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Well it was an interesting night in MLB on Friday as we saw some very high scoring games and two gigantic comebacks by the Royals and Brewers who were both place strong teams on the Road. We also saw my top rated Pitcher Astros Verlander lose his 2nd straight start, even though again he allowed just (1) earned run. Rangers Cole Hamels finally looked like the Hamels of a few years back when he was just filthy and nearly unhittable. We also saw Cubs Catcher Contreras have another big night at the plate, now totalling (20) total bases in his last two games. First Cubs Catcher to do that since mid 60’s with Randy Hundley.
FRIDAY NIGHT’S “GOOD, BAD AND UGLY”
First the (REALLY) Good:
Well no shock that the Aces I said in yesterday’s MLB article all pitched well. Velander again just lights out, (1 ER), the Red Sox Chris Sale (Complete Game), (3) earned runs, (15) K’s and ZERO walks. He threw (53) sliders in his (116) total pitches. Filthy as usual. And last Mad Max once again for the Nats with (7) innings of sensational pitching, (1) earned run and (11) K’s and ZERO walks.
I’ll throw former Mets phenom Matt Harvey in this group, as he started his first game for the Reds and went (4) innings of (1) hit ball and allowed (0) runs. He was on a pitch count as he was being used in relief of late when last with Mets, and then off a bit after being waived. If he returns to anything close to his once dominant form, the Reds will have made possibly best Deal of the summer.
The Phils signed Jake Arrieta for a boatload of money, and for the most part, solid investment so far. Jake went (7.1) last night, allowing No earned runs, only (5) hits and once again gave Phils a solid start. He hasn’t been perfect this year by any means, but this guy can carry a team for a month or two when he’s in top form. He’s getting very close although his swings and misses are way down. Still a mystery that can go either way.
One Pitcher starting to put things back into top form is Jays Sanchez. He threw 2/3 strikes last night, and seems to be finally getting back to his elite form of the past few seasons. Good news for Jays fans as they are staying in contention so far.
The Bad Luck Award goes to the Pirates Taillon, as he was cruising along thru (3) innings, and then his middle finger began bleeding. End of his work, after allowing just one hit in his 3 innings on the Hill.
The plain BAD goes to 4 pitchers that their teams all were counting on much better performances, not just last night, but all season. Lance Lynn signed with Twins to be a possible Ace and workload guy, last night he was brutal again, (4.2), (8) hits and (4) earned runs and another early shower and mess left for Bullpen to take a hard hit.
Our “Free Pick” of night last night was the “A’s/Yankees-OVER 9 1/2” runs, as we expected both teams hitters to have big nights at the plate. Well did they ever, as both starters got hit hard, and Sonny Gray, who finally teased us with a pretty good start his last start, came right back out with another clunker. Only (5) innings, (9) hits and (5) earned runs and a ton of other really hard hit balls to the warning track. He continues to leave his breaking ball “up” and hitters are crushing it. Gray is a “bet against” until I see any signs of true life for an extended period.
The Tigers Carson Fulmer simply can’t find any pitch combo to work. He again has a short outing, (1.2) innings, allowing (5) earned runs and (4) walks as he struggled from the get go and never had control of any of his pitches.
The Royals made the comeback of the night beating a solid Tribe team on the Road with 6 uncontested runs to grab a 10-9 win. But the hole they were in was from another terrible starting performance by Jason Hammel. He lasted just (3.2) innings, allowing an atrocious (9) earned runs, with (3) walks and only (1) K. His trade value the Royals hoped would be high in a month, is at rock bottom right now.
SATURDAY GARY’S STRIKES:
Last night we saw three shining star Aces, today we see 3 teams Aces, but two of them not so shiny. The Red Sox Price comes in off some hand numbness (for the millionth time) and he simply has been brutal his handful past few starts, with a (8.22) ERA, (1-4) record and allowed (4) homers as well. I spoke of two Softball games last night, (both went OVER the totals by way), and this one could be in that category. Price has been brutal bad, and his counterpart for the Jays, Estrada, has been nearly as bad. Estrada has a (6.48) ERA and has allowed (6) homers his past (5) starts combined. Not a recipe for success facing this loaded potent Red Sox lineup. The roof will be open for this afternoon start.
The Mets Ace Syndergaard is the one solid Ace on Saturday’s entire card pitching solid ball his last (5) starts. He has no wins to show for it though, and he’s usually priced high, but Mets a bad team for most part, and not worthy of laying high prices.
The Astros Morton is one of my favs, but of late has been a little shaky. He had a phenomenal start to this ’18 season, so he was due to degress. He still is a stud but I layed off today due to skyrocket price to bet on him.
One guy who will be chomping at the bit to start against his old mates his the O’s Cobb, who will face his former buddies, the Rays. Cobb has been horrid though since joining the Orioles, and (0-4) and (7.61) ERA and only (11) K’s is just plain hard to stomach, unless of course you have been betting “against” Cobb. I’ll just watch this one, and if he doesn’t get fired up for this one today, he may simply just be tarnished goods and a “bet against” ahead daily.
One other guy who was paid a boatload was Jeff Samardzja by the Giants. I thought at time it was a way overpriced and bad deal, for a guy who is so streaky, and when bad, really bad. Well he’s been really bad, with a (6.62) ERA, and only (15) K’s combined in his last 5 starts. His command has been totally off, struggling to regain his at times very solid command and mixture of pitches. Stay far away from this guy until he shows at least a few solid starts back to back. His team’s hitting is ICE COLD too, which surely is a RED FLAG for betting him or the Giants anytime soon.
Ok folks, enjoy the weekend ahead and today’s ballgames. Nothing for a Free Pick today but we will have one tomorrow for sure in the NHL Playoffs. Check back daily for my reports on all 3 major sports going right now.
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