We came up a few runs short in last night’s mild-upset Reds win over the Cardinals as rookie Asher Wojciechowski allowed just two runs in his first MLB start and rode a Reds four-run seventh inning to a win in the 4-2 final. It’s always impressive for a rookie to holda veteran lineup completely in check in a hitter friendly park like Great American, so a tip of the cap to the rookie as I take my loss.
The league cranks back up in full swing today after a limited slate of action last night with every National League team in action. The schedule highlights include Adam Wainwright trying to keep up his recent stretch of vintage dominance in Cincinnati in Game Two of the series, Jake Arrieta trying to get his season heading in the right direction as the Cubs go for a fifth straight win at home tonight against the Marlins, and Max Scherzer and Brandon McCarthy dueling late out on the west coast in Los Angeles.
Let’s see if we can notch a winner tonight.
Today’s MLB Pick:
Washington Nationals -112 at Los Angeles Dodgers +108 (Total: 7.5)
Max Scherzer (6-3, 2.56 ERA) vs. Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 3.38 ERA)
Brandon McCarthy has been excellent this season. But if I can get Max Scherzer at near-even money, I am going to take a good hard look…
Scherzer has been DOMINANT in his last two outings, going 17.1 innings and allowing just two runs. In an era where pitchers go five or six, seeing a guy almost throw two complete games in a row is unheard of. Doing it with 24 strikeouts and two walks is even more impressive. The Nats have the best record in the National League, and if they can get anything close to the same effort from the reigning Cy Young Award winner, they are nearly impossible to beat.
McCarthy will do his best to match Max. He has been excellent in his own regard this season, posting a 3.38 ERA, but the Dodgers have been cautious with him since a rough outing at the end of April and a subsequent skipped start. He has been good in his last three outings, allowing only three runs, but he has lasted just 16 innings in the process.
The biggest difference tonight is the ability to miss bats. No one in the NL is doing it better than Scherzer, who enters leading in strikeouts and owns a 0.89 WHIP. I like him to be dominant again tonight, and at nearly even money, it is really hard not to take him and the Nats (who own the best record in the league) over McCarthy and the Dodgers.
Today’s MLB Pick: WASHINGTON NATIONALS TO WIN -112