The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies highlight a great weekend of Baseball in the National League.
Giants need to perform on the road Never let it be said that I have an East Coast bias. There’s not doubt the best match-up this weekend is out in the NL West where the San Francisco Giants need to perform in their four-game series with the Colorado Rockies. The Giants lost ground on the Dodgers and Padres this week after a miserable home series with Los Angeles, running its losing streak to five straight. The Rockies have shown more balance and I expect a tight series here, nobody’s leaving this one with a donut. Tonight’s matchup of Aaron Cook and Madison Bumgarner will be close but I like Cook at -145 with Sports Interaction to take the win here. After that it’s San Francisco’s lethal line-up of Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito, and Matt Cain. After such a bad week this talent on the mound will turn things around, I like the Giants to win at least two and possibly three games in at the weekend.
The Strasburg show The New York Mets travel to Washington for a four-game set with the Nationals this weekend. While I could discuss the importance of this series as the Mets battle with Atlanta and the Phillies for control of the NL East, we all know there’s only one thing MLB betting fans really care about in this series. Stephen Strasburg takes on R.A. Dickey this Saturday and nobody is talking about Dickey. That’s unfortunate because the Mets knuckleballer is enjoying his best ever season in the Majors with a 6-1 record. This will prove a great test for Strasburg who will look to rebound from defeat at Atlanta last time out. With just five starts he wouldn’t make my All Star team just yet but I like Strasburg to get back on track and win this duel.
Reds and Cardinals battle for NL Central dominance The Reds travel to Chicago while St Louis welcomes the Brewers in a weekend of NL Central match-ups. Cincinnati holds a one-game lead over the Cardinals and clearly has the easier task, taking on a Chicago team which is distracted by Carlos Zambrano’s behavior. I like the Reds to dominate on the road. St Louis meanwhile must contend with a Milwaukee team that has won 7 of its last 10. The Cardinals should make home advantage count but I expect Cincinnati’s lead at the top of the division to grow over the weekend.