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We picked a nice win every night, to conduct our record to 5-2 on the week once we backed the St. Louis Cardinals at home against the Milwaukee Brewers. This seemed like a game that was fairly evenly matched, but I liked backing the Cards because they had the home winning percentage in the majors heading to last night’ game. The Brewers had struggled on the road all season long and had dropped five out of their last seven games. When the Cardinals moved from house favorites, to even money, it generated more worth, and I jumped all over the Cardinals.
The match was actually a whole lot closer than you might be shown by the score as the score was 1-0 through five innings. St. Louis created a somewhat controversial option to pull on starting pitcher Michael Wacha, that had been absolutely cruising, after just four innings of work since they ended up pinch-hitting for Wacha with the bases loaded at the bottom of the fourth.
They could not capitalize on the chance, and with Wacha out of this sport, the Cardinals bullpen quickly gave up their 1-0 lead. Inside my pick yesterday I said that I looked to evaporate the Brewers bullpen, who have been used and abused the past several games. And after Milwaukee turned matters over the wheels fell off for the Brewers.
St. Louis wound up scoring eight runs on five different Milwaukee relievers in just four innings. The big bang was a dual by Dexter Fowler that awakened a 2-2 tie and gave the Cards the lead once and for all. With the win, the Cardinals put more distance between themselves and the Brewers from the Central Division race.
Milwaukee is now fast and four matches. The Chicago Cubs found a triumph against the San Francisco Giants yesterday and remain just a half a game back of the Cardinals. It looks like it is going to be a finish for the ages again this year. For the selection of today, we’ll visit Pittsburgh, in which the Nationals are hosted by the Pirates.
The Washington Nationals have been at Pittsburgh Wednesday for game three of a four-game set from the Pirates. The series is tied up at game apiece heading tonight. The Nats have gone from playoff haul to wild card favorites in only a couple of week’s time, and currently hold a one-game lead over the Cubs for its wild card slot in the NL. The Nationals have won ten from the last fourteen games.
For the Pirates, they had done a decent job of remaining aggressive the majority of the season, by dropping eight straight games to fall out of the playoff conversation but they started August. The Pirates have dropped four out of the last six games, and have been in last place in the middle, a whopping fifteen and a half games back from the Cardinals.
Beginning tonight for the Nationals is Patrick Corbin (9-5 3.34 ERA), and for the Pirates it’s Joe Musgrove (8-11 4.59 ERA). The game is place at nine runs. The Nationals have been -145 road favorites. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM PST from PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Patrick Corbin was brought in to be a number three in the Washington turning behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. 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? Scherzer and Strasburg. And also that his ERA is a very commendable 3.34.
In Julyhe was nearly unhittable since he had a 1.94 ERA in six starts, and the Nationals won five out of these sox games. As he got roughed up from the Arizona Diamondbacks in August , he started a bit slow, but in his last 2 starts, he has thrown a combined twelve innings and has allowed only three earned runs, with sixteen strikeouts. Against the Pirates this season, Corbin tossed a gem, as he pitched seven innings, allowing only one run.
Joe Musgrove has a big task at hand tonight. This Nationals group has decided to start moving the bats here. Washington is leading the National League in runs and had played runs in four of their previous five games before last night’s game. We saw in which they scored thirteen runs how successful this Washington crime is at game one of the show.
Musgrove was strong 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 guy had an ERA of under two runs in the end of April. He has allowed five runs or more. Ouch.
This really is a mismatch. We see a lot of these late in this season where one group is pushing hard to the playoffs, along with another team is simply trying to play the remainder of the year out and evaluate talent. Winning just isn’t a priority for the Pirates, and it reveals. So the negative to be on is Washington. And the -145 cost is unattractive.
Nevertheless, as soon as I look at the run line, I see that I can get the Nats. Now that sounds juicy! Corbin is likely to completely shut down this team tonight. Remember when I said previously the Nats lead the NL in scoring in August? Since they are fourteenth scored The Pirates are on the end of that spectrum. With only the Miami Marlins one operate .
I see Corbin putting us six or seven strong innings with plenty of strikeouts, and Joe Musgrove being hammered by the Nationals. I really don’t know whether it will escape hand if the Pirates were penalized by the Nationals fifteen strikes into the tune of thirteen runs because it did in game but, but it may. Either way I visit the Nationals cruising by runs to the victory, therefore I will make the most of this run line and go for the bigger payout. Give that the Washington Nationals setting a half in game three and a streak from Pittsburgh to me!

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