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Nationals vs. Cardinals Pick MLB – July 1st

Better team.  Better pitcher.  Better road record.  AND Plus-Money??  Read on for today's featured pick...

Gerrit Cole had a rough night last night, getting absolutely pummeled by the San Francisco Giants and our UNDER play was quickly evaporated. I felt good with two talented pitchers who had shown recent signs of reverting to All Star form, especially since each were facing less-than-stellar offenses, but it wasn’t to be. We will try to shake off the dust and grab a winner today to cap off an otherwise successful week.

Speaking of shaking off the dust, the Colorado Rockies got a desperately needed victory yesterday, ending an eight-game losing streak with a series-opening win over Arizona. This is a HUGE weekend for the Rockies, not just because of how fast the pace is atop the NL West, but also given their recent history of hot starts back ended with miserable finishes. This year’s team FEELS different, but this weekend will be a big sign of where 2017 could be headed…

Let’s get back on track and start the Holiday weekend with a winner!

Today’s MLB Pick:

Washington Nationals +104 at St. Louis Cardinals-114 (Total: 8)
Gio Gonzalez (7-2, 2.89 ERA) vs. Michael Wacha (4-3, 4.50 ERA)

Gio started the season looking like a Cy Young contender before a rough May ballooned his otherwise excellent stats. However, since May 26th, he has been lights-out. Gonzalez hasn’t failed to deliver a quality start in the entire month of June, posting a 3.5 to 1 K to BB ratio, a 2.54 ERA and a dazzling 0.94 WHIP. He has been All-Star worthy, and a big reason why the Nats are running away with the least competitive division in baseball.

Opposing Gio is Michael Wacha. Wacha has been pretty erratic this season, and has failed to pitch into even the FIFTH inning in five of his last ten starts. He has a few good outings sprinkled in, but overall, he has failed to live up to expectations this season. He faces a tough test today in the most prolific offense in the National League, as well as a team that is undaunted by going on the road. The Nationals are 25-16 away from home, so there’s no solace in being at Busch Stadium today.

I’m surprised the Nats are slight underdogs. Better team, better home/road record and a much better starting pitcher. That all adds up to a big advantage in my handicapping book. Add in the fact I can get slim plus-money with the Nats as well, and I am definitely in on Gio and Washington this evening.

Today’s MLB Pick: WASHINGTON NATIONALS TO WIN +104

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