Colorado Rockies @ Boston Red Sox (Red Sox -1.5 Runs -130)
Rockies (De La Rosa 1-3, 10.18) Red Sox (Price 6-1, 5.53)
Jorge de La Rosa has only made it out of the fifth inning once this season in five starts. Against the Red Sox there is a good chance that he will be knocked out of the game early again. Boston leads all of MLB in batting average and runs scored. After struggling early, David Price has now put together two straight solid starts. I like Boston to win at home by more then a run.
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox (White Sox Moneyline -165)
Indians (Tomlin 6-0, 3.56) White Sox (Sale 9-0, 1.58)
Chris Sale has allowed two runs or less in his last seven starts. Sale has won all nine of his starts this season. Josh Tomlin has pitched well this season, but not to the same level of Sale. Cleveland is still 7-0 so far when Josh Tomlin starts. In the battle of unbeaten pitchers I am picking Chris Sale and the White Sox to win.
Washington is 5-1 against left handed pitchers this season. The Nationals are also seventh in MLB in batting average against left handed pitchers. Conley has a 8.22 ERA in three career starts against Washington. I am picking Washington and Max Scherzer to win.
Chicago Cubs @ San Francisco Giants (Giants Moneyline -121)
Reds have dropped five straight and eight of their last nine games. Sending John Lamb to the mound against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez is not a good recipe for the Reds to break their losing streak. Look for Seattle to win.
Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants (Cubs Moneyline -160)
Cubs (Lester 4-2, 1.88) Giants (Cain 0-5, 5.87)
Matt Cain has pitched much better in his last two starts, but I still like the Cubs to win here. John Lester is 3-0 against the Giants with an ERA of 1.11 for his career. I am picking a Cubs victory.
Matt Shoemaker was solid on the road against the Dodgers on Monday night, but overall has not pitched well this season. The Angels are 2-11 when Shoemaker starts over the last two seasons. Shoemaker has a 14.40 ERA in three home starts this and a 9.58 ERA in five night starts this season. I like Baltimore to win and over 8 runs to be scored.
The Tigers have been struggling, but the Twins coming to Motown should be recipe for the Tigers to get back on track. Jose Berrios is a very promising young pitcher, but with Jordan Zimmerman on the mound I like the Tigers to beat the Twins for the fourth straight time this season.
Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals (Over 8 Runs -110)
Red Sox (Porcello 6-1, 3.54) Royals (Ventura 3-2, 4.62)
The last seven Red Sox games have gone over. The over is only 13-22-2 in Royal’s games. I like the over because Yordano Ventura has allowed 13 earned runs in his last 12 innings pitched. Rick Porcello has a 5.24 ERA in his last four starts at Kansas City. As tough as the Royals are against overs this season, over 8 runs is not too much to ask for here.
Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians (Reds Moneyline +135)
Reds (Lamb 0-0, 1.80) Anderson (0-3, 7.31)
Cody Anderson is 0-2 with a 5.49 ERA in four career interleague starts. This season Cleveland has lost all six games that Anderson has appeared in. The Indians are only hitting .234 and have 3-6 record against left handed pitchers this season. The Tribe are also only 1-5 in interleague play. I like the Reds as an underdog here.
Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodgers -1.5 Runs, +125)
All of Shoemaker’s losses have been by at least three runs this season. Current Dodgers have a .353 batting average against Shoemaker. Led by Kenta Maeda, I like the Dodgers to win by more then one run here.
We went 3-1 yesterday. We over analyzed our loss by picking the Pirates to beat the Cubs, however we are trending back in the right direction after a rough start to the week. 8-9 on the week so far and 35-26 on the season. Here are five picks for Saturday.
Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs (Cubs Moneyline -260)
A lot of juice with -260 odds, but still taking the Cubs and Jake Arrieta. No over thinking here, just take the Cubs.
Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox (Over 9.5 runs -115)
Astros (McHugh 4-3. 5.50) Red Sox (Buchholz 2-3, 5.90)
The over has now won in five consecutive Red Sox games. During the five game stretch the Red Sox have scored 57 runs by themselves. The over is 19-13-5 in Astros games this season. Red Sox hitters have a .329 career average against Colin McHugh who has been up and down so far this season. Clay Buchholz has only allowed less then four runs in two of his seven starts this season. I like this game to go over 9.5.
Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees (White Sox Moneyline -145)
White Sox (Quintana 5-1) Yankees (Nova 1-1, 4.34)
Jose Quintana has been great this season. The Yankees are only 4-9 against left handed pitchers this season. With Ivan Nova on the mound, the starting pitching match-up clearly favors the White Sox. Chicago is a better team and I am picking them to win.
Oakland A’s at Tampa Bay Rays (Rays Moneyline -150)
Ouch, 5-8 so far on the week and currently 32-25 on the season on our Get Sports Strong Blog picks. I was not crazy about too many MLB match-ups on Thursday, but the Phillies 7-4 extra inning win over Atlanta did get us back in the win column. Today we are back at it looking to close out the week strong. Here are four plays for Friday May 13.
Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs (Pirates Moneyline +135)
Yes, I am picking the Pirates. Since 2013 Francisco Liriano is 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA at Wrigley Field and current Cubs hitters are only hitting Liriano at a .194 clip, which includes Anthony Rizzo who is 4 for 23 lifetime against Liriano. The Cubs did sweep the Pirates in Pittsburgh less then two weeks ago, outscoring them 20-5 over three games. With Liriano pitching I feel that this game maybe the Pirates best opportunity for a victory over the Cubs in this series. For what it is worth the Pirates are also batting .325 in day games this season. Picking the Pirates to win.
Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees (White Sox Moneyline -150)
White Sox: (Sale 7-0, 1.79) Yankees (Severino 0-5. 6.12)
Sale has been dominate in his first seven starts. Betting on Chris Sale has not done us wrong yet. With the White Sox facing a struggling young pitcher in Luis Severino, I like the White Sox to win.
Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals (Nationals Moneyline -165)
Tom Koehler will be facing the Nationals for the third time already this season. Over his first two starts against the Nationals this season, Koehler is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA The loss did take place in Washington, where Koehler is just 1-5 with a 5.60 ERA in six career starts in the nation’s capital. With the Nationals seeing Koehler for the third time already this season, I like the Nationals to win here.
Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians (Indians Moneyline -165)
The Twins have lost 11 out of their last 12 games. Twins are 2-15 on the road this season. Cleveland has won five out of their last six home games. A lot of reasons to like the Indians here, not many reasons to like the Twins.