We notched our second straight win yesterday as the Cincinnati Reds v. Chicago Cubs game went exactly as prescribed; Mat Latos, sick of having the bullie blow wins for him, pitched an extra inning and got through the seventh before handing the ball off to Broxton and Chapman for the 4-1 win. The Reds, who have been money in Chicago, extended the streak of not dropping consecutive games in Wrigley to nearly four years.
But the big news in baseball yesterday was Tim Lincecum once again going into “Freak” mode and no-hitting the San Diego Padres for the second time in as many seasons. You wouldn’t be a foolish bettor if that game scared you away, afterall something had to give yesterday. Was it the worst offense in baseball waking up or a pitcher three years into a slide that has seen him become a sub .500 pitcher with a nearly 5.00 ERA having a throwback to 2009 game?
Suffice it to say, it was the latter yesterday. As a baseball fan, I hope it is a sign of good things to come from one of the more enjoyable pitchers to watch over the last decade, but my gut-feel is that it was a guy facing a dreadful team in the afternoon on getaway day… we shall see.
In the meantime, let’s keep a decent week rolling with a little more momentum today.
Today’s Free Pick:
Miami Marlins +146 at Philadelphia Phillies -155 (Total: 7.5)
Tom Koehler (5-6, 3.74 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (2-4, 2.76 ERA)
Maybe another 2009-dominant pitcher can regain his form tonight against a struggling offense at home? I’m sure the Phillies and Cole Hamels would love to see that scenario unfold. Not that Hamels has been “bad” this season, after all the veteran lefty is sporting an ERA under three. But his record is just 2-4 and the Phillies record with him on the mound is an equally two-thirds unsuccessful 4-8.
I have a feeling he will finally get some deserved run support tonight against Tom Koehler and the Marlins. The Fish have been a little better lately on the road but are still just 14-21 away from home on the season, perhaps indicative of a team full of young talent. They won the first two of three this series, but I am backing Hamels to even the series this evening. This series has gone the Marlins way, but they are still just 3-9 in their last 12 games in Citizen Bank Park.
I’ll take a nice performance from Hamels today being enough to get them a victory.
Oh, and lets go Team USA!!! Totally on the soccer bandwagon…