Maybe there is some cause for concern in La La Land… the Dodgers dropped their 12th of 13 games last night, this time getting pummeled with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. The “resting” or “Spring Training Mode” excuse could have some validity to it, but it seems like about time for the Dodgers to at least get back to competence. They’ve been easily the worst team in all of baseball for two full weeks now, long enough to have some legitimate concern creep in to the World Series dream.
Elsewhere we grabbed a third straight winner as the Cubs bats came to life and easily eclipsed the run total in an 8-2 victory at Pittsburgh. It was also a big win for the Cubs to battle back to split the series after the first two games were an absolute disaster. The Cubbies currently sit a comfortable five games ahead of both St. Louis and Milwaukee with just over three weeks remaining in the regular season. It looks like the Cubs will get a chance to defend their crown, and with the recent Dodgers vulnerability, it looks like a wide open field, so why not a Cubs repeat? (Aside from the petrifying Indians…)
Today’s MLB Pick:
Colorado Rockies +180 at Los Angeles Dodgers -190 (Total: 8)
German Marquez (10-6, 4.26 ERA) vs. Yu Darvish (8-11, 4.09 ERA)
Look, I’m not writing off the Dodgers either, but placing a slumping pitcher and a mightily slumping team as a nearly one to two favorite seems a little overly aggressive. Yu Darvish has allowed eleven runs in his last three starts, spanning just 13 innings. He has walked seven batters with 14 K’s and has been generally erratic. In fairness, aside from his splashy debut in Los Angeles, it is pretty much how Darvish’s season has gone in general. He came over with a losing record and an ERA of four, and has been largely the same in Dodger Blue.
Opposing Darvish is German Marquez. The rookie started the season 9-4, but has gone just 1-2 with a 4.67 ERA in his last seven starts. Much like his Rockies teammates, he is trying to stabilize and hold on for the postseason. Hus ability to do so will have a great impact on whether or not the Rockies can. There is some nice value in Marquez at +180, but the Dodgers are also confident things will turn around with Corey Seager back in the lineup tonight. Is tonight the start of the healthy turnaround, the regression back to the mean of excellence?
Either way, I like the bats tonight, especially with the low total of 8. Neither pitcher has been sharp in weeks, and neither lineup is anything to be trifled with, especially with Seager rejoining the fold.
Today’s MLB Pick: RUN TOTAL OVER 7.5 (-110)