Baseball Betting Picks, Braves vs. Nationals Predictions

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.

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

MLB Baseball Picks, Diamondbacks vs Giants Predictions

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Diamondbacks at Giants Picks

By Mike Rose

For all intents and purposes, the NL West has been very mediocre since the season kicked off in April. With the Los Angeles Dodgers yet to hit their stride, it’s allowed all but the San Diego Padres to remain in the pennant race. With that, the finale of the three game set between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants becomes all the more important. End of the line hurlers are set to match wits in this one with Clay Buchholz throwing against Chris Stratton.

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 3:45 p.m. ET
Location: ATT Park, San Francisco, CA
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Probable Pitchers: Clay Buchholz vs. Chris Stratton
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Entering Monday night’s series opener, the Snakes had logged back-to-back series wins after taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds and following it up with a clean sweep of the Miami Marlins. The 5-1 homestand propelled them to a 1.5 game lead atop the NL West standings over the Colorado Rockies. While the desert has treated Paul Goldschmidt and company kindly, that hasn’t been the case on the road.

As visitors, Torey Lovullo’s squad sits two games under .500 to cost MLB bettors $49 overall. Their recent body of work in the visitor’s role can best be described as ugly with the club losing eight of nine games to the Mets, Brewers and A’s. You have to go back all the way to the end of April to find the last time Arizona won a series on the road.

Don’t look now, but Bruce Bochy has the Giants playing some exceptional baseball. Off a solid three game home sweep of the Phillies, they entered Monday night’s series opener with the D’backs winners of four straight to saw off some of the baseball betting deficit the teams incurred to date. As it stands, San Francisco sat a game under .500 overall which has amounted to a $346 return on investment.

A bulk of that profit has been logged at home where Buster Posey and his mates sit seven games over the breakeven point ( $621 ). The Giants haven’t dropped as series in front of the hometown faithful since the middle of April when this same Arizona squad went into ATT and took two of three. Since then, they’ve either won or split series against the Nats, Dodgers, Padres, Reds, Rockies and Phillies.

Division Rivalry

Dating back to April 11 of last season, this series has been extremely one-sided. Arizona has dominated their rivals to the tune of 13 wins over the last 20 meetings. In 2018, the Diamondbacks hold a 4-2 advantage after taking two of three at ATT Park and following it up with another series win back at Chase Field. The under cashed in four of those six contests. The rivalry has been a bit closer by the bay where the teams have split the last 10 overall matchups. Total bettors also saw those tilts split with the over and under each cashing in five times.

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With Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija all on the DL, Chris Stratton has taken over as the team’s staff ace. Though he enters start No. 13 with a 7-3 overall record, he’s been extremely lucky evidenced by a 4.50 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Shockingly, he’s been able to amass a 4-1 record through six home starts even though he’s been ripped to the tune of a .307 BAA and 5.28 ERA. That said, he shined in an earlier season start against the Giants back on April 18 when he hurled seven innings of 1 ER ball to go along with a season-best 8 Ks!

I don’t foresee lightning striking twice in this matchup. Clay Buchholz has given up 1 ER in each of his three made starts as a member of the Diamondbacks. Granted, two of those outings came against the injury-riddled Mets and Marlins, but a majority of San Fran’s current roster has never seen his stuff before. That bodes extremely well for him in start No. 4! Should Arizona be installed slight underdogs at top-rated sportsbooks, I wouldn’t hesitate to back the Snakes considering they’ve dominated the recent rivalry.

MLB Pick: Bet the Diamondbacks at BookMaker.eu
MLB Score Prediction: Arizona 8 – San Francisco 4

MLB Predictions, Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Picks

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Series Betting Preview

 

By Kyle Markus

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting

The Los Angeles Angels are coming off a sweeping of the Phillies earlier this week and will look to keep it rolling in a matchup with the Oakland Athletics. This is another series the Angels should win and they’ll need to take advantage of the week’s easy schedule. The Angels are currently in third place in the AL West, but sit just one game back from the Mariners.

The Oakland A’s are six games and two spots behind the Angels in the division and face a very different reality this year. The A’s traded star pitcher Sonny Gray to the Yankees this week, finishing off their multiple weeks of selling before the deadline.

This one should mean much more for the Angels and it’s good opportunity for Los Angeles to make up some ground in the wild card race.

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels

Dates: Friday, August 4, 2017 – Sunday, August 6, 2017

Location: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA

The Angels are 9-8 since the All-Star break and will look to push beyond the .500 mark they’ve been hovering around all season in this series.  The team made one move this week before the deadline, trading reliever David Hernandez to the Diamondbacks for a young prospect on the mound. The playoffs might be a longshot but they are still in sight for Los Angeles and while this week’s victories over the Phillies were expected, the sweep and the dominating way that they won were a welcomed result.

The A’ split a four-game series with the Giants this week. The team fell 11-2 in Thursday’s contest and come into Friday’s game with a record of 48-61. Since the break, the A’s are 9-11.

This is the fourth series between the two squads this season. The Angels lead the A’s 6-4 so far in head-to-head matchups.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Friday, August 3, 2017, 10:07 p.m. ET (Local TV)

Troy Scribner (Angels) vs. Jharel Cotton (Athletics)

In Scribner’s major league debut against the Blue Jays on July 29th, the 26-year-old rebounded from a rocky start to get the win and retire the last seven batters he faced. He’ll look for that kind of performance this time again, sans the rocky start perhaps. Scribner was called up from Triple-A last week and was elevated to a starting role after Jesse Chavez was sent to the bullpen.

After showing promise during a brief callup last year, Cotton’s first full rookie season isn’t exactly going as planned. He struggled on the mound early then missed most of July due to blisters on his hands. He returned to the rotation last Sunday and allowed five runs on five hits with five walks in the A’s win over the Twins. He has talent but has yet to put it together.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, August 4, 2017, 9:07 p.m. ET (Local TV)

Tyler Skaggs (Angels) vs. Paul Blackburn (Athletics)

Skaggs will return to the mound Saturday against the A’s after missing three months with a strained oblique. The left-hander only had five starts before the injury sidelined him this season. He has an ERA of 3.99 right now but also has the potential to make the Angels rotation much stronger if he can get back to top form.

Since making his major league debut with the A’s in early July, Blackburn has been decent but has struggled a bit with consistency. In six starts he is 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. In his most recent start against the Giants on Monday, the 26-year-old allowed five runs on eight hits with one walk in 6.1 innings pitched.

Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, August 6, 2017, 3:37 p.m. ET (Local TV)

Ricky Nolasco (Angels) vs. Sean Manaea (Athletics)

The Angels need Nolasco to pitch well if they are going to make a push in the wild card race. Despite his 5-12 record, the 34-year-old has had bright moments. The team just needs them to be more frequent from here on out. Nolasco has an ERA of 4.90 currently and has recorded 101 strikeouts this season.

Manaea will be eager to move on from his last performance. He allowed six runs on nine hits in just three innings against the Giants on Tuesday. The 25-year-old has still has an ERA of 3.88 on the season, but it’s been a tough stretch for him. He’s allowed 13 runs on 26 hits, including four home runs, in his last three outings. He will certainly be looking to turn things around on Sunday.

MLB Baseball Predictions, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Lines

Yankees vs. Red Sox Series Preview

By Mike Rose

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Any time the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox get it on, it’s must see TV. The drama gets even better when each team finds itself in the pennant race. That just so happens to be the case in each team’s first series of the second half with the Yankees just 3.5 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the division standings. Continue reading “MLB Baseball Predictions, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Lines”