It looks like most of the nation will enjoy clear skies for this evening’s baseball action. There are a number of big dogs on the board tonight including the Jordan Yamamoto-led Marlins and the upstart White Sox. Let’s perform a quick analysis of four of tonight’s most intriguing matchups.
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
|Chicago White Sox||+210|
Cole Hamels has been absolutely dominant for the Cubbies this year. Sugarhouse has Hamels as a -240 favorite as he is set to pitch against an up-and-down White Sox lineup. However, the Sox have the right-handed bats to put up at least a few runs against Hamels. If you abide by the law of averages, you will agree Hamels is due for a letdown.
Pick: White Sox run line +1.5
Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins (O/U 9.5)
|Boston Red Sox||-118|
Michael Pineda is returning to the form he displayed in his rookie season. Pineda’s Twins might seem unstoppable yet their luck is due to run out in the weeks ahead. David Price will take the hill for the Red Sox. Price is 4-2 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Though price allowed six earned runs in his last outing against a loaded Rangers lineup, he should bounce back tonight.
Pick: Under 9.5
Miami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals (O/U 8.5)
|St. Louis Cardinals||-230|
Sugarhouse has Jordan Yamamoto as a large underdog, partially because little is known about the Japanese pitcher. Even if Yamamoto silences the Cards’ bats, there is no guarantee he will get any run support. Jack Flaherty has allowed four earned runs in his last nine innings on the hill. However, he fanned eight batters across 5.1 frames in his last outing. This matchup will likely be decided by a few runs or less. The Marlins have a decent shot at prevailing simply because the Cardinals batters could not hit anything Yamamoto put over the plate the last time these two teams faced each other.
Pick: Marlins run line +1.5 -112
Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners (O/U 9)
|Kansas City Royals||+117|
Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi has been a hard nut for baseball gamblers to crack. As soon as you think Kikuchi is a solid bet, he will get blown up in a three or four inning outing against an average lineup. The Royals should put up at least four runs against Kikuchi. Bailey allowed zero earned runs in his last game, a 7-3 victory over the lowly Tigers. However, Bailey’s numbers across the ’19 campaign are less than impressive: a 5.37 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and a mere 61 K’s in 67 innings. This matchup will likely end up as a high-scoring affair.
Pick: Over 9