The last week ended with some quite surprising outcomes, while Monday brings a few great matchups to watch including the clash between two best teams in the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees.
Elsewhere, the Minnesota Twins host the Boston Red Sox, while the Philadelphia Phillies visit the Washington Nationals, but all these battles are pretty unpredictable. Hereof, we’ll take a closer look at three games where the favorites should satisfy the odds.
The St. Louis Cardinals (36-34) welcome the Miami Marlins (25-44) in the opening clash of a four-game set at Busch Stadium, and the hosts are listed as -200 (1.50) favorites. The Cardinals six of their last nine games at home and four of their last five encounters with the Marlins who lost eight of their previous ten outings.
Miles Mikolas will get the ball for the Cardinals, and the right-hander is 2-1 in his four starts against Miami, while he’s 4-7 this term with a 4.83 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. On the other side, Elieser Hernandez will take the mound for Miami, and he already lost to the Cardinals in his previous start this season. The right-hander recorded two wins and eight losses in his career with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
The Los Angeles Dodgers (48-24) will look for their ninth victory in the last ten showings at home when they welcome the San Francisco Giants (30-39) in the opening contest of a four-game series in LA. Also, the Dodgers won 11 of their last 17 meetings with San Francisco and 12 of their last 18 head-to-head duels at Dodger Stadium.
Kenta Maeda will get the ball for the Dodgers, while the Giants will counter with Tyler Beede. Maeda is 7-3 in 13 starts this term, recording a 3.89 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Beede is 0-2 in four starts this term with an 8.06 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP, while he’s still winless in six starts and two relief appearances in the MLB. Therefore, the Dodgers seem like a sure shot at -245 (1.40) odds.
The Baltimore Orioles take on the Oakland Athletics in the first of a three-game series in California. The Athletics won three of their four encounters with the Orioles this season, and the over has hit on all these four occasions. The over is 4-0-1 in Baltimore’s last five games overall, and it is 6-3 in Oakland’s last nine outings at home.
The Orioles will start Andrew Cashner, while the A’s will counter with Mike Fiers. Cashner has a 4.73 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP this season, and the over has hit in eight of his previous 11 starts. Fiers recorded a 4.63 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP, and seven of his last 11 starts were ended in the over. Considering the starting pitchers, I expect to see another high-scoring affair, so I’m backing the over at +100 (2.00) odds at a 9-run line.