We split our Memorial Day MLB pick, with the Dodgers pulling out a late win over the Angels to snap their eight-game winning streak and give us a loss, but went comfortably over the run total (actually doubled it) in the process to even the daily mark.
Today we will try to find a few winners with a look at a few fun interleague rivalry matchups.
Today’s Free MLB Picks:
Philadelphia Phillies +118 at Boston Red Sox -122 (Total: 8)
Cliff Lee (5-2, 2.48 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster (2-5, 4.69 ERA)
The first thing that jumps up and SCREAMS at me with this line is that I have to give money if I want Ryan Dempster and his 1.40 WHIP against Cliff Lee?? That seems a bit odd to me. Lee has been excellent of late, winning two of his last three starts (A ND in the other) positing a 0.91 ERA with a WHIP of 0.78. He’s gone 23 innings in the process, eliminating the pressure on the Philllies suspect bullpen which has posted an ERA near four and a half this season.
Meanwhile, Dempster’s rocky introduction to the American League shows no signs of slowing. Perhaps it is simply a function of the fact he was a pretty average pitcher for MOST of his career before a sterling 2011 for the Cubs made him a highly-valued trade commodity at the deadline. His last three outings have been simply abominable, going 0-2 and lasting a total of 12 innings with an ERA of 10.66 and a ridiculous WHIP of 2.40.
Yes, Dempster is at home tonight and YES, the Red Sox lineup is far superior to that of Philadelphia, but if I get Cliff Lee facing off against Ryan Dempster AND +118, I’ll take it.
Free Pick: Philadelphia Phillies to WIN +118
Pittsburgh Pirates +144 at Detroit Tigers -152 (Total: 9.5)
Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 2.75 ERA) vs. Ricky Porcello (2-2, 6.28 ERA)
The Pirates are huge underdogs tonight even though they have the statistical starting pitching advantage. I’m not sure I’d go all in with this wager, but I do like them as a good value wager tonight. My favorite pick on this game is UNDER the 9.5 run total.
I think Gomez will do a decent job of holding the Tigers lineup to a reasonable output. He has been excellent in his five starts and the Pirates have won all five games he has pitched this year. Meanwhile, Porcello has had a rough start to the season, but has looked better in his last three outings. Pittsburgh’s strength as a team is their solid starting pitching and their excellent bullpen. I think they’ll keep this game in a reasonably low scoring range.
Free Picks: Pittsburgh Pirates to WIN +144 & Run TOTAL UNDER 9.5