We picked a nice win every night, to run our list to 5-2 on the week once we backed the St. Louis Cardinals at home against the Milwaukee Brewers. This seemed like a game, but I enjoyed backing the Cards as they had the house winning percentage in the majors heading to last night’ s game. The Brewers had dropped five out of their last seven games and had struggled over the road all season long. Once the Cardinals were transferred by the early morning betting action to money, from home favorites, it generated even more worth, and I jumped all over the Cardinals.
The match was a lot closer than you might be shown by the final score as the score was 1-0 during five innings. St. Louis created a somewhat controversial choice to pull starting pitcher Michael Wacha, who was totally cruising, after just four innings of work since they ended pinch-hitting for Wacha with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth.
They couldn’t capitalize on the chance that is scoring, and with Wacha out of this game, the bullpen gave up their lead. Inside my pick yesterday I mentioned I was looking to fade the Brewers bullpen, who abused the last games and have been used. And after matters turned over the wheels fell off for the Brewers.
St. Louis ended up scoring eight runs on five different Milwaukee relievers in only four innings. The big hit was a bases-loaded dual by Dexter Fowler that gave the Cards the lead permanently and awakened a 2-2 tie. With the win, the Cardinals placed more distance between themselves and the Brewers in the Central Division race.
Milwaukee is fading quickly and four matches. The Chicago Cubs remain just a half of a match of the Cardinals and found a triumph against the San Francisco Giants. It appears like it is going to be a finish for those ages this season in the NL Central Division. Where the Pirates host the Nationals for the selection, we will head to Pittsburgh.
The Washington Nationals are at Pittsburgh Wednesday for game three of a four-game set from the Pirates. The series is tied up at once game going into game three tonight. The Nats have gone out of playoff shot to wild card favorites in only two or three week’s time, and right now have a one-game lead over the Cubs for the first card slot in the NL. The Nationals have won ten out of the last two matches.
For the Pirates, they’d done a decent job of remaining competitive most of the year, by dropping eight straight games to fall out of the playoff conversation, but they started up. The Pirates have dropped four out of the last six games, and have been in last place for first place at the central, a whopping fifteen and a half games back from the Cardinals.
Beginning tonight to get the Nationals is Patrick Corbin (9-5 3.34 ERA), also for the Pirates it’s Joe Musgrove (8-11 4.59 ERA). The game is placed in runs. The Nationals are -145 road favorites. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM PST in PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Patrick Corbin was brought in Stephen Strasburg and to be a powerful number three in the Washington rotation behind Max Scherzer. And for the most part, he has lived up to this hype. Corbin is five in the NL in strikeouts with 180. Two of the guys ahead of him in punchouts? Scherzer and Strasburg. And that his ERA is a really commendable 3.34.
In July, he was almost unhittable since he had a 1.94 ERA in six starts, and the Nationals won five out of these sox games. Because he got roughed up by the Arizona Diamondbacks, in August he started out a bit slow, but in his past two starts, he has thrown a joint twelve innings and has allowed just three earned runs, with sixteen strikeouts. Since he pitched seven innings, allowing just one run while striking a season-high twenty five, against the Pirates this year, Corbin tossed a gem.
Joe Musgrove has a significant job at hand tonight. This Nationals team has decided to begin moving the bats here in August. Washington is leading the National League in runs scored in August and had scored runs in four of the previous five games prior to last night’s match. We saw how strong this Washington offense is at game one of this show where they scored thirteen conducts.
Musgrove was strong in his last start against the Chicago Cubs, but for the month of Augusthe has a 0-2 record with a 7.31 ERA in 3 starts. He has struggled since then, although this man had an ERA of two runs at the end of April. He’s permitted five runs or more in a start seven days as May 1st. Ouch.
This is a mismatch. We see a good deal of these late in this summer where one group is pushing for the playoffs, and the team is hoping to perform the remainder of the season and evaluate talent. Winning just isn’t a priority at this time to the Pirates, and it shows. Clearly, the negative to be around is Washington. Along with the -145 price is not all that unattractive.
But when I take a look at the run line, I see that I can get the Nats with some dog money. That sounds! Corbin is likely to shut this team down tonight. Remember when I said the Nats lead the NL in scoring in August? As they are fourteenth scored, well, the Pirates are on the end of that spectrum. With only the hapless Miami Marlins one operate behind them.
I visit Corbin putting us seven or six innings with a great deal of strikeouts, and also the Nationals hammering at Joe Musgrove. I don’t know whether it is going to escape hand as it did in game one when the Nationals punished the Pirates into the song of thirteen runs on fifteen strikes, but it just may. Either way I see the Nationals cruising to the victory by runs, therefore I will take advantage of this conduct line and go to the payout. Give me that the Washington Nationals setting a half in game three and a run from Pittsburgh!