All good things must come to an end… and we met that end in agonizing fashion last night. The St. Louis Cardinals could likely care less – they still won the game, but the two runs they allowed the Braves in the bottom of the ninth stole our sixth straight winner (Cards -1.5, -115), as they ended up winning the contest by a 6-5 final score.
Alas, it’s been a good week for me on thesportsgeek.com, and it’s been a perfect week of baseball for St. Louis who now sit in a deadlock tie with the Cubs for the lead in the National League Central. The Brewers won and Pirates lost to keep the race at two games and three games back, respectively.
It was a NOT a good day for the Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper. The Nats star hyperextended his knee last night and the entire organization will wait with bated breath for find out just how bad the injury is. If it is season-ending, yet another agonizing chapter in Nats tantalizing misery could be forthcoming…
Today’s MLB Pick:
Colorado Rockies -105 at Miami Marlins -102 (Total: 8.5)
German Marquez (9-4, 3.88 ERA) vs. Vance Worley (2-2, 4.82 ERA)
Note to Rockies’ 22-year old German Marquez: discretion is the better part of valor. Be CAREFUL with Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins slugger is LOCKED IN right now, homering in 20 of his last 32 games and became the third-faster player to reach the 40-homer run plateau since 2000. The Marlins are five games under .500 but have won five of their last seven series, basically on the broad back of Stanton.
The Fish will give the ball to Vance Worley, whose season stats aren’t great, but most of his stats have compiled as a reliever. The Marlins are 3-0 in his three starts, and in his last two, he went 13 innings allowing just a single earned run. Good numbers for sure, but he only struck out five batters against three walks, which isn’t enough bat-missing ability when facing the Rockies potent lineup.
I like the Rockies to get some production today, and for German Marquez to have the pitching advantage. The Rockies hurler has delivered a club rookie record six straight quality starts, posting a 4-0 record with 41 strikeouts and just 10 walks during that stretch. Perhaps he has both the stuff AND the moxie to cool off the scorching Stanton…
Either way; pitching edge, better lineup and hot starter – I’ll take the Rockies at a good price today in Miami.
Today’s MLB Pick: COLORADO ROCKIES TO WIN -105