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Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Odds

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals MLB Betting Series Preview

By Mike Rose

Both the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals went into the All-Star break trailing the Philadelphia Phillies for NL East honors by a half game and 5.5 games respectively. The Nats figured to be the team to coast to the division pennant at the outset of the season. If they’re to live up to expectations, at the very least a series win over one of the teams ahead of them in the standings is a must! They got two of their aces going, so it’s hardly a shock to see them the decisive chalk to win this three-game set.

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals
Dates:
Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22, 2018
Location:
Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

For all intents and purposes, the Braves are ahead of schedule. Not many predicted Brian Snitker’s team to be a factor in the NL East this season, but alas, they’re right in the thick of it. At 10 games over the breakeven point heading into Friday night’s series opener, Atlanta checks in as the fourth most lucrative bet in all of baseball ( $1208 ). They’re 27-22 on the road which has amounted to a solid $1065 return on investment.

It’s quite a different story in our nation’s capital where the Nationals have largely disappointed through better than half of their regular season docket. Dave Martinez has some work to do in their next 66 games if Bryce Harper and company are to live up to expectations. Though currently in third place of the division, Washington checks in with the second shortest odds to win the division ( +194 ) behind the Phillies ( +149 ).

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Friday, July 20, 2018, 7:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Anibal Sanchez vs. Stephen Strasburg

The veteran right-hander has found new life in the National League. After throwing nothing short of batting practice against AL bats his last three seasons in Detroit, Sanchez has rediscovered how to get opposing bats out. He’ll enter start No. 12 the owner of a 4-2 record and nifty 2.60 ERA. Opponents are only batting .204 against him to date, and he’s yet to allow an earned run in 10 innings thrown at the Nats this season.

Strasburg has proven to be a China doll year in and year out. This season has unfortunately once again been the case. Be that as it may, the righty is one of the best in the game when healthy and firing on all cylinders. This will be his first start in over a month since going on the DL due to shoulder inflammation. Before hitting the shelf, he went 6-6 with a 3.46 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. The Nationals only won two of his seven home starts, but he’s handled Atlanta’s offense with ease limiting Freddie Freeman and company to a .189 BAA and 3 ER over 14.2 innings.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, July 21, 2018, 7:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Sean Newcomb vs. Gio Gonzalez

Newcomb was arguably the Braves best starting pitcher through the month of June. Then July hit and the feces hit the fan. In his three made starts before the All-Star break, the lefty is 0-3 with a bloated 9.75 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. He failed to pitch through the sixth inning in each, and didn’t make it through the fourth twice. Though the Nationals have struggled against lefties, he’s had issues with them in going 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. This will be his second career start in D.C. He got rocked for 4 ER through four innings in the first.

Though not as dominant as he was a season ago, Gio Gonzalez continues to be the steady anchor that holds down the Nationals starting rotation. No, he doesn’t have the wipeout stuff of Scherzer or Strasburg, but he’s an innings eater and gets the job done more times than not. Relegated to more or less a six inning pitcher, only 36.8 percent of his starts have been of quality. He’s been his best at home where he sports a 3-2 record and 3.09 ERA, and took a no decision versus Atlanta earlier this season after tossing seven innings of 3 ER ball.

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Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:35 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Mike Foltynewicz vs. Max Scherzer

With a 2.66 ERA and a 10.6 K/9 average, Folty has been the Braves staff ace. Unfortunately, his 7-5 record doesn’t state as such, but that has more to do with the 4.4 runs per start he’s received from the offense. Still, he needs to work on his longevity evidenced by a 27.8 quality start percentage. The Braves stand 4-5 in his nine road starts where his ERA falls to 2.54 over 49.2 innings. None of his last six starts have been of quality, but he’s been hard on the Nats through three starts to date in allowing only 3 ER with a 22:5 K/BB ratio over 19.1 innings. He tossed a complete game shutout last time he opposed them back on June 1.

What else can you say about Mad max that hasn’t already been said. He’s without a doubt one of the best starting pitchers in the game, and that won’t change in Sunday’s finale when he toes the bump for the 21st time this season. He’ll be out to snag win No. 13 in this one against a Braves offense he’s limited to just right hits and 2 ER through 14 innings over a pair of starts. Lifetime against Atlanta, Scherzer stands 8-6 with a 3.61 ERA and .254 BAA over 17 starts. Washington’s won seven of his 10 made home starts where he’s only given up 20 ER through 70+ innings of work.

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By Mike Rose

Is there a more disappointing team in the National League than the Washington Nationals? This is a team that was predicted to have a cakewalk journey to the NL East pennant and partake in the playoffs a third straight season. As the regular season nears the All-Star break, that just hasn’t been the case. The team hasn’t been able to get in a groove all season. After dropping the opener in Pittsburgh, Dave Martinez’s squad will look to put their best foot forward in Thursday night’s opener against the New York Mets.

Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
Date and Time: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Citi Field, Queens, NY
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Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs. Steven Matz
Nationals vs. Mets TV Coverage: Local TV

After taking three of four at home against the wretched Miami Marlins, MLB bettors figured the Nats would hit the road for the ‘Burgh intending on closing the final week of the first week of the season on a high. Not so fast my friend! As small road chalk, Washington only managed top score three runs even though it outhit the Buccos 10-8 to fall by a 6-3 final count.

The defeat dropped Bryce Harper and his mates to a 23-21 on the road where they’ve lost $65 for the season. They have two games remaining at PNC park to pull even, so it’s possible they invade Queens a .500 road team with Hellickson coming of the DL Tuesday and Gio Gonzalez throwing in Thursday’s finale. The Nats have won seven of their last 10 visits to Citi Field.

The New York Mets are nothing more than a dark comedy these days. A complete overhaul of the coaching staff has done nothing to change the direction of this defunct franchise. The injury bug has remained camped outside the ball park with a number of major contributors unable to make an impact this season.

Included in the list of the walking wounded are Noah Syndergaard – big surprise – Yoenis Cespedes – shocking – Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud. This has forced Mickey Callaway to put together a skeleton crew lineup each and every day the team takes to the playing field. In doing so, the Mets offense unsurprisingly ranks amongst the worst in the league in a number of pertinent statistical categories. After splitting a doubleheader with the Phillies on Monday, New York sits 13 games under .500 as a host ( -$1612 ).

Key Player

Max Scherzer – Mas Max leads the Nats’ pitching staff in ERA ( 2.33 ), wins ( 11 ) and WHIP ( 0.89 ). You’d think Washington would be golden every time he takes to the starting bump, but that hasn’t been the case. Especially recently with the Nationals only coming out on top in two of his last six starts. With nearly 85 percent of his starts being of quality, he’s going to be installed a heavy chalk to lead the visitors to a road win in this spot. Though he hasn’t thrown at the Mets this season, he went 3-1 with a 3.21 ERA and .210 BAA over four starts last season. Lifetime at Citi Field, the righty stands 6-2 with a 1.76 ERA and miniscule 0.78 WHIP. He’s going to have some fun in this one!
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At one point in time, Steven Matz was considered to be an up and coming future star of the league. That was before he was forced to go under the knife. Since then, the lefty just hasn’t been able to return to his dominant self. While he enters start No. 18 4-6 with a 3.31 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, he’s only registered 81 Ks through his near 90 innings of work. He’s been at his worst at home where his ERA jumps up to 4.17, and served up 11 of his 13 home runs in that ball park. That said, Washington checks in just 9-18 versus southpaws of whom they’ve averaged less than 4.0 runs per game against. Matz has logged nine innings against the Nats this season and only surrendered 3 ER in a pair of no decisions. New York just might be worth taking a stab on the MLB betting odds at a big dog price, but I’ll got the safer route and look for Scherzer and Matz to shine in a pitcher’s duel.

MLB Pick: Bet the Under at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: New York 3 – Washington 2

2018 World Cup Betting Odds, Germany vs. South Korea Picks

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2018 World Cup Betting Lines – Germany vs. South Korea Odds

By Jonathan Willis

It didn’t seem possible for the longest time, but Germany controls its own destiny when it comes to its World Cup fate. The Germans had a nightmare of a start in their campaign to defend their title. They opened with a loss to Mexico, and then they fell behind Sweden 1-0. It looked like they were doomed to the same fortune as Spain in 2014, but then the team roared back with a vengeance to beat Sweden 2-1. Now, they must beat South Korea by multiple goals in their last match in order to advance. Fortunately, for the Germans, this is probably the roster you would most want in order to run up the score.

Germany vs. South Korea
Date and Time:Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10 A.M. ET
Location: Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
World Cup Opening Odds at BookMaker.eu: Germany-2, O/U3 and 3.5
Germany vs. South Korea TV Coverage: FS1

Group F is the one group in which there have been no draws to this point. That has created a scenario where all four teams are still able to qualify for the knockout round, even winless South Korea. It would take something of miracle for South Korea to make the next round, but it is possible.

South Korea did not get off to a good start. They fell to Sweden 1-0 in the opener and couldn’t manage a shot on goal. They had to get physical in order to keep the Swedes from scoring more than one, while goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo needed to come up big as well. South Korea performed a little better against Mexico, but they again needed to skirt the letter of the law to remain close. A Son Heung-Min goal just before fulltime left them with a little less work to do, but it’s still a tall mountain to climb.

Things looked disastrous for Germany until the second half of their match against Sweden. Germany looked completely lost on offense for the first game and a half of action, but then they looked like they finally found their stride in the second half.

Joachim Low’s men knew that they needed to score at least two goals in the second half, and they bombed forward from the outset in order to get those scores. Marco Reus scored three minutes into the second half to equalize, and from there it was game on. Germany looked undone after Jerome Boateng picked up his second yellow in the 82nd, but then Toni Kroos became the hero with a super strike five minutes into extra time to gift Germany a 2-1 win.

Injury Angle

Both sides have some injury concerns heading into this match. Sebastian Rudy suffered a broken nose in the victory over Sweden and is unlikely to play in this one. Center back Mats Hummels is a question too. He missed the match against Sweden because of a neck injury, and his absence would certainly be felt. With Boateng suspended for this match because of the red card, Germany is already thin at the back. Not having Hummels healthy would be a huge blow.

South Korea has an injury concern of its own. Ki Sung-yueng has been ruled out with a calf injury and his absence will be noticed. He is the team’s captain and most experienced player with over 100 caps to his name.

Player to Watch

Although Germany has struggled as a team, Kroos has been outstanding in both matches. He was the team’s lone bright spot in the loss to Mexico, continually threatening and getting their best chance to score. Kroos kept it up in Germany’s win over Sweden with strong play up until his game winner. It was a deserved Man of the Match performance for Kroos, who has been the team’s rock in these trying times.
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The Germans need to score and score often to make sure their spot in the knockout round is safe. They looked like a team possessed over the second half, and I think they will carry that fire with them into this one. The changes that Low made to the lineup seemed to work against Sweden, and they should have more success against South Korea.

Germany vs. South Korea Pick: Take the over in this match

Germany vs. South Korea Prediction: Germany 4 – South Korea 1

MLB Baseball Betting Picks, Dodgers vs. Cubs Predictions

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Series MLB Betting Preview

By Mike Rose

Off a near sweep of the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Chicago Cubs return home to the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field in search of a second straight series win. Up next on the docket will be the Los Angeles Dodgers outfit that took them out behind the woodshed and served up a good ‘ol fashioned beating when the teams last met in last year’s NLCS. LA has held the upper hand of the recent rivalry in winning eight of the last 10 meetings with all but two of those games combining for low scorers.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs
Dates: Monday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Dave Roberts’ squad got out to a wretched start to their 2018 campaign, but since the calendar turned to the month of June, Los Angeles is playing like the team many envisioned at the outset of the season. In winning 11 of their 14 June games ( $655 ), the Dodgers enter this series to be held in Wrigleyville only 1.5 games in back of the front running Arizona Diamondbacks. That deficit was close to 10 only a short month ago!

Chicago had a shot to take over sole possession of the NL Central lead on Sunday night, but came up short in yet another shutout. Putting zero runs on the board is something Joe Maddon’s troops have done a bunch over the last week. Of their six played games against Milwaukee and St. Louis, they were shut out three times! That said, Anthony Rizzo and his mates combined for 26 runs in the other three.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Monday, June 18, 2018, 8:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Kenta Maeda vs. Tyler Chatwood

The book on Maeda has been easy to read this season. Back him in Chavez Ravine and fade him till the cows come home when toeing the visitor’s bump. Within Dodger Stadium, the righty checks in 2-3 with a 3.41 ERA. When on the road, his ERA jumps up to 3.86 and ground ball to fly ball ratio down to 1.62. Those numbers would be even worse if his last four road starts didn’t take place in Miami, San Diego, San Francisco and San Diego again. He owns a lifetime 4.44 ERA on the road and has never pitched at Wrigley Field in hot weather. Chicago’s sticks should eat Monday night.

Regardless of whether the Cubs offense gets going once again, they might need to hang a crooked number on the board just to come out on top with Chatwood on the bump. The righty has been a huge disappointment since being signed as a free agent this past offseason. He’s 3-5 against the MLB betting odds with a 4.12 ERA and .233 BAA. Not terrible. However, his numbers would be so much better if he could figure out a way not to issue free passes. Chatwood’s walked and struck out 58 batters through 63.1 innings – that’s an 8.2 BB/9 people! How the over has only cashed in seven of his 12 starts is beyond me.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Rich Hill vs. Mike Montgomery

Hill is set to come off the DL for this start, again. The veteran has been on and off the designated list all season. When healthy, he’s been nothing to write home about in going 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA and .303 BAA. In other words, he wasn’t missing bats evidenced by the 30 hits allowed through 24.2 innings. Though he registered better than a K per inning, he also issued 13 walks. The lefty last took to the starting bump back on May 19, and the last thing a rusty arm wants to see right out of the chute is an offense that leads the league in runs scored per game against southpaws ( 6.4 ).

Montgomery is making it known that he deserves a spot in the Cubs starting rotation. The spot starter/long man has been nothing short of a godsend for Maddon since Yu Darvish hit the DL. In his four starts made since, Montgomery has conceded a grand total of 13 hits and 3 ER with as K/BB ratio of 14:3 through 23.2 innings. He came one out away from throwing a quality start in each outing! He haw however had a rough go of it versus LA evidenced by his career 4.15 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.

Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 2:20 p.m. ET ( MLB Network )

Ross Stripling vs. Jon Lester

Like Montgomery for Chicago, Stripling has been the same type of saving grace for Los Angeles. The righty is 6-1 with a miniscule 1.76 ERA and opponents are only batting .224 against him. Since getting blown up in his first start after getting yanked from the pen due to Clayton Kershaw’s injury, Stripling has tallied quality starts in five of his eight made starts. He allowed two or less ER in each of them, and the Dodgers have come out on the right side of the scoreboard in each of his last six made starts.

Aces gonna ace! Lester has a down 2017 season. Some might say he was simply hungover and fatigued from the Cubs championship run the year prior. That’s not the case in 2018. The lefty has far and away been the best arm within Chicago’s rotation in going 8-2 with a 2.28 ERA and .207 BAA. Though 17-7 versus left-handers, Los Angeles has only plated an average of 4.0 runs per game against southpaws. He owns a 3.89 ERA and .220 BAA lifetime against the Dodgers, and the Cubs have won five of his six home starts. The finale of this series should play out to an excellent pitcher’s duel.Baseball Betting Picks

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By Mike Rose

Blake Snell has made nine career starts against the New York Yankees over the course of his career. He’s managed two wins to go along with three losses and owns a lifetime 4.58 ERA versus the Bronx Bombers. He enters start No. 15 for the Tampa Bay Rays in the midst of his best season at the professional level. He’ll attempt to keep the mojo rising on Thursday night when he takes to the Yankee Stadium bump for the opener of the AL East rival’s extended four game series.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
Date and Time: Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
MLB Odds: Check Back Later
Probable Pitchers: Blake Snell vs. Domingo German
Rays at Yankees TV Coverage: FS1

As top heavy the AL East currently is, the Rays have to proud of the fact that they’re currently the best of the worst. At 14 games off the pace, Tampa Bay has no realistic chance of catching either the Yankees or Red Sox, but it does have a shot of finishing the regular season up with a .500 record. It entered Tuesday night’s tilt with Toronto five games under the breakeven point ( -$482 ).

With the club below average overall, it comes as no surprise to find the Rays substandard in a number of different areas. Tampa Bay hits well as a team evidenced by its .257 batting average ( No. 6 ), but it’s only translated into an average of 4.1 runs per game ( No. 24 ). On top of that, the pitching staff has been brutal with the starters amassing a total of 19 quality starts and the bullpen the owner of a 3.88 ERA ( No. 14 ). Stats like that aren’t allowing it to compete within the division.

Then there’s the New York Yankees who sit tied atop the division standings along with the Boston Red Sox. Aaron Boone has had a great go of it in his inaugural season in the Bronx. The Yanks own the league’s top-ranked offense that ranked No. 1 in runs scored per game ( 5.5 ), OPS ( .796 ) and home runs ( 103 ). On top of that, the starting staff has spun 31 quality starts ( No. 8 ) while the bullpen has taken care of business in 18 of its 26 save opportunities.

Heading into Tuesday night’s series opener with the Washington Nationals, the Yankees checked in as the fifth most lucrative team to back this season. Even though Aaron Judge and company are routinely favored by oddsmakers on the betting lines, the team is in the black by nearly $1100. That’s freaking awesome! They’ve taken care of business both at home ( 4544 ) and on the road ( $553 ) which has hurt sportsbook’s bottom line at this point of the season.

Player to Watch

Blake Snell – The series opener will all come down to how well the third year pro handles himself in Gotham. The righty enters start No. 15 the owner of a spectacular 2.30 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. While he’s issuing just over 2.7 walks per nine innings, Snell has left those runners on base due to registering 89 Ks through his 82.1 total innings of work. Since getting bombed in Baltimore back on May 13, the Rays’ staff ace has logged quality efforts in four of his last five starts. He came one out away from making it five straight during that stretch. Bottom line, Snell is in a groove right now and his 0-3 record and inflated 6.55 career ERA at Yankee Stadium will no doubt have the Rays lined as the value side in this matchup.
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Coming off an intense two-game series with the Washington Nationals in a potential World Series showdown, I believe the Yankees will be ripe for the upset on the MLB odds at top rated sportsbooks. Domingo German has done absolutely nothing to make me buy the fact that oddsmakers will have New York lined as decisive home chalk in this matchup. He’s 0-4 with a bloated 5.32 ERA and only just snapped a string of throwing four straight non-quality starts by attaining the minimum against the weak-hitting Mets last time out. I get that the Rays have only logged three wins in their last 10 tries against the division rivals. I’m also well aware that they’ve dropped eight of their last 10 visits to the Bronx. Tampa has the better starter on the bump and the Yankees are in a prime letdown spot. Tampa Bay is as rabid as they come tonight!

MLB Pick: Bet the Rays at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 7 – New York 2