I am entrenched in my worst stretch of the season as I was tagged with another loss last night when I took the White Sox to pull out a road upset over the New York Yankees. Chris Sale pitched a great game, however one mistake to Carlos Beltran was all that New York need as the veteran lined a three-run shot to left field in the 3rd inning which provided the pinstripes all the offense they would need in this one. The White Sox weren’t able to get to Michael Pineda despite putting some runners on base as the hulking right-hander pitched six innings of one-run ball while earning his 12th win of the season. When it was all said and done the Yankees clipped Chicago by a 3-2 final score. When things aren’t going you way it seems so easy to lose as it took just one swing of the bat for us to lose this pick, otherwise we are staring down a winner. This is certainly how it goes though so the only thing to do is remain patient and focused, something I hope will earn my a win with tonight’s pick.
Atlanta Braves @ Miami Marlins
My Pick – MARLINS -1.5 (+110)
The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins meet this evening to kick off a three-game set from Marlins Park as both teams send young right-hands to the mound, although one’s resume severely outweighs the other. Ryan Weber has filled in quite admirably in the Atlanta rotation as he has crafted a 3.26 ERA while going at least six innings in all three of his starts on the season. Weber has enjoyed a fantastic campaign that has seen him rise all the way from Double-A to the big leagues in less than a full season and his stock is certainly rising in the minds of the front office folks in Atlanta. Although he has enjoyed success in his very brief career, he is up against a fellow youngster who has also enjoyed plenty of success, but on a much bigger scale. Jose Fernandez takes the ball for Miami tonight looking to continue his masterful career at Marlins Park. He is a career 16-0 with a 1.11 ERA at home over his young career. Just take a moment for those numbers to digest. With a win this evening he would set an MLB record for most home wins with a loss to start a major league career. Yes, he has battled injuries for much of the last two seasons but rust doesn’t appear to be a factor in any form as he is 5-0 with a 2.18 ERA this season. He has racked up 68 strikeouts in 53.2 innings against just 13 walks. His 1.01 WHIP keeps runners off the basepaths which leads to quick innings and deep performances. This kid is just simply the real deal and despite the Marlins boasting a poor offense, I will put my money on him every single time he takes the mound. Hopefully he can continue his mastery at home this evening against a Braves team that is a horrible 25-53 on the road this season. Take the Marlins to win this one on the run line anchored by the right arm of their ace.