TWO BEST N.L. TEAMS AND TWO RED HOT PITCHERS FACE OFF IN THE DESERT!
Well folks if you like to see good Pitching Duels when you go to the ballpark, this one would be one in the grouping. On top of that we have one of the most amazing and really improbable streaks on the line here as well. This game could be a classic don’t miss watch.
We have showcased the Astros visiting the D’backs at Chase Field for our write up today. The Astros send out Ace Justin Verlander, who since being traded last season, as in last July, has still NOT lost a game wearing an Astros uniform when he pitches. He’s started 12 games and is (9-0) with a (1.00) ERA in those 12 starts. This season Verlander is (4-0) and (1.13) ERA, in (47.2) innings, allowing only (24) hits and a paltry (6) earned runs. His only slight so far is he’s allowed (4) home runs. He’s given up (0-1) run in 5 of those (7) starts and allowed over (2) runs just once. He had (14) K’s his last start and has (23) combined his last (2) starts. His stuff these past 2 starts is just plain “FILTHY”.
His counterpart today is D’backs Matt Koch, making his 4th start this year and only his 7th start of his career. He has been solid in his 3 starts this year, with a (2.37) ERA and has allowed only (12) hits in (19) innings of work. He’s allowed only (5) earned runs. His one bugaboo is he is a “nibbler”. He will go deeper into counts, which lead to high pitch counts causing not too deep of stints overall. His 3 starts this year are (5, 6, 6) innings so the team has to rely on the Bullpen for a good part of his starts. He will face his toughest lineup all season in the Defending Champs Astros club that is (21-14) and an impressive (11-5) on the Road.
The Astros took the first game of this 3 game set on Friday night big, then the D’backs took last nights game (4-3). This is the rubber game for this series.
LAS VEGAS ODDS FOR ASTROS / D’BACKS (SUNDAY MAY 6, 2018)
HOUSTON ASTROS (VERLANDER) (-190) (TOTAL RUNS: 7 1/2/ 8) vs. D’BACKS (KOCH)
GARY’S FINAL PITCH:
This game has the edge to Verlander, albeit at high odds, as they should be. Verlander goes near 8 innings every start, and the past 2 starts his stuff has been as good as I’ve seen it in years. Hitters have almost no chance when his ball is moving like it is and he’s mixing pitches so well, they are almost just “guessing”. Koch has shown he has the talent, but he’s still raw, and allows too many walks that shorten his time on the mound. Hard to bet a guy who likely only goes 5 innings, vs. a guy likely to go 8 or even the full 9. I don’t lay odds that high, but if you are a gambler, and want action today, it’s Verlander or pass.
Have a great Sunday and enjoy the games and may all your wagers be WINNING ones.
Las Vegas Sports Handicapper Gary Greene
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