The opening of the Subway Series resulted in a 4-2 win for the Yankees. Their intercity rivals are back in action tonight, and once again the focus will likely be on the starting pitching. Can Sonny Gray and Jacob deGrom keep the bats quiet for a second straight night?
We were unable to snap our losing skid last night as the Miami Marlins handled their business with ease to hang me with a loss. Last week was near-perfect, but the tide turned this weekend and we will be seeking a slump buster tonight with a couple of decent options to select.
Elsewhere last night, the Cubs hung 15 runs on the Reds to take advantage of the Cards and Brewers day off to put a half game distance on the field. St. Louis will get back to business tonight with a highly anticipated matchup with the Boston Red Sox featuring Mike Leake and Rick Porcello, and the Pirates and Brewers begin a hugely important series in Milwaukee as both fight to remain in the playoff hunt.
But the story last night was the heroic return of Chad Bettis to the Colorado Rockies. Bettis made his first start after returning from cancer treatment and hurled seven scoreless innings. There are some moments that are bigger than sports and fandom, regardless of what team you root for, it was pretty tough not to be rooting for Bettis last night…
Today’s MLB Pick:
New York Mets +130 at New York Yankees -140 (Total: 8)
Jacob deGrom (13-5, 3.21 ERA) vs. Sonny Gray (6-7, 3.39 ERA)
I thought this game would carry a run total of 7.5 or maybe even 7, but Vegas is showing some respect to these respective lineups – more than I would. Jacob deGrom has been absolutely lights-out lately. He is 9-2 with a 1.82 ERA in his last 11 starts, striking out 85 batters and walking just 16. The Yankees lineup will have a tough task tonight and the odds of Aaron Judge tying a MLB record with a strikeout in his 32nd consecutive game seems all but certain against the Mets fireballer.
Meanwhile, Sonny Gray is no slouch himself. The Yankees made waves by acquiring the longtime A’s pitcher at the trade deadline, and for good reason. Gray lacks the wins, but that is more on his old mates than his own performance. Gray is just 4-4 in his last eight starts but he owns a 1.75 ERA over that stretch.
There is some concern after deGrom left his last start after being struck on the forearm, but if Mets management is willing to put him on the mound tonight in such a meaningless season, that’s good enough for me. And if he is on the mound, it is unlikely a lot of runners will be crossing home plate.
Today’s MLB Pick: RUN TOTAL UNDER 8