If tonight’s weather cooperates, we will likely see some high-scoring affairs. Take a look at this evening’s pitchers and you will be inclined to take the over in nearly every game. Without further adieu, let’s analyze tonight’s matchups to identify the best bets.
Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals (O/U 8.5)
|Kansas City Royals||+117|
Matthew Boyd has allowed three earned runs in each of his last two outings. However, he only made it through five and seven innings in those games. Homer Bailey has a 5.90 ERA. He is averaging less than a strikeout per inning. The 12-year veteran made it through six frames in his last matchup with the Tigers, allowing a mere two earned runs. Look for the Royals’ right-handed bats to put up at least four to five runs against the Tigers.
Pick: Over 8.5
New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox (O/U 9.5)
|New York Yankees||-167|
|Chicago White Sox||+148|
Ivan Nova looked like a budding superstar when he pitched for the Yankees a few years back. The gargantuan righthander suffered a couple injuries and never lived up to expectations. Nova’s numbers are some of the worst in the majors: a 6.28 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP and a pathetic 46 Ks in 71.2 innings. J.A. Happ has allowed one earned run in each of his last two outings for the Yanks. However, Happ has surrendered a home run in each of his last five outings. Happ is due for a letdown. This game should go over.
Pick: Over 9.5
San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies (O/U 11.5)
|San Diego Padres||+138|
Matt Strahm and Jon Gray. Let those two names sink in. If there is a baseball game on tonight’s slate with “over” written all over it, this is the one. Unfortunately, Sugarhouse has the over/under set at 11.5. Gray allowed three earned runs in his last matchup with San Diego. However, this evening’s affair marks the third time the Padres’ batters will see Gray’s stuff. Gamblers should tread lightly on this one.
Pick: Rockies moneyline -157
Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers (O/U 8)
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-177|
Jon Lester and Clayton Kershaw are getting up there in age yet each is still effective on the mound. Kershaw’s numbers are slightly higher than his career averages while Lester’s numbers are hovering right around where they have been across the last 13 seasons. Lester only made it through five frames the last time he faced the Dodgers. Look for Los Angeles to roll at home with their ace on the hill.
Pick: Dodgers moneyline -177