The Diamondbacks took care of the Dodgers in dramatic fashion, winning 3-1 in the tenth inning to deliver us the slight plus-money victory and to more importantly, give the Diamondbacks a franchise-record twelfth straight win. It was also yet ANOTHER loss for the suddenly spiraling Dodgers who are as cold the last two weeks as they were hot for nearly all of their record-breaking summer. Is this time to panic for the Dodgers, or are they merely taking advantage of their massive cushion and gaming the ten-day disabled list to get some valuable rest for October? And if so… can they turn it back on that easily??
According to ESPN stats, their frightening 1-10 stretch may not be quite as frightening as it seems. Each of the last four World Series Champs endured a similar (2-9) stretch during their title season…
It’s getaway day for a lot of teams today, but let’s head to a night divisional matchup and see if we can get away with another win…
Today’s MLB Pick:
Washington Nationals -119 at Miami Marlins +109 (Total: 8.5)
Gio Gonzalez (13-6, 2.58 ERA) vs. Dillon Peters (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Nationals wrap up a series today in Miami in a time where more than just baseball players are thinking about getting the heck out of town. It will be an interesting game today with so many people bracing for a potentially catastrophic storm heading towards South Florida.
Alas, tonight’s game will be business as usual, and that could spell trouble for the Fish. Gio Gonzalaez is a hometown kid, and enjoys facing his hometown team. Gonzalez is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Marlins this year. For his career, he is 9-3 with a 1.94 ERA in 15 career starts against the Marlins. That’s pretty dominating stuff. Look for him to be strong for a team that has been good on the road this season, posting a 44-27 record.
The Marlins will counter with Dillon Peters, making just his second Major League appearance. His first was a rousing success, throwing seven scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over Philadelphia, but the Nationals aren’t the Phillies. These guys can HIT, and they can hit all day. I expect his perfect ERA to take some blemishes tonight and give the Nationals a big starting pitching advantage tonight.
If I can get the better team, who is also excellent on the road, with a Cy Young candidate on the mound at near even money, I’m heading that direction. The value is with the Nats tonight.
Today’s MLB Pick: WASHINGTON NATIONALS TO WIN -119