Neither starter looked too effective in yesterday’s Rangers-Athletics over 9 bet, but thanks to some fine bullpen work (and a late Shin-Soo Choo homer), we ultimately had to settle for a push. No harm, no foul, so we continue into the weekend with the same momentum.
Zylbert’s 2018 MLB Over/Under Betting Record: 5-1-1, +3.8 units
Yesterday’s Result: Perez vs. Mengden Over 9 (Push)
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit
San Diego Padres @ Houston Astros
8:10 p.m. ET
Probable Pitchers: Luis Perdomo vs. Lance McCullers
There were only a handful of starting pitchers around baseball who recorded 10 or more strikeouts in their first start of the new campaign. Lance McCullers was one of them in an impressive victorious outing on the road in Texas, as he looks poised to put together a season that would place him on the All-Star team for the second consecutive year.
There’s no denying the potential of this 24-year-old righty. Although his career record is surprisingly just 20-16, McCullers has battled injury issues over the years, limiting him to no more than 22 starts in a season. When he’s been healthy, though, he’s flashed moments of dominance, as evident in the stellar 10.26 K/9 rate he holds in 59 career starts.