MLB Baseball Odds, Chicago Cubs Vs Houston Astros Betting Picks

MLB Betting: Cubs at Astros Odds

By Steven Wisner

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MLB Baseball Odds

The Cubs and Astros were both at the bottom of their divisions a couple years ago, deep in a rebuilding process. The Cubs are the team of destiny in baseball, but Houston is no slouch.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

The Astros were just a game over .500 with their postseason hopes fading in the middle of August, but Houston has been on a tear ever since, going 12-4 in their last 16 games.

Houston is also—like most teams—a much better team at home. They’re 10-games over .500 at Minute Maid Park though the Cubs are 10-games over away from Wrigley.

The Cubs were neck and neck with San Francisco as the best team in baseball in the first half, but have run away with the title since the break, going 36-13. They’re 26-7 since the start of August and have won 11 of their last 14 games. There is a silver lining for those looking to fade the Cubs. Chicago has dropped two of three series in its last road trip, though Chicago still ended up 5-4 overall on the trip.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

With Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers out, Saturday’s probable starter becomes an even more important cog in the rotation.

Mike Fiers is expected to get the nod on Saturday and has been a bit hit or miss this season, but he’s strung four solid outings together following a two-run, five-inning game against the Indians his last time out.

All in all, Fiers is a solid mid-to-back of the rotation arm. He gives his team a chance to win, but rarely goes more than five or six innings. He’s 10-6 overall with a 4.29 ERA.

The 31-year old right-hander, however, has been a bit better in the second half and has been much better at home than on the road. At Minute Maid Park, the righty is 6-3 with a 3.33 Era and 1.198 WHIP as a result of fewer walks, hits and homers despite more home innings than road innings.

On the other side, the Cubs will turn to ace Jake Arrieta who hasn’t had any issues on the road. Away from Wrigley, the 30-year old right-hander is 10-2 with a 2.99 ERA and 0.962 WHIP.

Overall, Arrieta is 16-6 with a 2.84 ERA and 1.046 WHIP in 174 innings of work. He’s seen his ERA tick up a bit in the second half due to an increase in walks and homers, but his opponent batting average is way down at .159 since the break. That shows the reigning Cy Young Award winner is missing from time to time, but when he’s making his pitches, he’s still dominating the opposition.

We’ve seen a couple bad starts from Arrieta over the last month, but he’s pitched well some of the time, too. In general, the right-hander is dominant enough to bank on a solid outing on Saturday as long as he keeps the ball in the zone.

LIVE BETTING

Fiers has done well against the Cubs current crop of players in his career. The right-hander has held Javier Baez to one hit in six at bats, striking him out four times. He’s struck out Kris Bryant in his only three times facing him and has held Jason Heyward and Jorge Solar hitless in a combined 13 at bats.

While few players have a great track record given the combined .218 average against him in 55 at bats, there is one player that stands out: Anthony Rizzo.

Rizzo has faced Fiers 10 times, recording six hits—including a double and two home runs—while walking once. That gives him a .667/.700/1.444 slash line.

On the other side, only three Astros have ever faced Arrieta for a combined 10 at bats. The trio has two hits and no walks in their time against Arreita.

The lack of any history typically benefits the pitcher if he can make his pitches. It’s hard to judge movement from video and scouting reports. While the Astros are sure to do their homework, but they won’t get a real taste of Arrieta’s offerings until they step into the box.

QUICK PICK

It’s only been a few games since the start of September, but Chicago’s bats have slowed a bit.

The team’s averaging fewer than four runs a game in the first five contests in September. They’ve scored three or fewer in three of their last four games.

To really get concerned about the Cubs’ offense, however, is a bit of over-analysis; particularly when the pitching has picked up the slack and the team continues to win.

It is an important note, however, for betters betting on the total. Fiers has thrown the ball well in his last few outings and the Houston bullpen is one of the best in the game. With Arrieta pitching on the other side, this could be a lower scoring game and one that the best bet is against the total.

MLB Odds: Cubs 3, Astros 2

Kansas City Royals Vs Boston Red Sox Betting Odds, MLB Baseball Lines

MLB Betting: Royals at Red Sox Odds

By Steven Wisner

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MLB Baseball Odds

With the Royals pulling themselves back in the AL playoff picture and the Red Sox continuing a hard fought three-way battle in the AL East, these two teams will close out their three game series in primetime on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

The Royals had their winning streak snapped at nine on Wednesday night as Jose Fernandez and the Marlins got the better of them, 3-0.

Even with the loss, the Royals are having a very Kansas City Royals type month, going 16-6 to get back in the wildcard hunt just when it looked like all hope was lost.

The team was running on fumes in July, going 7-19 and the extended runs into October in back-to-back seasons was wearing on a team decimated by injuries.

Here in August, the roster is getting back to health and that means refreshed players playing up to their potential. Still, while it all looks like sunshine and roses for the Royals right now, there’s concern about the series in Boston, including Sunday’s finale.

Kansas City is rolling, but this is still a team propped up by its home record. To date, this team is still 15-games under-.500 on the road.

Boston, on the other hand, returns home for the series after an extended road trip took them to four different cities to play 11 games in 11 days. They won’t get a break before the series with the Royals, but they will at least be at home where they’re 38-27.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Don’t look now, but the Royals hot-headed right-hander, Yordano Venutra, is showing his top of the rotation potential once again.

Overall, Ventura is just 9-9 with a 4.27 ERA and 1.328 WHIP in his 145 1/3 innings spread over 25 starts this season. Those numbers aren’t what Kansas City needs from the 25-year old they expected to be leading this staff already after they let James Shields walk a couple years ago.

While the overall season stats are a bit disappointing, the recent numbers are anything but. He’s in the midst of a stretch of six straight quality starts with his last outing the best of the bunch.

On Tuesday night, Ventura threw six scoreless against the Marlins. That came on the heels of a one run outing in six and a third against their rivals in Detroit. While the numbers in the Marlins game is a nice story, the performance against the Tigers was equally impressive given that lineup and the fact that was a team that’s seen him plenty over the last few years and knows what the ball looks like out of his hand.

All in all, during his last six starts, Ventura is pitching to a 2.31 ERA and has a 2.03 ERA in five August starts, going 3-0. It’s quite possible that Ventura has finally turned the corner. Since the All-Star break, he’s pitched to a 2.65 ERA in 51 innings and is a big reason for this team’s recent turnaround.

The Red Sox have yet to announce who they’re planning to send to the mound to counter Ventura, but it should be Eduardo Rodriguez’s turn should he be healthy enough to take the ball.

The 23-year old southpaw was pulled from a no-hitter on August 16 due to a hamstring injury and hasn’t pitched in a game since after being scratched from a start on Thursday.

Buchholz took the ball in place of E-Rod, allowing one run in six innings. He could be in line again if Rodriguez cannot go. He’s just 5-9 with a 5.18 ERA this year and has a 5.63 ERA as a starter, but his last three starts have resulted in only five earned runs in 16 2/3 innings.

Still, E-Rod would give the team the better chance to win with better stuff. The youngster was no-hitting the Orioles before his injury and since July 16, he’s started seven games, allowing three runs or less in each.

Much like Buchholz, Rodriguez had a bumpy start to the year, but his recent string of success is a bit longer than Buchholz’s. E-Rod’s earlier struggles was also in a much smaller sample size.

LIVE BETTING

Kansas City is playing its best baseball of the year and, as has become the norm of recent years, the Royals’ bullpen has been lights out.

While names have come and gone, the bullpen ranks first in all of baseball with a 3.15 ERA and is in the midst of a streak of 34 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings following two and two thirds more scoreless innings on Wednesday.

The Red Sox’s bullpen isn’t too bad either. The unit got the loss on Wednesday in inning 11, but that came on a walk-off error.

Brad Ziegler and Craig Kimbrel both pitched in the game. The two gives the Sox a nice combination to cover the final two innings. With Fernando Abad having a rough start to his Red Sox career, the rest of the pen doesn’t quite stack up to the quality and quantity the Royals boast, even with Wade Davis still injured.

Of course while pitching wins championships and bullpens become more and more important as the season progresses into the final month, the Red Sox formula this year has been about getting enough pitching—both in the rotation and in the bullpen and letting the offense take care of the rest.

The Red Sox lineup continues to lead the world in runs scored. Meanwhile, the Royals offense is hitting well right now, helping to close the gap on offense. The team doesn’t have the stats the Sox have, but Kendrys Morales is swinging better and Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain are back. It’s no coincidence that the Royals are winning now. Pitching is part of it, but so is the offense.

QUICK PICK

It’s hard to bet against the Royals right now. Over the last 10 games, the only way to win was to send them against Jose Fernandez. E-Rod is good, but he’s not Fernandez.

The Royals are swinging well and should score off Rodriguez, leaving the main question: what can Ventura and the pen do to stop the Sox?

The key factor here may be the ballpark. Kauffman Stadium is a pitcher’s park while Fenway can give up home runs with the green monster looming in left-field. Boston can hit the long ball and with 20 allowed this year, Ventura can give them up.

Given Kansas City’s below .500 record on the road, the Sox’s deep lineup, if E-Rod can go, look to back the Sox in a close game, but if the line gets too big, don’t be afraid to fade either team.

MLB Odds: Red Sox 6, Royals 5

Cleveland Indians Vs New York Yankees Picks, MLB Baseball Betting Odds

MLB Betting: Indians at Yankees Odds

By Steven Wisner

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The Yankees did the unthinkable earlier this week and became sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline. Part of that included trading away ace reliever Andrew Miller to the Indians. Miller and the Tribe return to the Big Apple on Friday night to kick off a three game weekend series.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

The Yankees have actually played six games over-.500 since May, but have been treading water at the .500 mark since June.

A nice winning streak at the end of July almost threw off the team’s plan to rebuild towards 2017 and beyond, but New York has now dropped five of six, falling back to .500 as of Wednesday.

New York isn’t used to being a mediocre team and bettors aren’t used to it either. That’s evident by the team’s -$512 total moneyline.

The Yankees’ opposition in Cleveland sits in the positive at $535 and sit atop the AL Central. It hasn’t been all good recently, however.

Cleveland played Baltimore two weeks ago and was swept. Including that series, the Indians are 4-6 over their last 10 games as of Wednesday, including dropping the first two of a four game set against Minnesota.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

The trade deadline threw off the Yankees’ rotation and Friday’s starter has yet to be announced by Yankee manager Joe Giardi.

With Ivan Nova gone, Chad Green gets a chance in the rotation and Luis Severino stays in the bullpen, at least for now. Provided that’s the only change to the rotation, the ball should go to Michael Pineda on Friday.

Pineda continues to be an enigma for New York. The 27-year old right-hander has all the stuff, but the results haven’t been there. He’s still young enough that it could all click, but that hasn’t happened in 2016.

Imagines of his 13-game stint in 2014 keep hope alive. He went 5-5 with a 1.89 ERA and 0.825 WHIP that year, but last year his ERA jumped to 4.37 and it’s up to 5.13 through 21 games this year.

In addition to that inflated ERA, Pineda is only 5-10 with a 1.349 WHIP. He’s striking out batters still. In fact his 10.8 strikeout per nine inning ratio is the best of any starter in the league, but he’s allowing more home runs than ever before, giving up 20 already, and has an opponent batting average of .265 and opponent OPS of .793.

There is some reason for optimism as his BABIP against is .335, that’s driven his ERA well above his FIP of 3.89, but can we really expect that to lower too much considering it was the same number last year? Pineda gets a lot of swing and miss, but he’s also prone to leaving the ball up and out over the plate and the other team isn’t going to miss too many fat pitches.

While the Yankees’ Friday night starter seems to continually under perform his stuff, the Indians’ starter on Friday, Josh Tomlin, is just the opposite.

At 11-3, Tomlin has been a pleasant surprise for the Indians this year with a 3.43 ERA and 1.110 WHIP in 19 starts. That’s built off of a 10 start stint last year where he went 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA. As a result, this has now been a rather extended period of success for the 31-year old right-hander.

Part of what makes Tomlin so successful has been his ability to avoid the walk, making batters earn their way on base. He’s leading the AL with just one walk per nine innings and he’s actually walked just 14 all year.

Of course, being in the zone that much does leave him open to being hit and he has been bit and hit hard. He’s already allowed 25 home runs in just 120 2/3 innings. Fortunately for him, many of those bombs have come without anyone on base thanks to his low walk rate.

The Yankees are a patient, veteran team—though that’s changed a bit with them selling at the deadline. Nevertheless, they’ve still got a number of veterans up and down the order who will need to adjust their approach off of Tomlin who will be in the strike zone and can be beat of the opposition swings the bat early in the count.

Both Detroit and Baltimore are known to be free swinging teams and both had success against Tomlin this past month.

LIVE BETTING

At the deadline the Indians added Miller from the Yankees and grabbed a platoon outfielder in Brandon Guyer from the Rays.

Guyer is a great hitter against southpaws, but mediocre against right-handers. In 82 plate appearances against lefties this year, he’s hitting .344 with four homers and a 1.082 OPS. Against right-handers he’s batting .196 in 167 plate appearances.

Terry Francona figures to use him almost exclusively as a platoon player against lefties and late inning defensive replacement. That won’t come into play against Pineda, but could late in the game in a pinch hit spot.

Outside of Guyer, the Indians otherwise failed to upgrade the lineup. They had a deal in place for Jonathan Lucroy, but he rejected it. That leaves catcher a huge question mark. Yan Gomes is out and was hitting only .165 when he was playing. Backups Chris Gimenez and Roberto Perez are hitting .202 and .083 respectively.

Even with the black hole behind the plate, Cleveland has still scored the sixth most runs in baseball. The team did make one upgrade by releasing veteran third baseman Juan Uribe. That’ll allow Jose Ramirez to slide into the infield and give Rajai Davis and Abraham Almonte more playing time.

Cleveland has outscored the Yankees by 70 runs this year and have scored 25 more since the All-Star break.

In 18 games since the break, New York has scored just 55 runs, tied for the least in the AL. That’s barely three runs per game.

It really shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Out of 17 players with at least 10 plate appearances, just three have OPS+ numbers over 96 and one of them is now a Texas Ranger: Carlos Beltran. That leaves Brian McCann, with a .236 average, and Didi Gregorius with a .318 OBP as the only two that’ve amassed enough offensive value to sport an OPS+ in the triple digits.

Gary Sanchez is getting the promotion to the big leagues and perhaps he can provide a spark, but it’s doubtful he can do anything Beltran didn’t and New York’s poor offensive numbers were accumulated with Beltran in the order.

QUICK PICK

The Yankees are a .500 team, which is more than the Twins can say and they’ve handed Cleveland a couple losses of late. New York is also at home where they’re 29-22. Nevertheless, Cleveland statistically is the better team in every facet of the game.

On the mound, Pineda has been the definition of inconsistent while Tomlin has a nice matchup against a struggling offense.

At the plate, we’ve already examined the run differentials between Cleveland and New York. Meanwhile, in the bullpen the Indians pull ahead as well with Miller added to Cody Allen in the back end.

MLB Odds: Indians 6, Yankees 3

Chicago White Sox Vs Minnesota Twins Odds, MLB Predictions

MLB Betting: White Sox at Twins Odds

By Steven Wisner

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MLB Baseballl Odds

Chicago will look to use this three game series against the Twins as a catalyst to get back to, or over, .500 with the final game of the series set for Sunday afternoon in Minnesota.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

It’s been a very bad season for the Twins. There’s no way around that. After a surprising year last year, many had Minnesota taking another step forward, but the rotation hasn’t allowed that nor as the bullpen or offense both of which have regressed.

Minnesota has been marginally better at home than on the road, but that shouldn’t factor in much here with the Twins since only 20-31 at home.

One positive, however, is the ChiSox are 22-27 on the road and while the Twins have been trending upwards, the White Sox have regressed.

Minnesota is actually posting a winning month here in July, it would be the team’s first such month in 2016. Chicago, on the other hand, is 10-12 this month—their third straight sub-.500 month after a 17-8 April.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Assuming he’s still a Twin on Sunday, Minnesota is planning to send Ervin Santana to the mound.

Santana’s been rumored to be a target of a few different teams and if he’s been dealt or a deal is close, he’ll be scratched from this start. For the moment, however, he’ll be on the hill.

Santana is the Twins’ ace, but is probably better suited to be a No. 3 starter on a good team.

He’s just 3-9 this year, but has pitched to a 3.78 ERA and 1.242 WHIP. He’s also not outpitching his peripherals as his walk and home run rates are reasonable and his FIP is 3.98.

The 33-year old right-hander is throwing the ball well as the deadline approaches and has allowed three runs or fewer in seven straight. He’s also coming off a complete game where he threw nine innings, allowing two runs in seven innings while taking the loss. It was his second complete game in four starts, the other was a shutout against Oakland.

Over his career, Santana has pitched to a 3.95 ERA in 20 games against Chicago, but has two losses against the Sox this year, allowing six runs on 14 hits in 10 1/3 innings.

Speaking of the Sox, they too have a pitcher on the trading block lined up to make the start on Sunday: James Shields.

Chicago acquired Shields themselves this season from the Padres when they were in the hunt, but they’ve recently slide out of contention and are likely sellers.

It wasn’t long ago that Shields’ value was negative, but veteran right-hander has pitched very well lately.

He’s still got a 5.17 ERA since joining the Sox, but he’s now thrown six straight quality starts, pitching to a 3-3 record and 1.71 ERA. The last time out, he held the Cubs scoreless over seven and two-thirds in route to a win.

Interestingly, the last time Shields faced the Twins was the start of that stretch of games. He pitched six and two-thirds and allowed only one run.

LIVE BETTING

Part of Minnesota’s better record in July is due to an offense that’s starting to hit the ball better.

The Twins have scored the third most runs in baseball in July and have hit 26 home runs in the month while batting .271 as a team. On the other side of the field, the White Sox have scored the third fewest runs and are hitting .253 as a team.

Both teams could see attrition in their lineup as well by Sunday though that’s likely a bigger factor for the Sox.

Chicago’s lineup has much better names than Minnesota’s but haven’t been able to produce up to expectations. Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera and Adam Eaton could all be attractive targets for contending teams. Meanwhile, if everyone stays, you’ve still got a team that’s outscored just two teams this month.

As for the Twins, Eduardo Nunez is the most likely offensive player to go, that would leave Miguel Sano, Brian Dozier and others. Minnesota’s also gotten a nice surprise from youngster Max Kepler who has a .800 OPS since his promotion driven largely by his extra base hits given his .237 average.

QUICK PICK

Look for a close game with two quality starters—who each may be traded by Sunday—and a whole bunch of additional questions on each side.

The Twins are at home so that’s a great sign for them, but their bullpen is porous. Brandon Kintzler has stepped into the closing role and Fernando Abad, another trade candidate, is having a strong year, but there aren’t many other options. Of course, on the other side of the field David Robertson is having a down year with a 4.35 ERA.

The Twins are at home, the Sox struggle on the road. Take the Twins in a very close contest as both teams are likely to look different with the trade deadline looming.

MLB Odds: Twins 6, White Sox 5

San Francisco Giants Vs Boston Red Sox Picks, MLB Baseball Odds

MLB Betting: Giants at Red Sox Odds

By Steven Wisner

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MLB Betting Picks

After a two-game split in San Francisco in June, these two teams meet up again—this time in Boston—with the final game of two on Wednesday in a potential World Series preview.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

It’s an even numbered year and the Giants are once again on a role. With the best record in baseball, San Francisco has a good shot for another title, but before that, the Giants have got to get through the season with the next task being a powerful Boston Red Sox team.

San Francisco has destroyed its divisional opponents, faired really well against the NL Central, but just a game over .500 against the east and only 6-6 in interleague play.

Boston should be a difficult interleague opponent. The team’s the best offense in baseball and has a beefed up rotation. Boston’s also 30-20 at home and 6-3 against the NL.

As far as total moneyline, San Francisco has been the better bet to date with a $1,174 total moneyline to the Sox’s $148.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

In his first start since the Sox parted ways with one of their top prospects to get him, Drew Pomeranz will take the mound against a familiar foe, trying to impress his new team.

The 27-year old southpaw is in a breakout year. After earning a rotation spot in spring training, he was the Padres’ most reliable starter before being traded. Despite pitching for a struggling team, he posted a 8-7 record and pitched to a 2.47 ERA and 1.059 WHIP in 102 innings of work.

Those innings are probably the only concerning number. As a minor league starter, turned reliever, turned swingman, he hasn’t topped 100 innings in any other season at the big league level, dating back to his debut in 2011. Fatigue could set in, but he hasn’t shown any signs of that, yet.

Given he spent the season in the NL West, he’s already pitched against San Francisco three times this year. The first one, he didn’t make it out of the fifth, but his last two he combined for 13 innings, allowing just two runs and six hits combined.

All in all, contrary to what his innings count would suggest, he’s gotten better. His last three starts have resulted in just a single run in 21 innings pitched.

While the Sox’s certainly have an interesting story on the mound, it’s not any more interesting than the Giants’.

After an extended stay on the disabled list, former ace turned enigma Matt Cain will make his return to the mound on Wednesday.

Cain is 1-5 with a 5.34 ERA and 1.517 WHIP in 11 starts, averaging just barely over five innings a start. He’s struggled for quite some time now and while injuries have played a role, he hasn’t had a sub-four ERA since 2012.

The 31-year old right-hander is a huge question mark for the Giants and the only real weakness in an otherwise strong rotation. The Red Sox will look to take advantage of that with their deep lineup.

LIVE BETTING

The Red Sox have scored 67 more runs in three fewer games this season than the Giants. It’s pretty clear that Boston’s offense has far more thump and is much more potent.

The Sox have strong lineup top-to-bottom, even with Jackie Bradley Jr.’s recent regression. Sandy Leon is all of a sudden lighting it up behind the plate and Ryan Hanigan produced a bomb in the series against New York, too. That’s the team’s only real weak offensive position. Otherwise, everyone else is batting at least .260 with five players having at least 10 homers.

San Francisco is a much different offense. They’re unlikely to run up the score or hit multiple home runs. In fact, the Giants have just two players with at least 10 homers: Buster Posey and Brandon Belt with 12 and 10 respectively.

Instead, the team manages to score enough to support a very strong rotation thanks to a balanced lineup with anyone able to be the hero on any given day. Even with a plethora of injuries, the team’s been able to find players to step up day in and day out.

As for the bullpen, that’s one area the Giants have an edge. Boston is without closer Craig Kimbrel and setup man Junichi Tazawa. Koji Uehara, meanwhile, may finally be letting his age show as he’s pitching to a 4.54 ERA thanks to issues with the long ball. They added Brad Ziegler to help, but with the Kimbrel injury, he doesn’t even get them back to the level they were at prior to the injury.

San Francisco’s pen hasn’t been great, either, but its healthier at the moment and provides a bit more certainty.

QUICK PICK

Look for Boston to get the win at home. They’ve got the better offense and the advantage on the mound. There’s no telling what Cain will provide for the Giants. He’s been a below-average starter for a couple of years now.

With Pomeranz on the mound for Boston, the Red Sox have someone with experience and success against the Giants. He should give Boston a nice chance to put together an early lead and get the win in his team debut.

MLB Odds: Red Sox 6, Giants 3

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MLB Lines, San Francisco Giants Vs San Diego Padres Betting Odds

MLB Betting: Giants at Padres Odds

By Steven Wisner

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MLB Betting Odds

The Giant All-Stars get to stay in San Diego while the rest of the team meets them down in southern California to kick off the second half with a series against the Padres. Saturday’s middle game of the three game set will be yet another chance for the Giants to stick it to the Padres. After all, heading into the series, San Francisco has won all nine meetings this year.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

The Giants open up the second half with the best record in baseball at 57-33 and have been equally strong on the road as they have at home.

San Francisco won 21 of its last 28 games and despite injuries including three starters on the disabled list, the Giants are playing their best baseball of the season. When you look at the total money you can also see that the Giants have been the best bet this year—at least in the NLF—with a total moneyline of $1,775.

The Padres, meanwhile, fresh off hosting the All-Star game will get back to action, sitting at just 38-51 in the midst of yet another subpar season.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Fresh off a less than stellar All-Star Game start, Johnny Cueto will go back to work in the regular season on Saturday matching up against the Padres’ young right-hander, Luis Perdomo.

As recently as last year, Cueto was considered one of the aces of the sport, but questions arose following a mediocre-at-best few months with the Royals. In the offseason, most teams were skeptical, but the Giants came a calling and got a hell of a pitcher.

The 30-year old workhorse right-hander leads the league in wins, complete games, innings and boasts the lowest homer run per nine inning ratio of any starter.

He’s 13-1 with a 2.47 ERA and 0.997 WHIP. He’s limiting the home runs while allowing fewer than one base runner per inning.

The Giants have won all but two of his 18 starts and each of his last five. Cueto’s thrown 14 of quality starts this year and at least six innings in all but one start, continuously keeping his team in the game.

Perdomo, on the other hand, cannot match any of those numbers.

The 23-year old rookie right-hander is 3-4 with a 7.48 ERA and 1.969 WHIP in 22 games including seven starts. He’s allowing nearly twice the number of base runners per inning as well as over three times the number of homers per nine as Cueto.

Now, Perdomo has been a better starter than reliever, but even starting his numbers are still well above where the Padres want them. In his seven starts, the youngster is 2-3 with a 6.11 ERA and 1.726 WHIP. His strike out numbers, interestingly, go up as a starter.

In general, there’s very little reason to optimistic about this pitching matchup for the Padres, but at least the recent trends makes things a bit less lopsided. Perdomo has thrown three straight quality starts. While he’s just 1-2 in those starts, he’s at least been able to keep his team in the game of late.

LIVE BETTING

The Padres’ offense has been swinging the bat pretty well for quite some time now. Over their last 36 games, they’ve averaged a little over five and a half runs per game and have plated 13 more than the first place Giants since the beginning of June.

Of course, over the course of the full season the Giants still have a nice edge and an OPS 39-points higher, but the offenses over the last month plus have been much closer.

The Padres’ offense has also been a bit healthier—an injury to Jon Jay aside. Still, other than Wil Myers and maybe Yangervis Solarte and Melvin Upton, the San Diego lineup is a bit of a question mark. Matt Kemp has given power, but has a measly .275 OBP, while Brett Wallace, Adam Rosales and Derek Norris have gotten plenty of at bats despite each hitting .213 or worse.

In San Francisco, the lineup is a bit more balanced with Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, and Brandon Crawford—though injuries to Joe Panik, Matt Duffy and Hunter Pence are hindrances. Still, fill in players like Jarrett Parker and Ramiro Pena have been very good when filling in.

QUICK PICK

Given the offenses have been pretty even for more than a month now, the difference in this game comes down to pitching.

Home field is a nice boost for the Padres, but the Giants are the best team in baseball right now and are winning both at home and on the road. Cueto is the better pitcher and while Perdomo has been better of late, he’s still not likely to give you more than six innings. Look for the Giants to plate a few with Perdomo in the game and more against a dismal Padres defense with Ryan Buchter their only real solid answer in relief.

MLB Odds: Giants 6, Padres 4

Chicago Cubs Vs Pittsburgh Pirates Picks, MLB Baseball Lines

MLB Betting: Cubs at Pirates Odds

By Steven Wisner

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MLB Betting Odds

The Cubs and Pirates will close out a three game series, and the first half, on Sunday in their 12th head-to-head game of the year. Chicago owned Pittsburgh in the first three series, going 1-8 in those nine games.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

Heading into their series with the Pirates, the Cubs were just 1-5 in the month of July and have been scuffling for a couple weeks, going 5-12 in their previous 17 games.

Many have continued to overlook the fall as they remain thirty games over .500 heading into the series in Pittsburgh, but bettors have taken notice. Despite maintaining the second best record in the sport, the Cubs now have a total moneyline of -$306 compared to the Pirates’ $298 even though they’re eight and a half back of the Cubbies in the division.

The Pirates are surging heading into this series, coming off back-to-back sweeps of the A’s and Cardinals, both on the road, the Pirates return home for the three game series against the Cubbies looking to gain ground in the division once thought out of reach and extend a seven game winning streak.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

The promotion of Tyler Glasnow and eventual return of Jamison Taillon and Gerrit Cole off the disabled list may cost Jon Niese his spot in the rotation, but for now the veteran southpaw will get another shot on Sunday.

Niese has at least provided the Pirates with some innings if nothing else, going 7-6 with a 4.87 ERA and 1.532 WHIP. His FIP indicates he’s actually been lucky his ERA isn’t even higher.

The lefty is giving up 10.7 hits per nine innings and has already surrendered 19 home runs and walked 34 in 98 innings of work.

In his last start, he went five and two-thirds against the Cardinals, giving up just one run getting his first win since June 7, snapping a four game losing streak.

Niese has faced the Cubs twice this season, combining for just 10 1/3 innings, while giving up 10 runs on 15 hits and three homers. For his career, he’s 3-8 with a 5.35 ERA for his career against the North Siders.

Starting this first-half finale for the Cubs is right-hander John Lackey. The 37-year old hasn’t been able to duplicate his stellar 2015 with the Cards, but he’s still done well and kept the Cubs in the game more often than not.

In 17 starts, the veteran is 7-5 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.084 WHIP. Interestingly, while his WHIP is down, his walk rate and home run rate are both up from last year, but so is his strikeout rate as he’s striking out a batter per inning.

Much like the rest of the Cubs’ roster, Lackey’s been a bit shakier recently. He’s seen his ERA jump nearly a run since June 8 and the Cubs have lost each of his last four starts.

LIVE BETTING

The Pirates have outscored the Cubs by more than a run per game so far in July. While the Cubs continually seem to have players able to step in for injuries, those injuries may have finally caught up to the team; at least temporarily.

With Jorge Soler and Dexter Fowler both out, the outfield is a bit of a rotation outside of Jason Heyward who, after signing his massive deal in the offseason, is hitting just .234 and posting a .649 OPS.

Still, the infield is strong offensively and defensively with all four starting the All-Star game for the National League. Interestingly, those four are the only four players on the Cubs roster with double-digit homers. Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell have 12 and 11 bombs respectively while Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant have combined for 45.

As for the Pirates’ offense, they seem to be getting back on track after going cold for a spell. Andrew McCutchen still isn’t playing like the former MVP, but he’s posted a .761 OPS over his last 11 games; that’s an improvement.

The rest of the outfield is slugging, even backup Matt Joyce is raking with a .992 OPS. Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco are OPSing .829 and .877 respectively.

As a team, this unit can produce when most are on their game, but they lack the power that Rizzo and Bryant bring to the Cubs. Chicago can make up for some poor plate appearances with a long ball here and there. McCutchen and Polanco bring some pop—as does Jung Ho Kang—but not nearly to the level of the Cubs.

QUICK PICK

The Cubs are still a heavy favorite to win the World Series, but there’s a lot less certainty around this team right now.

It’s starting to become more than just a slump with the poor play and struggles extending more than just a week. Ultimately the All-Star break may be just what Chicago needs. Still, they have to get through this game first and that could be trouble for Chicago.

The Cubs bats are dangerous so it’s never safe to bet against Chicago, but they’re trending in the wrong direction right now and Pittsburgh is hot. Look for the Pirates to take advantage of playing at home and come away with a narrow win.

MLB Odds: Pirates 5, Chicago 4

Cincinnati Reds Vs Washington Nationals Betting Picks, MLB Baseball Odds

MLB Betting: Reds at Nationals Odds

By Steven Wisner

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MLB odds

In a battle of one the league’s best teams against one of the worst, the Nationals host the Reds in the third game of a four game weekend set in the Nation’s capital, looking to further distance itself from a dismal losing streak.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

Seven straight losses was enough to get Washington fans and bettors on edge last week, but the Nationals have bounced back in recent games winning three straight heading into Wednesday night.

Even with the recent losses providing some uncertainty, the Nationals are still the better bet in this game given their 46-32 overall record and $357 total money. Their opposition, the Reds, have the league’s second worst record and have the worst total moneyline at -$1,428.

Following a sweep at the hands of the Cubs thanks to a loss on Wednesday, the Reds enter their series with the Nationals having lost three straight and seven of their last eight games. To make matters even worse, they’ve won just three of their last 14 games.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

In an effort to get the team back in the win column, the Reds will turn to 27-year old right-hander Dan Straily to take the mound on Saturday.

Straily put up a strong showing in his first full season in the big leagues, going 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 27 starts for the A’s in 2013. Since then, however, he’s struggled to establish himself and stick in the majors, bouncing around a number of franchises.

Here in 2016, he’s found himself with a Reds’ team willing to give him a chance since they’re rebuilding. He hasn’t exactly grabbed the opportunity by the horns, but has done well enough to hold onto a starting spot for now.

In 17 games, including 14 starts, he’s 4-5 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.257 WHIP. He’s pitched 88 1/3 innings and only allowed 71 hits. That’s not bat, but he’s made up for it with an inflated 4.1 walk per nine inning ratio. He’s also given up 11 bombs.

His last three games haven’t been a picture of consistency either—or rather they have, but not the good kind. In those games, he’s pitched just 14 total innings, allowing 17 runs on eight walks, 19 hits and three home runs.

In his career, Straily has faced the Nationals only one time, going seven innings and giving up two runs.

Opposite of Straily, the Nationals will turn to a talented young right-hander who so far has been able to follow up a strong rookie season with an even stronger sophomore campaign.

The 23-year old Joe Ross is 7-4 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.222 WHIP in his 90 innings of work, spanning 15 starts. He’s allowing a few more hits than Straily, but has had fewer leave the part and has done a much better job limiting free passes.

In his last start, Ross did snap a series of three straight quality starts, but he still managed to give the team six innings and get the win in the process.

LIVE BETTING

The pitching matchup favors the young gun in Washington, but the differentiation doesn’t end there.

When we look past the starters to the bullpens, there’s a disturbing number that pops out for the Reds. Their bullpen has a 6.08 ERA as a unit. That’s more than a full run higher than the next worst team. It’s nearly double the National’s 3.12 bullpen ERA which ranks second in the National League and fourth in all of baseball.

Outside of Tony Cingrani and Blake Wood—each of which still have WHIPs of 1.358 and 1.461 respectively—there’s nobody the Reds can count on to pitch after their starters.

Offensively, the Reds could keep up with most teams, but not when the bullpen continues to give the runs right back.

QUICK PICK

The Reds have some quality hitters in their order including Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce who’ve combined to hit 38 home runs. Add in a quality offensive shortstop in Zack Cozart and Joey Votto, who even in a down year has a .804 OPS and you can at least count on some runs from Cincinnati.

Look for them to be able to get a few across the plate against Ross and company, but unfortunately for the Reds a few is, well, a few too few.

The Nationals’ offense isn’t stacked top-to-bottom, the team has holes, but against a porous bullpen and a lackluster starter that’s okay. Bryce Harper is still one of the game’s top talents and there’s enough around him with Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy and Jayson Werth to get plenty of runs and overtake the Reds on Saturday.

MLB Odds: Nationals 8, Reds 4

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Pittsburgh Pirates Picks, MLB Baseball Odds

MLB Betting: Dodgers at Pirates Odds

By Steven Wisner

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The featured game on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball should be interesting to watch with Clayton Kershaw on the mound against a team that’s seen a huge offensive drop off of late.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

The Dodgers have won six straight games and eight of their last nine and will have a chance to rest with an off-day on Thursday before kicking off a four game series against the Pirates.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, has now lost five series in a row and 12 of 14 games overall. They’re finding new ways to lose every night and are quickly seeing their slim playoff dreams slide away.

Heading into Thursday, the Dodgers had pulled nearly even in total money at -$59 while the Pirates recent stretch of losses have cost stubborn bettors who’ve refused to abandon ship. The Bucs’ total moneyline now sits at -$786.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

The Dodgers haven’t announced Sunday night’s starter, but Clayton Kershaw is lined up to make the start.

The ace southpaw is having his best season to date, which is scary for a pitcher that’s finished in the top three in NL Cy Young voting each of the last five seasons—winning three times.

In his league leading 15 starts and 115 innings of work, Kershaw is tops in wins (11), ERA (1.57), shut outs (three), and strikeouts (141).

As impressive as all of those standard metrics and numbers are, his ratios are even better. He’s walked only seven batters all season long, giving him a historically dominant 20.14 strikeout to walk ratio. With nearly no free passes and a league leading 5.5 hits per nine innings, his WHIP all the way down to 0.670.

Kershaw has pitched fewer than seven innings in a start just once all season and has allowed more than two runs in only one occasion as well. He’s now thrown 10 straight quality starts and has struck out at least 10 batters in nine of his last 12 games.

Over his career, the 28-year old southpaw is 2-2 against Pittsburgh with a 2.90 ERA in 10 starts.

The Pirates have yet to point to the starter getting the dubious task of going against Kershaw.

It would be Juan Nicasio’s turn in the rotation, but his status is uncertain as he’s been out on administrative leave dealing with a family issue. Wilfredo Boscan made the start in his place last time around, but he’s already off the roster again, getting sent to Indianapolis for Kyle Lobstein.

Lobstein could get the start. He’s pitched only in relief for the Pirates this year, but did make a couple starts at Triple-A.

Nicasio may be back by Sunday, but Clint Hurdle already alluded to the idea that Nicasio may be worked back into things in relief.

Pirates fans continue to clamor for a promotion for top-prospect Tyler Glasnow given his 1.61 ERA, but he wouldn’t be on rotation. Justin Masterson, however, would be on normal rest. The former Indians’ ace was signed to a minor league deal earlier this year, but hasn’t stood out in Triple-A. In fact, he walked four batters in his last start.

LIVE BETTING

The Pirates’ offense has gone cold and a matchup against Kershaw is not the way to get back on track.

Andrew McCutchen, however, has looked lost at the plate against mediocre arms, maybe playing up to the competition will help. He’s actually done well against Kershaw in his career, going 9-for-24 with a home run, giving him a 1.006 OPS.

Outside of McCutchen, neither Gregory Polanco nor David Freese have looked overmatched against Kershaw. The former is 3-for-8 with a homer against him while Freese is 6-for-21 with a pair of doubles.

Still, an offense is more than just three bats and Kershaw is even better this year than he’s even been in his career.

All in all, the Pirates’ bats need to get going, but that’s a tough task against Kershaw. Look for another low scoring affair out of the guys in yellow in black.

As for the Dodgers, their offense has been the definition of average.

QUICK PICK

The Dodgers may be lacking, particularly for a team with such a bloated payroll, but Los Angeles is the best team in baseball whenever Kershaw takes the hill. They can rely on him to hold the opposition down, go deep in the game and allow the offense to win it with just a couple of runs.

L.A.’s offense may not be great. The team’s .235 average is concerning, but overall, they’re still in the middle of the pack in runs scored. They’re also going against a team that’s struggled to find ways to win games of late and are unsure of who’ll even be making the start on Sunday night.

Power is another advantage for the Dodgers. The Pirates are led in homers by Jung Ho Kang who missed the first month of the season.

MLB Odds: Dodgers 5, Pirates 2

Pittsburgh Pirates Vs Chicago Cubs Odds, MLB Baseball Picks

MLB Betting: Pirates at Cubs Odds

Written by Mike Rose

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Division rivals are set to collide under the lights of historic Wrigley Field on Saturday night when the Cubs and Pirates partake in the second of three in front of a nationally televised audience.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

It’s been a rough go of it for Clint Hurdle’s Buccos in the month of June with the club just 4-9 and down $650 overall. This June swoon allowed St. Louis to leap them in the division standings. As it is, they sit 11.5 games in back of the Cubs for the division lead, and check in as 20-1 underdogs to win the division. If unable to do much of anything on the Northside of Chicago this weekend, those odds are sure to get a bit longer. Making matters worse for doing so is the fact that Andrew McCutchen and company currently sit a game under .500 as visitors (-$80).

There are only four 40 game winners in the Bigs heading into Wednesday’s diamond action. The Cubs are one of them and find themselves at the top of the heap at 44 up and only 19 down. Joe Maddon’s squad is the only not to have lost 20 overall games thus far. It’s also been dominant at home where it’s played .733 ball heading into Friday’s series opener with the Pirates. Even as such, they’ve only made their betting backers $414 due to going off the board heavy favorites every time they hit the field.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

With Francisco Liriano and Jeff Locke struggling mightily and Gerrit Cole recently placed on the disabled list, Jonathon Niese was a godsend pickup in the offseason for this franchise. Owners of the No. 18 pitching staff in terms of ERA, Niese hasn’t done much to soften the blow in pitching to a 4.60 ERA, but he’s 6-3 and been an innings eater having reached the sixth inning in four of his last six starts. That said, he’s allowing 10.2 hits per nine innings and not striking nearly enough batters out to consistently go deeper into games. Chicago’s been better against righties to date, but Niese has already been tattooed for six earned over five innings by Chicago once this season.

Since getting peppered for 5 ERs over just 2.2 innings at San Francisco back on May 21, Jon Lester has been in beast mode since in tossing four straight quality starts and allowing a grand total of 2 ER over his last 30.1 innings of work. He’s simply been brilliant over his last two in dominating the Phillies and Braves en route to logging his seventh and eighth wins of the season, but this will likely be a tougher task against a peeved divisional opponent. That said, the southpaw has had his way with the Buccos this season in allowing just 10 hits and 1 ER over 12.1 combined innings of two starts. Chicago’s won five of his seven Wrigley starts with the under 4-2-1 in those contests.

LIVE BETTING

Dating back to last season, Chicago has thoroughly enjoyed taking it to their division rivals. Over the last 10 meetings, the Cubs have come out on top seven times which includes the play-in game when they shut the Pirates out 4-0 at PNC Park.

They’ve already taken five of the six meetings in 2016 with the over cashing in five of those games. Chicago averaged 6.3 runs per game while Pittsburgh only pushed an average of 2.2 runs per game across the plate.

QUICK PICK

The Pirates window of opportunity to run roughshod upon the NL Central has been slammed shut. Not by the Cardinals who dominated the division for so long, but by the Cubs. Chicago is playing a much higher caliber level of ball than that of Pittsburgh, and it will once again show over these next three days on the corner of Clark and Addison.

Chicago hasn’t dropped a series at home since shockingly doing so to the Padres of all teams in early May. Since then, they’ve won each of their next four series and could return home for this one off a confidence building series win over Washington if they’re able to solve the riddle that’s been Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday night.

While Pittsburgh sits 8-6 and up $160 versus southpaws to date, the Cubs are simply on a mission and I don’t foresee them going down in this letdown spot in front of a nationally televised audience.

MLB Odds: Cubs 7, Pirates 3