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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Betting Series Preview

By Mike Rose

A huge series that could go a long way in deciding how the NL West shakes out is set to go down in the thin air of Coors Field through the weekend when the Colorado Rockies entertain the Los Angeles Dodgers over the course of a three game set. Los Angeles holds a slim 7-6 advantage in the 2018 rivalry, and has won four of the six overall skirmishes in this ballpark. The under has cashed at a 7-5-1 clip, but the over checks in 4-2 when the teams collided at Coors.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

Dates: Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9, 2018
Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO

Los Angeles entered this series red hot having come out on top in eight of their previous 10 games. While they’ve emptied MLB bettors bankrolls at home, they’re nine games over .500 on the road ( -$127 ). LA’s won each of its last two road series since dropping three of four in this venue in early August.

Colorado drifted off the tracks at the end of August in losing four of its last six games, but stood undefeated din the month of September heading into Wednesday night’s home finale against the Giants. The Rockies only sit six games over .500 as a host ( -271 ) where the under has cashed at a surprising 39-25-2 clip.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Friday, September 7, 2018, 8:40 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Clayton Kershaw vs. Jon Gray

Clayton Kershaw once again looks to be his vintage self, and that’s bad news for all that gets in his way. It took a few starts for him to rediscover his stuff, but since he has, he’s more or less been awesome. Over his last three trips to the starting bump, Kershaw checks in 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. Los Angeles has won seven of his last 10 starts as well as two of his last three on the road.

Gray has been the rock within the Rockies pitching staff since getting called back up from Triple-A where he most definitely took the time to rediscover his stuff. He’s 11-7 overall with a 4.70 ERA and 164:40 K/BB ratio through 153.1 total innings of work. The Rockies have won nine of his last 10 starts, but he got blown up in his lone appearance against LA for eight hits and 4 ER through 5.2 innings.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, September 8, 2018, 8 p.m. ET ( ESPN+)

Walker Buehler vs. Kyle Freeland

Buehler has been the saving grace for a Dodgers pitching staff that’s suffered a multitude of injuries over the course of the regular season. The rookie checks in 6-4 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, and has led LA to wins in 11 of his 18 made starts. Though he didn’t record a win in his last three outings, he was nearly untouchable pitching to a 1.56 ERA while only allowing nine hits and 3 ER over 17.1 innings.

If Gray has been the Rock in the Rockies starting staff, Freeland has been the delivery man! all the kid has done is produce quality start after quality start doing so on 68 percent of his trips to the bump. Seven of his last eight outings have been of quality. Most importantly, he’s led Colorado to wins on the MLB odds nine of the last 10 times, but is yet to beat the Dodgers through a pair of 2018 starts.
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Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, September 9, 2018, 3:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Alex Wood vs. Tyler Anderson

As many injuries LA has had within its rotation, Wood is the only starting pitcher to log more than 140 innings of work this season. They’ve been productive innings as well with him the owner of an 8-6 record and 3.37 ERA through 144.1 innings. Unfortunately, his offense has only given him an average of 2.7 runs per game to work with over his last three starts of which he’s 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

It doesn’t look like the Tyler Anderson experiment is going to work in Colorado. His effort this season proves last season was an anomaly. The lefty stands 6-7 with a 4.80 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 153.2 innings. While his ERA is over a run lower at Coors Field, he’s been tossing batting practice of late evidenced by the 23 hits ( 4 HR ) and 13 ER surrendered over his last 12.1 innings of work.

Nationals vs. Cardinals Betting Odds, MLB Baseball Picks

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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.

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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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By Mike Rose

The Boston Red Sox are flying high right now having gotten out to a 10-2 start and taking two of three from the hated New York Yankees before their weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles. It’s all set to close out on Monday afternoon when the BoSox host the o’s at Fenway Park on Patriots Day. These teams last met on this day back on April 20, 2009. The Red Sox won that game and stand 4-1 against the division rivals on this holiday for the state of Massachusetts and Maine.

Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Date and Time: Monday, April 16, 2018, 11:05 a.m. ET
Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
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Probable Pitchers: Andrew Cashner vs. Brian Johnson
Orioles at Red Sox TV Coverage: MLB Network

How do you go into the Bronx and take three of four from the Yankees and follow it up by dropping a three game series to the Blue Jays? That’s exactly what Buck Showalter’s squad managed to do, and it looks to only be a sign of the times for this struggling franchise. Once Manny Machado is shipped to another team later this season, this team is going to take a major nosedive.

There simply isn’t much to get excited about when it comes to the Orioles. The starting staff has managed to produce the fifth most quality starts in the league, but the fun stops there. The offense has been a flat out joke! Machado is the only bat hitting better than .300. Chris Davis continues to be a strikeout machine and has only gone yard once. Jonathan Schoop is marred in a huge slump. Adam Jones is a shell of his former self. The list goes on and on. Bottom line, the Orioles offense can’t hit its way out of a paper bag right now.

It’s a much different story in Boston right now with the Red Sox getting out to the second best record in the league. In winning 10 of its 12 played games, Boston has lined those that backed them on the baseball betting odds a cool $743 return on their investment. Not bad for a squad that’s gone off the betting board favored in all but two of their played games.

The club has gotten it done both at the plate, on the mound and in the field. Mookie Betts and company are averaging 5.8 runs per game ( No. 3 ) while batting .259 overall ( No. 4 ). The starting staff has produced the second most quality starts ( 7 ), and owns a staff ERA of 3.08. On top of all that, the defense has only committed a grand total of three errors. Add it all up together, and it equals the hottest team the AL has to offer.

Injuries

Trey Mancini –The second year utility player has gotten out to a rough start to the season after shining in his rookie debut. Showalter batting him all over the order hasn’t done him any favors. Regardless, his status for this series is listed as questionable after he took a pitch off his hand. Mancini was actually batting lead-off for a couple games before getting injured. It will be interesting to see the Orioles lineup should he be forced to miss.

Hanley Ramirez – Xander Bogaerts going down with broken bone in his ankle hurt. Especially with the fifth year player getting out to such a hot start. Unfortunately, Han-Ram could likely be headed to the DL as well after taking a pitch off his wrist. A bad bruise developed, so it’s possible management decides to take it slow with their veteran to allow it to heel. If they do, his .357 batting average and team-high 12 RBI will be sorely missed in the meat of the batting order.

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In a season already loaded with disappointment, offseason acquisition Andrew Cashner has proved to be one of the lone bright spots. The grizzly veteran is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA and has only allowed 12 hits over the course of his 18 innings of work. He enters his fourth starts of the year having logged quality efforts in each of his last two starts against the Yankees and Blue Jays. He was blasted in this venue last season in his first career start at Fenway Park. I expect him to continue throwing well in this one which has me looking the visitor’s way on the MLB betting lines. After taking their hacks against lefty Chris Sale on Sunday, matching up against Brian Johnson’s weak sauce shouldn’t be a tall order. I know its Patriots Day and everything, but I got a feeling Boston’s going down!

MLB Pick: Bet the Orioles at BookMaker.eu
MLB Score Prediction: Baltimore 6 – Boston 4