Baseball gamblers will have to wager carefully on tonight’s action as several teams are still debating who will take the mound for their Friday night matchup. The night’s most intriguing pitching duel will take place in Milwaukee. Chris Archer and Jhoulys Chacin have the potential to pitch shutouts or completely implode. Let’s take a look at what is most likely to transpire in this evening’s matchups.
Cleveland Indians at Baltimore Orioles (O/U 9)
The Indians’ Mike Clevinger has been an absolute beast on the hill this year. However, Sugarhouse has Clevinger’s Indians as moderate favorites against the Orioles. The line is currently at -167 as this is a Friday night tilt at home for the O’s. Furthermore, John Means has pitched quite well for Baltimore. The lefty should be able to hold the Indians to four runs or less. The question is whether Baltimore’s bullpen will keep the Indians’ batters in check.
Pick: Under 9
Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins (O/U 8)
Vince Velasquez is better than his numbers indicate. The right-hander from Montclair, CA has a 4.40 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP and a 2-4 record. However, Velasquez went five full frames in his last outing against the Marlins, allowing merely one hit and walking none. Elieser Hernandez is averaging a strikeout per inning yet his ERA is 4.34. The Phillies’ talented lineup is quite familiar with Hernandez’s repertoire as these two teams faced off less than a week ago. Savvy bettor will consider rolling the dice on Velasquez and the Phillies. Do not overthink this one. Philly is the superior team by a significant margin.
Pick: Phillies moneyline -143
Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers (O/U 10.5)
As noted above, Chris Archer and Jhoulys Chacin are two of baseball’s most intriguing pitchers. These enigmas looked like they had the potential to become dominant major league pitchers in their early years yet both have regressed to the mean. Chacin is due for an outing that extends beyond 4 and 2/3 innings. Archer bounced back nicely against the Padres in his last start after flaming out against Miami and Atlanta. However, this is a Friday night affair against an underrated Brewers squad that just called up its top prospect, second baseman Keston Hiura.
Pick: Brewers moneyline -152
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants (O/U 7.5)
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Alex Young and the Diamondbacks shocked the baseball gambling world last night by soundly beating the Giants. Tonight’s matchup might be a different story. Merrill Kelly, a righty from Arizona State, will take the hill for the Snakes. Kelly’s numbers are not exactly spectacular yet he held the Giants to two earned runs in the last go’round. Shaun Anderson has held his opponents to three runs or less in each of his last five starts. However, the Diamondbacks’ bats are hot. Sugarhouse has this matchup’s over/under set a little too low.
Pick: Over 7.5