Picks of the Day, 5/31

Look for Jorge Soler to continue mashing this evening against a lefty that has struggled Sam Navarro-USA Today

My wife is having labor induced tomorrow morning. If you want my picks for the next two days, please follow @ITDiamonds_Jim on Twitter, and I will put the picks up there without much detail.

Alex Cora owes me money. The Red Sox last night, coming off a 4-5 road trip, and an off day, should have done everything possible to start a homestand off right. Brayan Bello was on the bump, and the Red Sox lineup had been silent for 2 weeks, so I took the Under on a 9.5 run line. Bello wasn’t sharp, but worked out of trouble for 4 innings and got the hook after 4 with a 1-0 deficit. I was looking good. For some odd reason, Cora opted to go to the last man in the pen, a recent call-up, Justin Garza. Why he wouldn’t go to one of three long men options (Winckowski, Crawford, Pivetta) he had I’ll never understand. He essentially punted the game down 1-0. Garza allows 2 runs in two innings. Ok, no problem, 3-0 after 6 innings, I’m in good shape. Then Cora brings in the next to last man in the pen, Joely Rodriguez, who couldn’t find the strike zone. Joely worked into a bases loaded, no-out jam, then walked in a run. He had thrown around 40 pitches with around 15 for strikes. Clearly done, clearly time to pull him. Nope…next pitch some nobody from the Reds hits a grand slam and it’s 8-0 and now I’m not in good shape. What happens after doesn’t matter, neither team had to try or use good pitchers. It ended up a 10-9 loss, but if Cora went to a decent arm done 1-0 after 4 or down 3-0 after 6, that under hits easily.

Rant over. 1-2 yesterday, 87-77 on the season:
Pick #1
Rays @ Cubs, Total Under 8.5 runs, -120
It’s been a low scoring series. Justin Steele has been one of the best pitchers in baseball thus far, and Zach Eflin has been no slouch at 7-1, 3.17 ERA. It’s also get-away day as both teams hop on a plane and head to opposite coasts.
Pick #2
Nationals @ Dodgers, Over 9.5 Total runs, -110
Syndergaard is washed. Corbin has been washed for 3 years. Dodgers are cruising now and could put up 7-8 runs on their own.
Pick #3
Jorge Soler Over 1.5 Total Bases, +125
Soler has been sh**ting on baseballs for a couple of weeks, including a stretch of 5 games in a row he hit a home run. Blake Snell is pitching for the Padres, and he has allowed 9 home runs, and opposing batters are slugging .451 against him 44% of batted balls being “barreled” as the nerds like to say.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Red Sox Roster Transactions | Inside The Diamonds
AL East American League Boston MLB

Boston Red Sox Roster Moves 9/10

The Boston Red Sox made the following roster moves prior to their series finale against the Baltimore Orioles

Read More
Orioles Gunnar Henderson
AL East American League Baltimore MLB

The Case for Gunnar Henderson to Be the American League Rookie of the Year

Baltimore Orioles Third Baseman Gunnar Henderson is having a solid season, is he worthy of taking home the American League Rookie of the Year award?

Read More
Orioles vs. Red Sox
AL East American League Boston MLB

Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Series Preview

The Boston Red Sox will take on the first place in the American League East Baltimore Orioles for a three game series over the weekend.

Read More