One of my followers has motivated me to write this by calling me "Joe, the
dog catcher" and in essence, he's correct as I've been fairly on point
with my dogs. It's all about the marketing in giving you excellence, folks.
They sometimes don't get the accolades but should.
Baseball record - 63-55-1 +11.00 units
I want the units to be better than the record. It shows that I've been catching
some dogs. A handicapper can go an average 1-1 and if they choose 2 underdogs,
they're on the positive side regarding units and units are the defining measure
of winning. Let's see if we can catch this dog on a late summer Friday night.
Pirates at St Louis Cardinals - Cardinals -151, total 8,5
two teams have almost identical records as only 1 game separates them after a
grueling 118-119 game stint. It's also crunch time with a little over 40 games
to go in the regular season and both of these teams want this game badly.
is one of the two NL teams with the lead in regards to the Wild Card and the
Cards have the "The Card" set in their sights. Pittsburgh sends James
McDonald (10-5, 3.77) to the mound and he'll be opposed by Jake Westbrook
(12-8, 3.62) for the Cardinals. At best, this is an even matchup in pitching
getting off to a fast start with the Pirates, James McDonald has really hit a
slump. This was a pitcher that was once a 9-3 with a 2.59 ERA. Pittsburgh needs
McDonald to regain his old form or they go nowhere. In his last start, he got
shelled for 7 runs and 7 hit in 4 and 1/3 innings.
handicapping gut tells me that McDonald will turn this around as he looked like
a stud in the beginning and mid-part of the season. When selecting your MLB plays look for a solid outing
from McDonald against St.Louis. This isn't San Diego that he's playing, this is
a motivational game in where the franchise will be counting on him. I'm
expecting his best and it will be up to Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates
offense to flex it's muscles against Jake Westbrook.
folks know that I love that word. The Pirates are coming off of a game in where
their ace A.J. Burnett regained form and they touched Los Angeles Dodgers
pitching up for 10 runs in a 10-6 victory.
Jones came up huge in an important game on Thursday in where he hit 2 home runs
and 6 RBI against LA. Pittsburgh has to be encouraged as Andrew McCutchen can't
shoulder the entire load in order to be a successful baseball team. On
the season. Jones has 19 HR, 64 RBI, and a .283 BA. I wouldn't be surprised if
Jones's success carries over to this very important game.
on the schedule?
sure this is what St.Louis starter Jake Westbrook was thinking when he knows
that this is a very big game and the Cards rely on his ability to consistently
produce. There's not much negative that can be said about Westbrook. He's
coming off of a 7 1/3 inning performance where he allowed just 1 run and 4
hits. Westbrook has also won 5 consecutive games.
one concern that Westbrook has is his past history against Pittsburgh.
Westbrook is a career 1-5 with a 5.18 ERA in 11 starts against the Pirates.
Pitchers are intelligent and remember who they've had luck against and who
they've lacked success against. Westbrook is a question mark in this game
despite his 5 consecutive victories.
McDonald better be aware that when Carlos Beltran is at his quietest,
he can come out and change the entire complexion of a game. People
remember his post-season for Houston many years ago and this player can
strike like a cobra.
the season, Beltran is hitting .278 with 28 HR, 83 RBI, and 10 SB. The
Cardinals have a very solid offensive team but Beltran can't be
overlooked in a game and series of this importance.
giving up the lead!
don't like to relinquish leads whether it be to the Wild Card,
Division, a game, etc. Pittsburgh has come too far to fail now. James
McDonald is due to come through like he did earlier in the season.
McDonald isn't going to give up a wild card lead in this game. Check out the SBR odds board and take
the best price on Pittsburgh as the dog.
of the day -Pittsburgh +141