensive and pitching balance, and the Cubs offense has flexed some scary muscles the last few weeks (at times). The D’Backs ripped off a double-digit winning streak and even the second wild card battle between Colorado, St. Louis and Milwaukee has some teams with some winning streak potential.
It’s a pretty light slate of action in the National League today with a lot of teams getting an off day to travel for the weekend series. Only the Cubs and Cardinals have NL Playoff-impacting games today, but our pick focuses on a game with a little less meaning, but a more advantageous line.
Today’s MLB Pick:
Miami Marlins -124 at Philadelphia Phillies +115 (Total: 9.5)
Jose Urena (13-6, 3.61 ERA) vs. Jake Thomspon (1-2, 5.23 ERA)
The Marlins trot out their young emerging ace, Jose Urena to face one of the worst teams in all of baseball. Right there, -124 has my attention. Urena is having an excellent season after a disastrous 2016 campaign with an ERA over 6 but will need to be especially good tonight to contain Phillies MONSTER Rhys Hoskins. The rookie became the first player to belt 17 home runs in his first 33 games after going yard three times in the first two games of this series.
The Marlins have dropped 14 of 16 overall to play themselves well out of playoff positioning. But Urena has been good lately, allowing just a single run in each of his last two starts, and even prompting Manager Don Mattingly to proclaim him their staff ace. No word on if he said that with a painful grimace…
Opposing Urena will be Jake Thompson. The 23-year old has bounced back between the Majors and Minors and will be making just his sixth career start. He was lit up in his last outing and has allowed 11 runs in 16 innings in his three starts since his recent re-promotion.
I like the Fish tonight. Neither team is any good, but I can at least get a pitcher who IS at a fair price.
Today’s MLB Pick: MIAMI MARLINS TO WIN -124