My four-game winning streak was snapped in frustrating fashion, as we had a fifth straight winner on the racquet with the Diamondbacks leading 7-2 heading into the top of the ninth. The San Diego Padres, not known for their offensive prowess tallied an insane six runs in the top of the ninth to win 8-7 in dramatic fashion (and spoil an UNDER play as well).
If you are keeping score at home, the Padres five-run comeback was their largest of the season and the first time they scored six runs in a single inning in nearly two full seasons (April 2016). Baseball, man. Baseball…
We will try to get back on track with a winner today – though admittedly my head and heart is in Florida as lots of friends, family, and wonderful readers are in the path of a real nightmare. Be safe friends. Please.
By the way, if a record falls in the forest and one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?? The Indians will find out tonight as their franchise-record winning streak rumbles on at 8 pm on ESPN opposite Cowboys vs. Giants Week One – I know NFL is king these days, but it is certainly worth flipping over to catch a few innings….
Today’s MLB Pick:
San Diego Padres +207 at Arizona Diamondbacks -220 (Total: 9)
Luis Perdomo (7-9, 4.62 ERA) vs. Robbie Ray (12-5, 2.80 ERA)
The Padres are looking for a surprising sweep of the D’Backs a day after a most surprising comeback win. But they will likely find that a tall order today with D’Back’s co-ace Robbie Ray on the mound and his sub-three ERA. Ray has been absolutely ‘I want the ball in the Wildcard Game’ filthy in his last three starts. He has allowed just a single run in 18+ innings and tallied a ludicrous 33 strikeouts. That is unhittable dominance, and I think he will deliver the Padres a little comeuppance this afternoon in the desert.
Arizona has dropped two straight to the Padres, but it isn’t the fault of the bats. They’ve scored 13 runs in two defeats, but haven’t gotten the pitching to support it. That should be rectified today with Ray.
Opposing him is Luis Perdomo, and it could bode even more trouble for the Pads. He has given up 16 hits and 13 runs in seven innings to Arizona, including three homeruns. This game has Arizona romp written all over it, which makes the runline a nice value at just -120.
Today’s MLB Pick: ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS RUNLINE -1.5 (-120)