Baseball has never been better. We just might set a record for runs this season. Though pitchers dislike the offensive outburst, hitters could not be happier with the way the ball is bouncing off the bat. Most of tonight’s contests will likely be high-scoring, partially as some of the game’s weaker pitches will take to the hill.
Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox O/U 8.5
|Chicago White Sox||-108|
Tanner Roark appears to have regained his form after joining the A’s. Though the White Sox have a couple potent bats that could cause Roark trouble, the saving grace will likely be the fact that Reynaldo Lopez will take the hill for the White Sox. Lopez has a 5.41 ERA along with a 1.48 WHIP. Lopez has settled down of late, allowing a mere nine earned runs across his last five outings after letting up six earned runs against Detroit. In other words, Lopez is due to regress to his mean. This regression just might happen tonight. Take the A’s moneyline as set by Parx at -113.
Pick: Athletics moneyline
Texas Rangers at Milwaukee Brewers O/U 10
The Rangers and Brewers are in the thick of the playoff races in the AL and NL, respectively. The fact that Adrian Houser is pitching in mid-august is a troubling sign for the Brewers yet they still might win this game. After all, Rangers’ pitcher Pedro Payano only made it through 4.1 innings in his last outing against the dismal Tigers. Do not be deceived by the fact that Payano has an ERA under three. He will likely struggle against Milwaukee on a Saturday night at Miller Park.
Pick: Brewers moneyline
Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals O/U 9
|St. Louis Cardinals||-180|
Adam Wainwright is still capable of striking out batters yet he is clearly not the same pitcher he used to be prior to his litany of injuries. The Pirates’ Joe Musgrove has not had an impressive season either. Musgrove has an ERA hovering around five and is averaging less than a strikeout per inning. Both pitchers will likely struggle in this contest, sending the run total over 9 runs.
Pick: Over 9
Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners O/U 8.5
|Tampa Bay Rays||-220|
The Mariners’ free-fall is likely to continue this evening against the Rays. Tommy Milone, a 32-year-old lefty from Saugus, CA will pitch for Seattle. Milone rarely pitches beyond the fifth inning. However, the lefty has held his past two opponents to two earned runs each. Though Milone has been solid of late, keeping the Rays’ lineup in check is no small task. Furthermore, Charlie Morton should prove dominant against a Mariners lineup without the recently suspended Tim Beckham.
Pick: Rays moneyline and under 8.5