We notched a nice double-down win last night with the Rays handling the Rangers relatively easily, 6-3. The Rangers misery continued with AAA Robbie Ross getting roughed up for six earned in just 4 1/3 innings, and the Rays cruised to an easy win from there. It’s nice to get a win with the Rays at a decent line, plus the plus-money line of the -1.5 runline. We will try to keep it up today and kick off the weekend with another nice winner.
Meanwhile, congrats to Rob Manfred on being appointed the tenth Commissioner in Major League Baseball history. Hopefully he can do a great job of boosting national interest and recruiting some more younger fans to the great game… and maybe even fix the All-Star Game rules…
Let’s get on to today’s free picks.
Today’s Free Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies +149 at San Francisco Giants -159 (Total: 6)
Cole Hamels vs. Madison Baumgardner
Whether or not the long since dead-in-the-water Phillies should have held on to Hamels is debatable. But the fact that he is once again pitching like an ace and one of the best left-handers in baseball is not. Hamels has gone at least seven innings in each of his last five starts and hasn’t allowed more than a single run in ANY of them. It’s a pretty remarkable run and he is 3-1 with 0.73 ERA and a WHIP well under one over that time.
He will be opposing the Giants makeshift ace, Madison Baumgardner. Things have gone a little differently for Madison, especially at home. He is 1-3 with a 6.99 ERA in five starts at home since June 10th. We’ve written about the overall woes of the Giants several times lately, but it bears mentioning again that since their sizzling 42-21 start they have now gone 21-36 and have a loing record at home.
So – to recap; we can get the hottest pitcher, a dominant lefty, against a team that is one of the worst in baseball the last two months AND get big-time plus money? I’m in.
To make things even sweeter, the Giants are just 8-22 over their last 30 home games, and Cole Hamels is 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA against the Giants since 2011. Granted, he doesn’t have nearly the team behind him that he has for most of his Philly career, but his pitching dominance should be enough to grab the win.
At +149, it’s hard to ignore this one tonight.