The Cubs all but sealed the NL Central with a third win in four games against Milwaukee in a tense and thrilling weekend series. They have a chance to finish things off the next few days with a head-to-head against St. Louis. The biggest beneficiary of the Cubs hot play might be the Colorado Rockies. They were shut out three times last week (three of their last five games) but actually saw their lead INCREASE to two games yesterday thanks to losses by Milwaukee and the Cardinals.
Things are dire for the pair of NL Central teams chasing the Rox. Milwaukee has the day off before welcoming the Reds to Miller Park for three games and the Cardinals begin the HUGE series with the Cubbies. Meanwhile, Colorado is sitting at home awaiting the slumping Marlins. It’s going to take some luck and a week of blistering play for either to catch Colorado…
Let’s see if we can start the week better than we ended the last. We came up just short of a huge underdog payday as the Diamondbacks walked off in a 3-2 win. It was a daring play that looked promising, but alas, a loss is a loss. Time to get a W.
Today’s MLB Pick:
San Diego Padres +230 at Los Angeles Dodgers -260 (Total: 8)
Travis Wood (3-3, 6.23 ERA) vs. Yu Darvish (3-3, 3.80 ERA)
Is Yu Darvish ready to be the Game Two starter in the Postseason? Well, if his last two starts are any indication, he is getting into big game form at just the right time. He will look to deliver a third straight scoreless outing tonight in what is likely his last appearance of the regular season. Darvish went on the 10-day DL on Aug. 19 and missed a start, then really struggled in his next three outings. But the last two starts have been a great return to form, and I think he can keep it going against the Padres tonight.
Travis Wood was good in his last outing, but in the two prior he was chased to the dugout by the third inning. The Dodgers were embarrassed by the Padres in their last series, so there could be a little extra bounce in the Dodgers now-healthy step this week. As silly as it sounds for a team that is going to win over 100 games (probably), the Dodgers could actually USE a little momentum this week. I think they buckle back down and try to finish up the season strong after a recent 5-20 ATS run.
The Dodgers are a nice value on the runline at -120 IF you think, like I do, that Darvish is going to completely flummox the Padres offense and throw up nothing but zeros. The Dodgers should be able to make some progress off the 30-year old journeyman left-hander as well.
Today’s MLB Pick: LOS ANGELES DODGERS RUNLINE -1.5 (-120)