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By Kyle Markus

The Los Angeles Dodgers have used a four-game winning streak to close the gap on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. The teams will face off in a critical four-game series this weekend in Los Angeles that could have a huge impact on the divisional title.

The Colorado Rockies are also right in the mix of this three-team race, but the Dodgers and Diamondbacks look to have superior clubs. Los Angeles has the best collection of talent but Arizona has been ahead in the standings of late. If the Diamondbacks can salvage a split they will feel extremely good about their chances but the Dodgers can overtake them with a series win in MLB wagering.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Thursday, August 30th through Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
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Probable Pitchers: Robbie Ray vs. Rich Hill; Zack Greinke vs. Clayton Kershaw; Patrick Corbin vs. Hyun Jin-Ryu; Clay Buchholz vs. Walker Buehler

Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks TV Coverage: None

The Dodgers have a run-differential of plus-125, which is the best in the National League. They have a record of 71-61, which is less impressive than the run-differential would suggest. However, Los Angeles is pretty healthy at this point and playing well, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it go on a hot streak down the stretch.

The Diamondbacks are 72-59 on the year and just a touch ahead of both Los Angeles and Colorado in the standings. They might not have a bunch of superstars but this is a solid team from top to bottom and the race for the National League West should go down to the wire.

Starting Pitchers

Ray is 3-2 on the season with a 4.73 ERA. He has a WHIP of 1.46 and has failed to pitch as effectively as 2017, when everything came together for Ray. He has 111 strikeouts in 85.2 innings so the pure stuff is there but Ray must be able to harness it. He is a better pitcher than the ERA would suggest. Hill is 6-4 with a 3.50 ERA. He threw six shutout innings last time out and is the more predictably successful starter. The Dodgers have the advantage in this one.

The second game of the season should be a dandy. Greinke is 13-8 on the year with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Greinke threw 6.2 shutout innings last time out in a victory over the Mariners and figures to put together a solid outing. It needs to be because Kershaw is still the most talented pitcher in the major leagues. He has dealt with injuries on the season but is 6-5 with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The D-Backs’ offense has been up and down all year and figures to struggle in this one.

Corbin has been very good for the Diamondbacks with a 10-5 record and a 3.15 ERA. He has 207 strikeouts in 168.1 innings pitched and has twirled five straight quality starts. Ryu is 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA. He has only started nine games on the season but has looked good in them and will aim to keep it rolling.

Buchholz will start the series finale for the Diamondbacks. He was in the minor leagues early in the season but has put together an incredible year with a 7-2 record and a 2.07 ERA after seven shutout innings last time out against the Giants. Buehler is 6-4 with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP so this pitching matchup should be a good one.
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Each side is rolling out talented starting pitchers in each game, so expect runs to be at a premium throughout this series. The Dodgers will be the favorites to win it because they are at home, but the Diamondbacks have a good team and should be able to hang in each matchup.

Many of these games should go back and forth and in the end the series will end with a split, which the Diamondbacks will be elated to take in MLB odds.

Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Pick: Diamondbacks split the series with the Dodgers at BookMaker.eu
Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Score Prediction: Dodgers and Diamondbacks win two games apiece

 

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Phillies vs. Nationals Baseball Betting Odds

By Mike Rose

Seven games out in the NL East and 6.5 out in the NL Wildcard chase, it’s do or die time for the Washington Nationals who entered this crucial series with the Philadelphia Phillies a game under .500 for the season. As for the Phillies, they’re currently in better shape than tonight’s opponent but have hit a rough patch recently. However, Gabe Kapler’s squad has held the upper hand in the 2018 rivalry taking six of the 10 overall meetings which includes splitting the six games played in DC.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
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Probable Pitchers: Zach Eflin vs. Stephen Strasburg
Phillies vs. Nationals TV Coverage: MLB Network

That two game series with Boston was enough to take the bite out of the Phillies who fell flat on their faces over the weekend in New York where they dropped three of five to the Mets. That’s simply inexcusable for a team in the thick of both the pennant and Wildcard chases with only five weeks remaining in the regular season.

Since sweeping the Marlins in an extended four game series at the beginning of August, Philadelphia has yet to win a series since losing two of three to both Arizona and San Diego, splitting with Boston and most recently stinking the joint out at Citi Field where they got bludgeoned 24-4 in the series opener. This series is a huge test for a Phillies squad that’s gotten the job done at home ( 41-22 ), but been taken advantage of on the road ( 27-34 ).

Would someone please put the Nats out of their misery already? After dropping back-to-back series on the road to the Cubs and Cardinals, you would’ve thought they’d take care of business back home against last place Miami. In true Nationals fashion, they went on to drop two of three and cost those that backed them on the baseball odds a pretty penny in the process ( -$310 ). Thankfully they won the opener as -354 chalk!

Either way, time is running out for Bryce Harper and company to make a run at a playoff spot with only 37 games left on the regular season docket. As many injuries as the pitching staff has recently incurred, it would be quite the feat if they were to pull it off. The odds of them doing so are incredibly long right now evidenced by the +1600 payoff to win the NL East. You’re likely better off taking a Bic to any funds you plan to drop on that Lotto ticket!

Key Stat

4.5 –This is the amount of runs the Nationals have scored against teams currently in the playoffs over the last 11 games. A decent output no doubt, but when you take away the 9, 8, 6, and 6 run outbursts, you’re left with an average of just 2.9 runs per game. Not so good is it? With the starting rotation and back end of the bullpen in tatters, it comes as no surprise that Washington can only slug its way to victories right now. That is unless Mad Max is toeing the bump which isn’t the case in this one. They got to Eflin for six hits and 2 ER in the five innings he threw at them back on June 22 in his lone career start against them.
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Tonight will mark the return of Stephen Strasburg who has unsurprisingly been out of commission for the last month. The righty can never stay healthy, but when he is, he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. Entering his 15th start of the year, Strasburg stands 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA and .239 BAA. Washington has only won two of his eight made home starts where he owns a 2-5 personal record and ludicrous 5.21 ERA.

He’s only tossed bullpen sessions and simulated games while on the DL, so it remains to be seen just how effective he’ll be in his return to the starting bump. My guess is he’ll be alright, but once he departs, the Phillies will have their way with the Nats horrid bullpen en route to driving another nail into their division rival’s coffin.

MLB Pick: Bet the Phillies at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: Philadelphia 5 – Washington 3

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Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Betting Odds

By Mike Rose

Don’t look now, but the St. Louis Cardinals are only five games back in the NL Central pennant chase and only sit two games out in the NL Wildcard race. The team has done a complete 180 under the watch of interim manager Mike Shildt winning 17 of 26 games to go from one game over .500 to nine games ahead of a breakeven pace. That’s a position the Washington Nationals wish they were in with the club underachieving in a huge way a second straight season.

Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Date and Time: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
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Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs. Jack Flaherty
Nationals vs. Cardinals TV Coverage: MLB Network

Six games out in the wildcard race, this is a make or break series for Bryce Harper and the Nats. If losing to the Cubs on a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth wasn’t enough to make you sick, dropping the opener of this series in St. Louis after giving up five runs the last two innings should do the trick. Washington was on life support as it was. The loss might just have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Winning the NL East looks nothing but a pipe dream now that they’re seven games off the pace of the Atlanta Braves, and they also need to chase down the Phillies for the Wildcard. Good luck with that. Monday night’s heartbreaking loss dropped the Nationals a game below .500 on the road where they’ve cost baseball bettors over $600 to date. It also moved them to 1-3 their last four visits to the Show Me State.

What a difference a change of scenery makes. Giving Matheny the axe, benching unproductive veterans and shipping another out has done wonders for the franchise. Still, the Redbirds face a steep uphill climb to get back into the NL Central pennant race, so at best, they’re likely looking at a one game playoff should they actually see the comeback all the way through and get into the second season.

Monday’s comeback win moved the team to a season-high nine games over .500. In doing so, they clawed to within five games of front running Chicago and within two games of the Brewers and Phillies for the Wildcard. Regardless of how the rest of the season turns out, you have to imagine Shildt has caught the attention of upper management to at some point return “interim” from his job title.

Player to Watch

Matt Carpenter –The veteran is one of the main reasons for the Redbirds turnaround. While his bat was silent the first couple months of the season, it’s been red hot over the last 10 weeks. He entered this series with a .280 average and 68 RBI. Most impressive are his 30 freaking 3 home runs! Over St. Louis’s last 10 games, the utility man has gone yard seven times. Seven times! He launched a three run bomb in Monday’s series opener to begin the late inning comeback. We’ll see just how locked in he is at the moment with the lefty just 1-for-6 with a K and two walks against Tanner Roark lifetime.
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Speaking of Roark, he’s 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and .323 BAA through three career starts against the Cardinals. It gets even uglier at Busch Stadium where he’s 0-2 through a pair of career starts with a 7.88 ERA and .308 BAA. I don’t foresee it getting any prettier in this outing. On the flipside, Jack Flaherty has been pitching out of his mind over his last two turns. He tossed six innings of shutout ball at the Pirates in PNC, and then followed it up with seven innings of 2 ER ball allowed at the Royals in Kansas City. St. Louis has split his eight home starts where he’s the owner of a 3.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 43.1 innings. This will be the first time Washington will have seen his stuff, and that bodes tremendously well for the rookie pitcher. The Nats are cooked. Look for the Redbirds to put the form in ‘em tonight!

MLB Pick: Bet the Cardinals at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: St. Louis 8 – Washington 2

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Betting Series Preview

By Mike Rose

A pair of teams flirting with a spot in the playoffs will partake in a crucial series to kick off the week when the Pittsburgh Pirates invade Coors Field to match wits with the Colorado Rockies. The Buccos likely have no shot to win the NL Central that’s been dominated by both the Cubs and Brewers. The Rockies are in the thick of the NL West race sitting 2 games out as well as 2.5 games out in the wild card chase. Without saying, this is a pivotal series for both clubs for a number of reasons.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies

Dates: Monday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO

The Pirates caught fire following the All-Star break rattling off five straight wins and seven of nine to get the team off life support. Unfortunately, Clint Hurdle’s squad was unable to carry that momentum into the following week after splitting with Chicago at home and following it up with a crucial series loss at home to St. Louis over the weekend. Pittsburgh sits two games under .500 on the road for the season ( $195 ).

Like this series’ opponent, the Rockies bolted out of the gates in the second half taking two of three from the D’backs in the desert and followed it up by taking four of five against the Astros and A’s. all three of those teams are playoff worthy. Then the gas ran out. Nolan Arenado and his mates went on to drop three of four at St. Louis and then followed it up with a terrible series loss at Milwaukee over the weekend. As competitive the NL West is this season, they can’t afford to slip up in this home series.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Monday, August 6, 2018, 8:40 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Joe Musgrove vs. Kyle Freeland

Musgrove enters start No. 12 of 2018 the owner of a 4-5 record and nifty 3.63 ERA. He’s proven to be an innings eater for a Buccos starting staff that ranks No. 9 overall in the quality starts department. He’s gone seven innings in four of his last five trips to the starting bump, and each of his two second half starts have been of quality. This will be his first career start against the Rockies and first appearance in Coors.

Every year, there’s a pitcher on the Rockies staff that defies Coors Field logic. That arm this season is none other than Kyle Freeland who stands 6-2 with an impressive 2.45 ERA and .223 BAA in the thin air of the Mile High City. Colorado had won each of his five previous starts until he dropped a decision in St. Louis last Wednesday. The Rockies have won seven of his nine overall home starts, but he’s had issues with the Redbirds in going 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA and .360 BAA through two career starts.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 8:40 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Jameson Taillon vs. Antonio Senzatela

Taillon leads the team in ERA ( 3.74 ) and WHIP ( 1.22 ), but has only managed to go 8-8 through his 22 overall starts. Injuries have once again plagued the youngster, but he’s been solid since the All-Star break after tossing 19 combined innings of 6 ER ball at the Reds, Indians and Cubs. He’ll be tested in this one with it being his first career start at Coors Field. Pittsburgh’s 6-5 with him leading the way on the road where his ERA checks in at 3.59 and BAA at .255.

Senzatela doesn’t offer up much to get excited about. He’s at best a six inning pitcher and is the owner of a 7.0 K/9 average. That said, he’s been pretty darn good of late in limiting the A’s and Cardinals to a grand total of 2 ER and 10 hits over his last 11.2 innings of work. Colorado has however dropped 10 of his 15 overall appearances and split his six home starts where his 3.00 ERA is a bit unusual. The quality effort he just threw at St. Louis was his first since returning from the DL back on July 3.
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Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 3:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Chris Archer vs. German Marquez

Archer’s first go round as a member of the Pirates was ugly to say the least. The righty was torched for seven hits and five runs ( 4 ER ) through 4.1 innings in his PNC Park debut against the Cardinals. The effort snapped a string of two straight quality efforts he threw for Tampa bay before being shipped off to the National League. He’s made one career start at Coors Field and impressed in doing so logging six innings of four hit and 2 ER ball, but that occurred back in 2016.

Marquez is no doubt the unheralded arm in Colorado’s starting rotation. The righty stands 9-8 with a 4.70 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through 22 starts, but has pitched much better than that of late. Since getting pummeled over the course of June, Senzatela has logged five quality starts through six tries. The lone blowup outing in Arizona really screwed up his peripherals. He enters start No. 23 in fine form, and has dominated Pittsburgh over the course of his career in going 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and .105 BAA through three starts.