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Sunday Night Baseball 6/17 Game & Props

Sunday Night Baseball Game Info

Time: Sunday, June 17th @ 5:05 PM Pacific

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO

Weather: 94 degrees, wind 10 mph S

TV: ESPN

MoneyLine: St. Louis Cardinals (+110) Vs. Chicago Cubs (-130)

Spread: St. Louis Cardinals (+1.5) -150 Vs. Chicago Cubs (-1.5) +130

Total: 8.5 (-110)

Side & Total

A hot sticky St. Louis Night is in store for the Cubs and Cardinals tonight as Chicago goes for a three game sweep. With not much of a difference in the line I like the Cubs here at -130. The run line looks exciting at +130 but I don’t feel good about laying -130 just for them to have to win by another run.

Cubs have won 14 out of their last 20 at Busch Stadium in seven road starts by Jose Quintana this year Cubs are 5-2 SU and ATS. Cubs seem to be coming in hot at the right time while St. Louis has been struggling lately and is 1-5 SU and ATS in its last six contests. I’m staying away from the total here since John Flaherty doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence either way but I’m leaning towards it going under. Quintana appears to be hitting his stride.

Props

Total hits/runs/errors is at 26.5 (-110) and the under seems like a solid play. But either team scores in first inning at -110 is safer in my opinion. Across the board in MLB the first inning on average yields the most runs. It’s one of the main factors driving the bullpenning revolution. Plus both these lineups have enough pop at the top to connect early before these pitchers settle in.

Daily Fantasy Picks For Sunday Night Baseball

I’m always nervous about DFS picks on Sunday night. With a travel day usually scheduled the next day late lineup scratches are quite common. I’m high on Albert Almora Jr. if he’s in there. He sat yesterday and has been hitting a cool .321 with an .808 OPS this season despite limited work. He’s been a victim to the Cubs depth and Joe Maddon’s willingness to use it so far.

But all that brings his price down and savvy players will recognize if he’s in he lineup he’s definitely worth the play. If you have expensive taste Tommy Pham has quietly been one of the NL’s top outfielders last couple years yet has battled injuries this season. The injuries make his price a little high for me as he doesn’t seem right yet but he should see an uptick in production in the coming weeks.

In parting I’m excited for this week because Tuesday I’m going to the California League All Star game. One of the beautiful things about baseball is even though there are only 30 MLB teams there are minor league clubs in all corners of the country that become part of the community fabric. Roberto Alomar will be on hand signing autographs and Joe Morgan is getting inducted into the California League Hall Of Fame.

Do yourself a favor and attend a minor league game this summer. They’re cheap, the promotions are often worth it alone and you get to see tomorrow’s MLB stars before the hit the big stage. In 2010 I saw a young outfielder named Mike Trout win MVP at the All Star Weekend Futures Game at Angel Stadium. It gives me goosebumps typing this. Follow me on Instagram @scott_bowser where I will be documenting this minor league field trip to Lancaster, CA.

Scott Bowser is a LA based comedian and actor who has appeared in national commercials and films. He also contributes to Savage Henry Magazine and is a regular guest on the Sports Gambling Podcast.

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