We got back to our winning ways yesterday with an easy winner with Edinson Volquez and the Kansas City Royals. It was the fifth straight good outing for Volquez, who now reunited with Johnny Cueto, could be the elusive #2 starter in the Royals rotation. If both he and Ventura can be solid the rest of the year, you have three starters with legit stuff in the postseason pitching ahead of the best bullpen in the American League.
At least one other American League team made a blockbuster move, albeit one that doesn’t make a ton of sense. The Blue Jays, who can hit for days and are just lacking frontline starting pitching made a deal… for Troy Tulowitski? The oft-injured shortstop is undoubtedly one of the best in the bigs when healthy, but the move to get a bat seems at best a bit puzzling. Perhaps this is just stage one of a two part trade that will flip Tulo for some arms? It’ll be worth keeping an eye on for sure….
Let’s see if we can make yesterday the start of a big week and notch another winner.
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Today’s Free Pick:
San Diego Padres at New York Mets
James Shields vs. Noah Syndergaard
What do you get when you place two top-tier starting pitchers against two of the worst offenses in baseball? Quite likely, a lot of zeros staring back at you on the scoreboard. That is my supposition tonight as Shields and Syndergaard get a chance at a pair of team hitting .233 each.
Shields has traded on a catchy moniker for a quite a while now, and truth be told, he is a good but far from GREAT big league pitcher. He enters tonight with a pedestrian 3.77 ERA, especially pitching half his games in Petco Park. And while he is 8-3 personally, the Padres are just 11-10 in games he has started. However, pitching against the Mets is usually a treat. If you toss out their bizarre 15-run anomaly last week, they have tallied just 22 runs in their last nine games, and seven of them came n another rare outburst. Excluding those two games, they have averaged less than two runs a contest since the All Star Break.
Which leaves tonight’s success hinging on another dynamite young pitcher, Noah Syndergaard. He doesn’t get the attention of Harvey and hasn’t had the results of deGrom, but he has been very good this season. He enters with a 4-5 record, but a 2.79 ERA and a solid 1.11 WHIP. The Mets are 6-7 in games he starts, but it is hardly his fault. His team can’t hit. In fact, he has just a lone win in his last three starts despite a 1.80 ERA.
I can’t see either team doing much damage at the dish tonght. It all adds up to a lackluster 3-2, 3-1 type baseball game. I’ll take the UNDER 7, and would have even liked it at 6.5 with a little less juice (if that line is out there for you)