We hit a nice double-up winner last night with the Astros both winning comfortably (4-1) as well as keeping the total well under the ballooned total of nine for two nice near even-money winners. It’s a good start to the MLB week at 3-0 with all three winners coming without paying a favorite premium, so let’s see if we can keep it going all week long.
There are a ton of afternoon games on a great Wednesday get-away day, including the conclusion of the wild and wildly entertaining Royals/Yankees series and a dynamite matchup between Chris Archer and King Felix in the Tampa Bay/Seattle finale, but for our pick we will focus on an evening game to balance out the picks to accompany Kyle’s afternoon selection.
Let’s dive in and check in on one of the more intriguing series and matchups so far in MLB so far in 2015.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs (Total: 6.5)
Max Scherzer vs. Jon Lester
I know both teams can mash when things are right but we have a dynamite pitching matchup that could take center stage tonight. A run total line of six and a half seems really low, but it could really seems pretty high given the pedigree and recent performance of both starters. Lester was miserable to start the season but now has five good starts in a row and is 2-0 with 2.70 ERA and 17 K’s over his last three starts.
Scherzer has been even better. He is a perfect 3-0 with a 0.77 ERA in his last three outings. He has fanned a staggering 23 batters against just 4 walks over a solid 22.0 innings pitched. The Cubs are young and aggressive – and strikeout prone. Don’t be surprised to see Scherzer flirt with double digit punch-out’s tonight.
It’s impossible to talk about this game without mentioning Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. The young phenoms have been rivals since their Vegas high school days, but it is also worth noting that Harper is a full year younger than Bryant. Bryce hit his league-leading 17th jack last night and frankly all the “overrated” talk seems downright insane as he marches towards an MVP and a age-22 season for the record books in the history of baseball lore.
But as tantalizing as the two young stars are to talk about, let’s be frank, tonight is all about the starting pitchers. I think they’ll own the night and make that run total of 6.5 seem cheap. This could be a 3-1, 2-1 type ballgame, regardless of the hotness of either lineup.
I’m taking the under, and looking forward to a fun game at Wrigley.