We picked a nice win every night, to run our listing to 5-2 on the week when we backed the St. Louis Cardinals in the home against the Milwaukee Brewers. This seemed like a game that was rather evenly matched, however I liked backing the Cards in the home because they had the fourth-best home winning percentage in the majors heading into last night’ s game. The Brewers had lost five out of their last seven matches and had fought on the road. When the Cardinals were moved by the early morning actions to even money, from home favorites, it created more worth, and I jumped all over the Cardinals.
The game was a great deal closer than the last score might show you since the score was 1-0 through five innings. St. Louis created a somewhat controversial decision to pull on starting pitcher Michael Wacha, that was totally cruising, after only four innings of work as they ended up pinch-hitting to get Wacha with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth.
They couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity that is scoring, and with Wacha from the sport, the bullpen immediately gave up their 1-0 lead, allowing two runs in the inning. Inside my pick yesterday I mentioned that I was looking to fade the Brewers bullpen, who abused the past games and have been used. And once things turned over the wheels fell off to the Brewers.
St. Louis ended up scoring eight runs on five distinct Milwaukee relievers in only four innings. The big hit was a bases-loaded twice by Dexter Fowler that gave the Cards the lead once and for all and broke a 2-2 tie up. With the win, the Cardinals placed the Brewers at the Central Division race and more distance between themselves.
Milwaukee has become four matches and fading fast. The Chicago Cubs remain just a half of a game back of the Cardinals and discovered a triumph against the San Francisco Giants. It looks like it’s going to be an end for the ages again this season. For the choice of today, we’ll visit Pittsburgh, in which the Pirates host the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals are in Pittsburgh Wednesday for game three of a four-game set against the Pirates. The show is tied up at game apiece going into game three tonight. The Nats have gone out of playoff long shot to card favorites in two or three week’s time, also right now have a one-game lead on the Cubs for its first wild card slot in the NL. The Nationals have won ten from their last fourteen games.
For the Pirates, they had done an adequate job of staying competitive the majority of the season, but they opened by losing eight straight games to drop out of their playoff dialog. The Pirates have dropped four out of the last six matches, and are in last place at the central, a fifteen and a half games back of the Cardinals for first place.
Starting tonight for the Nationals is Patrick Corbin (9-5 3.34 ERA), and for the Pirates it is Joe Musgrove (8-11 4.59 ERA). The game total over-under is set in runs. The Nationals have been -145 road favorites. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM PST from PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Patrick Corbin has been brought in to be a number three at the Washington turning behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. And for the most part, he has lived up to this hype. Corbin is top five in the NL in strikeouts with 180. A couple of the men ahead of him? Scherzer and Strasburg. And his ERA is a really commendable 3.34.
In July, he was almost unhittable since he’d a 1.94 ERA in six starts, and the Nationals won five from these sox games. Because he got roughed up from the Arizona Diamondbacks, in August he started out a bit slow, but in his past 2 starts, he has thrown a twelve innings and has allowed just three earned runs, together with sixteen strikeouts. Since he pitched seven innings, allowing only one run against the Pirates this season, Corbin tossed a stone.
Joe Musgrove has a major job at hand tonight. This Nationals group has finally decided to start moving the bats here in August. Washington had scored double runs in four of their previous five games and is leading the National League in runs scored in August. We saw how strong this Washington crime can be at game one of the show where they scored thirteen runs.
Musgrove was solid in his last start against the Chicago Cubs, but also for the month of August, he has a 0-2 record with a 7.31 ERA in three starts. He has struggled since then, although this man had an ERA of under two runs in the end of April. He has permitted five runs or more in a start seven times as May 1st. Ouch.
This really is a mismatch. We see a whole lot of these late in the season where one team is pushing to the playoffs, and assess talent and the other team is hoping to play out the remainder of the year. Winning isn’t a priority right now for the Pirates, and it reveals. So the negative is Washington. And the price is not all this unattractive.
But when I take a look at the run point, I find I can find the Nats. That sounds! Corbin is likely to shut down this team tonight. Remember when I mentioned before the Nats lead the NL in scoring in August? Well, the Pirates have been on the end of that spectrum since they are fourteenth scored. With only the hapless Miami Marlins one run behind them.
I see Corbin becoming us seven or six innings with plenty of strikeouts, and also the Nationals hammering at Joe Musgrove. I don’t know if it will get out of hand if the Pirates were punished by the Nationals on fifteen strikes, because it did in game but, but it just may. Either way I see that the Nationals cruising to the victory by multiple runs, so I will take advantage of the run line and go to the larger payout. Give that the Washington Nationals placing a half tonight in game three and a streak from Pittsburgh to me!