We came up a half-run short last night as the bullpens were able to toss up zeros in the final innings in the Nationals 6-2 win over Philadelphia. For both teams, it was more of the same. The Nats keep winning, even with Bryce Harper sidelined for another contest, and the Phillies keep losing. Add in the Marlins and Mets struggles and Washington is flirting with running away and absolutely hiding in the NL East.
A favorite who ISN’T running away and hiding are the defending Champs, the Chicago Cubs. The Cubbies dropped their second straight against the resurgent Yankees to fall to just 16-14 on the season; the identical record to the Cincinnati Reds who again walloped the Giants and have outscored them 27-5 so far in this two games series.
Can it continue? Probably not. But it is fun to see the Reds, Rockies and Diamondbacks all in the mix more than a month in to the 2017 season.
Let’s see if we can wrap up the weekend with a winner to hopefully propel us into a much better week ahead…
Today’s MLB Pick:
New York Yankees +130 at Chicago Cubs -135 (Total: 7)
Luis Severino (2-2, 3.86 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (1-1, 3.67 ERA)
The New York Yankee youngster will have his work cut out for him tonight trying to finish off a road sweep over the defending champs with their ace on the mound. But at 20-9, would you put anything past the Yankees at this point??
The Friday win was a stunner, but Saturday was a butt-kicking. The Cubs first-inning woes continued and the Yankees got out to an early lead and never looked back. Jon Lester has a 3.68 career ERA against the Yankees, but can we all agree that one is irrelevant? He has been away from Boston for a while now, and the Yankees have exactly zero of the guys who used to face, so that issue is a non-starter. The ISSUE tonight is the fact that Lester has allowed 12 runs in his last three starts that only totaled 15.2 innings. He has struggled getting out of the first inning, and the way the Yankees are hitting, that could spell some problems tonight.
Opposing Lester is Severino, who is coming off his worst outing of the year. He has a 3.05 ERA in his first start against a team, of which Chicago would qualify tonight, but it is hard to keep this Cubs lineup in check for too long.
Sunday Night Baseball. Bright Lights. Series-sweep on the line? I’ll take the veteran lefty, who is build for moments like this.
Today’s MLB Pick: CHICAGO CUBS TO WIN -135