I couldn’t have done any better last week. No really, when you go a perfect 7-0 there is nothing to be disgruntled about. The thing with all of those wins is that none of them were close wins, they all cashed easily giving us no stress at all. I can only hope to handicap this week as well as I did last. I’m fairly confident I am going to keep the good times going, so let’s look to continue my winning streak into this week.
Free MLB Pick:
Pittsburgh Pirates -150 at San Diego Padres +130 (Total: 6.5)
Francisco Liriano (13-5, 2.68 ERA) vs. Andrew Cashner (8-10, 3.83 ERA)
The Pittsburgh Pirates make the long distance to San Diego for a series with the Padres. The first place Pirates, will send Francisco Liriano to the mound in attempt to bounce back from yesterdays misfortunes, a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at home. Liriano has been a consistent pitcher this season, outside of one bad start, that has provided the Pirates with some good innings of work. Liriano is 13-5 on the season and a big reason for why the Pirates are at where they are. He posts an excellent ERA of 2.68 and solid 1.20 WHIP. If you look at Liriano’s splits, you will find plenty of 0’s and 1’s to his credit, but there is one start that sticks out like a sore thumb. Two starts ago in Colorado, he allowed 10 runs to the Rockies in 2.1 innings pitched. However, even after destroyed like that, Liriano still boasts terrific numbers. He bounced back in a big way against the Cardinals, allowing just 1 run in 9 innings of work.
Conversely, the Padres will go with Andrew Cashner. Cashner is one of those pitchers you aren’t going to hear much about. He isn’t going to be featured on Sportscenter anytime soon or anything like that, but he has turned in some quality starts for the Padres. Pitching in one of the comfiest parks for pitchers doesn’t help either. At home Cashner features an ERA of 2.51 with a low 1.06 WHIP. Like Liriano, he has been consistent throughout the year, so it’s pretty much a sure bet what you’re going to get out of him. In Cashner’s case, you’re usually looking at 2 or 3 runs given up. He has improved as the season has gone forward, so that’s a good sign as well.
Nothing really flashy about this matchup, but I have made a killing off of games that haven’t been on many peoples radar. I foresee this one being one of those ugly games that will have a lot of people flipping the channel to see what else is on. That’s okay though, because that usually means it’s an ugly, low scoring affair. I see both pitchers inducing plenty easy outs Monday night, giving way to a game where runs will be at a premium. If you’re looking for lots of runs look away, but you can always try and cash an under ticket along with me
Free Pick: UNDER 6.5