I was a little nervous yesterday when the A’s fell behind 4-0 to the Yankees early in last night’s game. But Oakland battled back to a 7-4 win behind a pair of homeruns from Yoenis Cespedes and helped us notch our second straight winner. It’s still a tepid winning streak, but we will aim to keep it going tonight and see if we can keep the week clean.
In other big baseball news, CarGO appears to be heading to the disabled list, again, and the Rockies are already slumping. It has the feel of yet another “the Rockies are dangerous when Tulo and CarGo are healthy” type of season. The reason that is a “type” of season is because it happens seemingly EVERY YEAR. It’s a shame, because things are fun when the Rockies are relevant and balls are flying out of Coors Field. They are probably no match for the Giants and ultimately the Dodgers anyway, but it’s never good to see elite stars getting hurt.
Let’s move onto to happier things and today’s free pick.
Today’s Free Pick:
New York Mets +105 at Chicago Cubs -115 (Total: 7.5)
Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.42) vs. Travis Wood (5-5, 5.15 ERA)
I’m staking my chance at a three-game winning streak on the Cubs getting their first three game sweep at Wrigley Field since July 13-15th last season? Um. Yeah. Same sentence, only without the question mark.
The Cubs are not going to be mistaken for a “good team” at the end of the season, but over the last week, that’s exactly what they’ve been. They’ve won fove of their last six game in the Friendly Confines, and have done it with their pitchers posting a 1.24 ERA and holding batters to just a .201 batting average. That’s a good recipe for success, and I don’t see any reason why Travis Wood can’t keep it up today. Wood is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA over his last four starts after a really rough start to the season.
Over the past five years, he has been a solid left hander. While his last four starts might be a little better than can be expected, the first month of the season is certainly not the norm either. I expect a good, not dominant, performance tonight.
And good should be good enough to prevent Jacob deGrom from earning his first big league win in five attempts. His ERA is solid, but he needs a better offense and a better bullpen behind him; both have failed him reliably in his first four outings. I’ll take the Cubbies to win tonight at home and wrap up the series sweep.