A 2-0 record last night as the Rangers/Athletics game was rained out.
We took the Royals over the Indians as a slight underdog yesterday. The Indians offense has just been a mess without Francisco Lindor early and that continued yesterday as they managed just two hits against Homer Bailey. The Royals offense scraped together a couple of wins and got the win here. Jose Ramirez ended up playing here, but he’s probably not 100% as he’s hitting just .135 on the season with two RBIs. That’s the Indians thus far in a nutshell.
Our other pick was the Washington Nationals who got a fine pitching performance from Anibal Sanchez, but were still down 2-1 in the seventh. A two-run homerun from Howie Kendrick changed all that and the Nationals bullpen was able to hold on for the win.
I was hoping to have these tips up a couple of hours ago, but the internet in my area was down since last night. Very frustrating when you need to pull data for the day’s starters. It’s up now and I have a few picks on the day’s games.
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Note: All tips based on the starters mentioned at the time of this writing. If there is a late switch or the starter is wrong, please consider the tip null and void.
Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers Betting Tips:
The system likes an over here again, but not quite as much as yesterday. The Rangers haven’t been quite as good against lefties this year and there is a big difference between Brett Anderson and Marco Estrada. Anderson posted a 4.48 ERA/4.17 FIP last season and is very good at getting hitters to hit groundballs. In a hitter friendly park like this, that is key.
Same pitcher for the Rangers today that was supposed to go yesterday in Adrian Sampson. Just not a fan of this guy at all and I think he’ll let up some homeruns here. He’s a journeyman pitcher for a reason and I don’t see him doing much to stop this Athletics offense.
While the over is appealing, I have to go with just the Athletics to win here.
Bet Athletics -138
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds Betting Tips:
I just can’t in good conscience not tip this game. The Reds offense has just a .623 OPS against righties on the season and Miles Mikolas is a righty! Mikolas has had his share of struggles early, but he’s faced some tough offenses in Milwaukee and Los Angeles. This should be a match-up where he can get the ERA down a bit.
Anthony DeSclafani posted a 4.93 ERA/4.83 FIP last season and 1.88 HR/9. This Cards offense has some boppers and they’ve been playing well of late. The total on this one is set pretty high and I have to think that’s mostly Cards based. I am just not buying the Reds offense right now.
Bet Cardinals -115
New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Tips:
This is my first chance to place a bet on Jacob deGrom this season and I am very excited to do so. Last year he won the Cy Young with a 1.70 ERA/1.99 FIP and 11+ K/9. He was an absolute beast and he’s mostly picked up where he left off in this young season. The Braves offense has played well early, but his strikeout numbers should take a lot of the oomph out of that lineup.
Julio Teheran is a pitcher that I’m not very high on. He posted a 3.94 ERA/4.83 FIP last season which is fine. He had a really low BABIP last season which has come back early. In his last start, he allowed six runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. This Braves offense has a lot of good lefty mashers and I just see this going badly for them. Throw in the shaky bullpen and I’m all over the Mets here.
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