The Wolf went 6-5-1 on a topsy turvy Thursday with both previews sinking. The Mets game missed by 1 run and the Royals lost in extra innings again after scoring four in the first three innings – yuck! Despite a winning record it was a case of what could have been. Only four games on Friday with the rest day but The Wolf says a sweep would ease the pain.
Miami Marlins at NY Mets (Best)
It was only last season that the Mets rode a wave over the closing month and a half that saw them capture the NL East crown and progress all the way to the World Series. While the NL East title is out of sight this season, the late season push is on again as the Mets are closing in on a wild card spot in this series. They will go in to Fridays game looking to sweep the visiting Marlins and will do so behind the arm of Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.96 ERA). deGrom was skipped in his last scheduled start with rest given as the reason behind it. He is coming off two poor starts but it 4-2 in nine career starts against Miami. The Marlins have struggled to score of late and it’s hard to imagine where the runs come from against one of the best ERA’s in the league, despite his recent struggles. The Mets bats are swinging nicely and as a result they are winner in nine of their last 11 overall, now just 1 1/2 games back on St Louis. New York could really gain an advantage here if they can sweep with the Marlins taking on Cleveland after this series. Get behind the Mets
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
Minnesota are in a complete meltdown at the moment, losers in 13 consecutive games to and are now just one game shy of matching the franchises longest losing streak record. It’s been 24 years since the 82 Twins dropped 14 in a row and it’s hard to think a club can lose so many games consecutively in this era. The White Sox aren’t in quite the same position as the Twins but they are coming in to this one after being swept by the Detroit Tigers. The pitching matchup isn’t as bad as the numbers read with Jose Quintana (11-9, 2.77 ERA) taking on Ervin Santana (6-10, 3.54 ERA). Quintana is 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA since the break and has allowed one run or fewer fives times in that timeframe. He is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in four outings against the Twins this season. If Santana played on a better team he would have a much healthier record but unfortunately for him he pitches for this awful organisation. He did struggle in his last outing but pitched well in his previous six, going 3-2 with a 1.49 ERA. There is a heavy trend of under for both clubs at the moment and definitely when they play each other. Go with the under and flip a coin on the winner.
|San Diego at Atlanta
|Braves WIN ($1.68)|
|Miami at NY Mets
|Mets WIN ($1.54)|
|San Francisco at Chicago Cubs
|Giants WIN ($2.35)|
|Chicago White Sox at Minnesota
|Under 8 runs ($1.95)|