Sunday, August 14, 2016

ST LOUIS CARDINALS(Leake) +163 over Chicago Cubs(Lackey)------Leake lost to the Cubs on April him the Pitcher Revenge here.  But 3 of Leake's last 4 games have been bad.  The Cubs do not hit for an extraordinarily good batting average.  And while they score well,  they've only scored 8 more runs this year than the Cardinals have.   They key to the Cubs offense is walking,  a category in which they lead all of baseball by a lot(36 walks).  That's good for them,  but Leake doesn't give many walks(he walks 1 every 6innings).  Lackey has faced Stl 3 times,  doing well,  but the Cubs have won only 1 of those games.   I continue to disbelieve how Lackey is having the best season of his life---by a lot---this year.   Lackey was 19-9 in 2007---and that's a good year----holding batters to a .254 average.   But this year?  Batters are hitting .219 off him.  How is he that good?   The Red Sox crushed today,  winning 16-2 while the the Red Nationals won 9-1.   I think you can play a Red team after that,  although Cincinnati lost today.(Win 6-4.............Game saving HR in the 8th by Stephen Piscotty.........Brandon Moss 2-4 HR............Greg Garcia 2-5)


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