Fade Fernando’s Picks from God 8.14.2020
Howdy and welcome back to this week’s Picks from God. The Picks have been underwhelming of late to say the least. 3-8 the last 3 weeks isn’t exactly the start we were hoping for but we look to Jeremiah 29:11 to get us back on track. Without further ado, here are my infamous Fade Fernando’s Picks from God©.
San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Under 9
This is a great pitching matchup featuring two of the best up and coming pitchers in the league: Dinelson Lamet for the Padres and Merrill Kelly for the Diamondbacks. Lamet has been superb this year as he’s posted a 2-0 record with a 1.61 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. Kelly has been equally impressive with his 2.29 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. Lamet has pitched well against the Diamondbacks in his career. Likewise, Kelly has done the same against the Padres. Take the Under in this one.
Brewers vs. Cubs (+105)
The Cubs are playing great baseball as of late and are getting plus odds against a struggling Brewers squad that has struggled to get the bats going this season. Last night, Cubs’ pitcher Yu Darvish took a no-hitter into the 7th inning in the series opener. Tonight’s pitching matchup features Brandon Woodruff for the Brewers and Tyler Chatwood for the Cubs. Woodruff may have the statistical advantage over Chatwood on paper, however Chatwood’s high ERA can be attributed to his last outing against the Royals when he was tagged with 8 runs in 2 plus innings. Before that, Chatwood had two quality starts to begin the season and he has fared well against the Brewers in his career. Meanwhile, Woodruff has struggled against the Cubs in his career as he’s posted a 5.95 ERA in 4 starts. Take the better team with the plus odds in this one.
Texas Rangers vs. Colorado Rockies Under 12.5
Take the under at Coors Field? Typically, taking the under in a hitters park such as Coors is just asking to get your money taken. However, look closely at the numbers. Last time out against the Rockies, Rangers’ pitcher Lance Lynn struck out 9 hitters in 6 shutout innings. But that was at a different ballpark so that point is moot, correct? Wrong. Lynn has pitched very well at Coors field in his career. In 4 career starts he is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA. He is also a groundball pitcher who will keep the ball low enough and out of the thin Colorado air. On the other side of the ball, the Rangers offense is about as potent as a venom-less rattlesnake. While they may be going up against the unproven arm of Ryan Castellani, I still like the Under in this game.
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