An interesting dilemma on Tuesday, to be certain – the San Francisco Giants have played seven of their last nine games over the total, while the Miami Marlins have gone 6-2-1 to the “under” over that period. Of course, these teams have both “earned it.” The Marlins have been positively anemic when it has come to scoring runs, tallying just eleven in their last seven games. Meanwhile, the Giants have scored 32 runs in their last five.
BetAnySports customers will see Ryan Vogelsong take the mound for the Giants, and his last outing was nothing but solid, as he pitched six innings of shutout ball against the San Diego Padres. San Francisco has gone 7-3 the last ten times he has been on the mound.
On the other side of things we have Mat Latos, one-time hotshot prospect who currently finds himself in the role of the sort of veteran teams will be interested in grabbing cheap by the trade deadline. Of course, the Marlins will be “sellers” rather than “buyers” because not only are they way out the race at 31-46, but Giancarlo Stanton is sidelined with a broken bone in his wrist for at least the next two weeks.
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Miami Marlins (Latos) -115
San Francisco Giants (Vogelsong) +105
Over 7.5 runs -115
Under 7.5 runs -105
Stanton didn’t get hit by a pitch; his wrist injury just sort of happened, and this was probably worse news for Major League Baseball than it is for the Marlins, who don’t have any post-season hopes to damage. But Stanton, who has hit most of the tape-measure home runs we have seen this season, is not going to be available for the All-Star Game or the Home Run Derby, and that is going to leave a void.
The Giants are not without their injuries either. Nori Aoki, who leads the team in batting average, is on the DL with a leg injury, and Hunter Pence is still sitting with a wrist problem.
Customers who follow the “fortunes” of the Marlins know that there is some good news coming this week with the return of pitcher Jose Fernandez, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery. But they can no longer, in the words of manager Dan Jennings, “sit back and wait for the three-run homer” that came often enough from Stanton that he was leading the NL in both round-trippers and runs batted in.
So the question becomes whether this game can get over the posted number of 7.5 runs, and whether it is going to have to do so under the steam of the Giants’ bats exclusively. Vogelsong has allowed a total of ten base runners and one earned run in 14 innings over his last two starts against Miami, but those were both at AT&T Park. On the road, he has a 4.89 ERA. Latos has pitched 34-1/3 innings at Marlins Park and has a 7.60 ERA. That’s no way to “showcase” himself for a possible trade to a contender.
Throughout the early part of the season, as the New York Mets called up pitcher Noah Syndergaard from Triple-A Las Vegas, there was talk of a wellspring of talent just waiting to take the mound at Citi Field. Of course, Matt Harvey was the rookie sensation from two years ago, with Jacob DeGrom serving as last year’s phenom. Both of those guys have continue their success into the 2015 season with your MLB betting baseball picks. Syndergaard has had his ups and downs, but no one doubts that he has big-league stuff. However, there was also a lot of buzz about another budding pitching sensation, as Steven Matz was mowing down hitters at the minor league level. Matz finally got to make his major league debut on Sunday, and to put it quite simply, he amazed both GTBets Sportsbook customers and those at the ballpark.
The truly remarkable thing about it was that most of those who witnessed it would have a hard time telling you whether they thought he made more of an impact with his arm or his bat.
Not only did Matz allow only five hits and two runs through 7 2/3 innings, he also took matters into his own hands when it came to offense. He collected three hits himself and drove in four runs, and that was not only impressive, it was actually record-breaking.
So now there is a whole new level of excitement in the Big Apple, as the Mets continue to do battle in the National League East.
St. Louis Cardinals +325
Washington Nationals +365
Los Angeles Dodgers +375
San Francisco Giants +750
Pittsburgh Pirates +930
Chicago Cubs +950
NEW YORK METS +1000
San Diego Padres +2000
The great young pitching is going to be a cornerstone for whatever the Mets do in the future, and it is becoming clear that they can get a lot done in the present as well. Matz, a native of Long Island, is 24 years old, so they did not rush him to the big leagues, and for a moment it looked like he was going to have a very inauspicious debut, as Philadelphia’s Brandon Phillips hit a home run off him to lead off the game. But from there, it was pretty smooth sailing. It is hard to tell whether New York woke up with its offense, as the Mets had scored two runs or less in nine of their previous 10 games. That’s because Matz provided the bulk of the power.
Matz set a franchise record for the most RBIs from anyone in his major-league debut (and remember that the team has existed since 1962). Also, it was determined that over the last century, only eleven players in the major leagues had three base hits and four runs batted in during their first major-league game.
This really shouldn’t be considered a fluke, as Matz was batting .304 at Las Vegas, and it certainly won’t hurt at all if he can help his own cause more often than not. He had a full day, throwing 110 pitches, 72 of them for strikes, before manager Terry Collins took him out of the game. He got a well-deserved standing ovation, and now the Mets find themselves with an embarrassment of riches in terms of young talent on the mound. We mentioned the others, and let’s not forget that Zach Wheeler is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery and will join this quartet into the future.
The Cincinnati Reds have been one of the worst road teams in the major leagues this season and that is obviously something that has held them back in the National League Central race. On Thursday they will be going after a second straight win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in MLB betting action that starts at 7:05 PM ET.
The Reds beat the Pirates on Wednesday, scoring five times off ace Gerrit Cole, which matched the number of earned runs Cole had given up in his previous six starts. Cincinnati has still lost four out of its last five road games, and the Reds’ road record is now 12-23. But a loss at home is not common for the Bucs, who are 22-11 at PNC.
Cincinnati is far back in the NL Central race, 13.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals, and they are also six games out of the second wild card spot. There is a lot of talk about players being on the trading block, including pitcher Johnny Cueto, who has been experiencing elbow problems and had his next start set back from this Tuesday until tomorrow night, as he will face the New York Mets.
MLB Consensus Betting Picks
Pittsburgh Pirates (Burnett) -156
Cincinnati Reds (DeSclafani) +146
Over 7.5 runs -115/Under 7.5 runs -105
The Pirates have one of their outstanding pitchers taking the mound on Thursday, as veteran AJ Burnett gets the assignment. Burnett (6-3, 2.05 ERA) is off a rough outing, as he gave up a career-high fourteen hits against the Washington Nationals in a 4-1 loss. Interestingly enough, Pittsburgh hurlers have now surrendered 60 hits over the last five games.
The Reds have hit just .238 on the road, and if they continue that, they’ll have a hard time with Burnett, who has compiled a 1.27 ERA at home (tied for the best in the major leagues) along with a 4-to-1 ratio of strikeouts to walks. But BetAnySports patrons who have checked the box scores know that the Pirates have not offered much assistance to him lately, scoring just one run for him in his last three starts.
Cincinnati goes with Anthony DeSclafani (5-5, 3.48 ERA), who has held the opposition to a .189 batting average in his road starts. He did suffer a loss to the Miami Marlins, his former team, on Saturday, but that is the first time in a six-start period that he has lost. Cincy needs to get some better work out of its bullpen, as they have a 4.24 ERA and 1.47 WHIP ratio on the road. They’ll be closer to full strength on Thursday, in all likelihood, as fireballer Aroldis Chapman, who has been on “paternity leave” since Monday, is expected back in time to be available.
The summer air of June is slowly kicking in as we look forward to Corey Kluber taking the mound for the Cleveland Indians. Kluber will look to build on some of his recent success as they face off against the Tampa Bay Rays in game 2 of the series in Cleveland in MLB picks.
These two teams enter this matchup in different spots currently as the Indians were a favorite in the American League Central while the Rays were put near the bottom of the American League East. It hasn’t quite shaped up like the as the Rays enter the weekend at 38-30 in first place in their division while the Indians are 31-34 and in fourth place in the central division.
That being said the Indians should be in a good spot to pick up a win on Saturday as they send their ace Corey Kluber to the mound. While his 3-8 record doesn’t look good on paper we also recommend don’t letting it fool you. Kluber has been good in his last four outings allowing just eight runs but the Indians offense has combined to score just five runs.
Kluber will be making his second start of the season against an American League East team after taking the loss back on May 2nd against the Toronto Blue Jays. In that contest, Kluber allowed four earned runs over five innings of work. For the Rays they will counter him with Erasmo Ramirez who is 6-2 with an 4.45 earned run average.
Now before you look at his earned run average we recommend looking at his last four outings. In those four outings, Ramirez is 4-0 with only three earned runs allowed over 23.1 innings of work. Since entering the Rays rotation on May 14th, Ramirez has allowed more than three runs in just one outing.
The second game we are looking forward to watching on Saturday is the Texas Rangers taking on the White Sox in Chicago. This features one of the better pitching matchups as Nick Martinez will take the mound against rookie Carlos Rodon. Martinez is putting together a brilliant season for the Rangers going 5-2 with a 2.76 earned run average in 13 starts this season.
Rodon on the other hand was called up on April 21st but spent his first few outings coming out of the bullpen. Since that point, Rodon has made eight starts allowing two or fewer runs in six of those outings. One of those outings came back on June 4th against the Rangers as he went six innings allowing just one run but the White Sox would fall to the Rangers 2-1.
This will be just the second meeting between these clubs this season as the Rangers took two of three. In the series two of the games reached double digits while the second game ended with the teams combining for three runs.
For us these are just two of the great games from around the diamond on Saturday.
The weekend has arrived as we all look to cash in on some Major League Baseball action. If your like us you can’t wait for Fridays to arrive as the weekend gets underway as well as a full 15 game schedule taking place around the Majors opening up a wide variety of possibilities to bet on.
As we start to flip through the lineup of games the list of games we like includes the Los Angeles Lakers traveling to take on the Oakland A’s while the Baltimore Orioles travel to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. These two games are complete opposites as the A’s/Angels contest should be a low scoring game built around some solid starting pitching while the O’s/Blue Jays game could be a high scoring affair.
Starting with the first game the A’s will send the Majors top earned run pitcher to the mound in Sonny Gray while the Angels will counter with Matt Shoemaker. Gray is putting together one of the best pitching performances of any starter this season as he has an 8-3 record to go with the leagues best earned run average at 1.60 through his 14 starts. This will mark the fourth time this season he has faced off against the Angels.
In his previous three outings, Gray has allowed just three earned runs over 22.2 innings while striking out 22 hitters. Shoemaker on the other hand hasn’t faired as well pitching to a 4-5 record with a 4.85 earned run average. This will be his fourth start of the season against the Angels going 0-2 with 11 earned runs allowed.
Looking at the trends in this matchup it all starts with the A’s who are 4-1 in Grays last four starts while winning four of their last five games overall. The Angels on the other hand are just 1-4 in Shoemakers last five starts against the American League West division. While the over/under at seven is a difficult one to pick even with a big run total giving up by Shoemaker.
Flipping over to the second game between the O’s and Blue Jays we are expecting some fireworks to be shooting off in that contest. These two teams hit more home runs than nearly every other team in Major League Baseball. That includes an Orioles team that just broke their team record with eight home runs just a few nights ago.
Were looking at this game more for an over/under contest than a team pick. The line currently sits at 9.5 as we enter Friday after staying the same after opening. Now that being said the under is 6-2 over the last eight meetings between these two teams at the Rogers Centre.
This will be the fourth series meeting between these two clubs this season with the second coming at the Rogers Centre. In the first series in Toronto the two clubs topped the 9.5 mark twice in two of three while topping it in three of six games at Camden Yards.
Each of these games should make for a good Friday Night.
The fans of Major League Baseball will have their eyes glued to the television sets on Wednesday as the Detroit Tigers face off against the Cincinnati Reds. While this game looks to provide us with some big time production at the plate. Many will have their eyes on this contest more so for the pitching matchup that is slated in MLB baseball picks.
The Tigers will send out their left handed ace David Price while the Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto. These two starters are some of the best in the game but only one will be able to come out on top when the final out is recorded on Wednesday Night.
As we get started taking a look at each of these starters we will begin with Price for the Tigers. The Tigers starter is 6-2 on the season with a 2.44 earned run average to go with 82 strikeouts. Price has looked like the ace we remember in Tampa Bay as well as a starter who is looking to earn a long term contract this winter.
Price will be coming off of his best start of the season on Friday as he pitched a complete game shutout against the Cleveland Indians. The Indians offense managed to pickup just seven hits while striking out eight hitters. The Tigers ace has ran off back to back wins to bring his record to 6-2 on the season. As we look at the Tigers success with Price on the mound the team has won eight of his previous ten starts.
Meanwhile, Cueto is coming off a little bit of a shaky start on Friday as he allowed four runs in seven innings against the Chicago Cubs. Fortunate for Reds fans, the team was able to put out the win while Cueto avoided the loss. Over his last five starts the Reds are 3-2 but are 3-0 in his last three starts at home. In those three games, Cueto has allowed just five earned runs over 22 innings.
Now while the pitchers look to put together another brilliant start they each will have their hands full. The Tigers lineup includes Miguel Cabrera who is putting together another big season while the Reds lineup will feature Todd Frazier who has 20 home runs as well as Joey Votto.
With all that said the question is which of these teams have the upper advantage entering Wednesdays contest. That is where the trends will come in with the first piece leaning towards the Tigers. The Tigers are 5-1 over their last six meetings that these two teams have faced off.
Along with that the Tigers are 6-2 over their last eight games and 4-1 in their last five interleague road games. On the flip side the Tigers are just 2-5 in their last seven road games while the Reds have won their last four games at home.
In the end this should be a very interesting matchup between two of the games best starting pitchers!
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