We grabbed a plus-money winner last night to snap out of our week funk thank to the Dodgers easily dispatching the Marlins last night. The Marlins dropped their 18th game in 22 attempts, making them easily the most futile team in baseball over the last month and things are getting really ugly down in South Florida. I’m not sure how much longer Donny Baseball survives the mess unless things turn quickly…
Elsewhere yesterday, the Cubs capped off their sweep of the Cincinnati Reds to move to two games over .500. However, if you take away their 5-1 mark against Cincy, they are still well under .500 and looking a far cry from the dominant team that won 103 games a year ago. The Cubs will try to keep it going this afternoon against another surprising team they are hunting down in the standings, Milwaukee.
There are some really fun series this weekend; the Cubs and Brewers, obviously, as well as two perennial playoff teams having very different starts to the season, San Francisco at St. Louis.
Let’s see if we can start a little winning streak with today’s featured pick.
Today’s MLB Pick:
Colorado Rockies +103 at Cincinnati Reds -107 (Total: 8)
Tyler Anderson (2-4, 6.43 ERA) vs, Lisalverto Bonilla (0-1, 4.85 ERA)
It’s been a bad week for the Reds. They’ve lost every single game to run the streak to six straight L’s and they are starting yet another pitcher that wasn’t in their season-expected rotation. It’s a poor recipe for success for a team that has already had more starts made by non-opening day roster pitchers. However, if we take a nice big step back, and you eliminate the Cubs and Brewers from the Reds play, they are 17-10 and have one of the better run differentials in the National League.
I think that bodes well for a nice turnaround tonight.
It also bodes well to face Tyler Anderson. The Rockies hurler has been struggling in a major way, posting an ERA in the mid-sixes. The Reds starting pitching has struggled, but their bats haven’t. Add in a road trip to one of the most hitter-friendly parks not named Coors Field, and it seems likely Anderson’s struggle will continue. And lest you think his ERA is Coors inflated, he actually owns a WORSE road ERA, 7.84, in four starts in 2017.
Lisalverto Bonilla will be making his third start for the reds after being claimed on waivers from the Pirates. His last outing was his first career complete game, albeit a 3-1 loss at San Francisco. He will look to build on that positive result today to help the Reds snap their six-game slide.
Today’s MLB Pick: CINCINNATI REDS TO WIN -107