With only a handful of games on the baseball schedule for this afternoon and evening, gamblers and fans will have to choose wisely. The Diamondbacks are hanging in the NL playoff race yet they will face Dodgers’ ace Hyun-Jin Ryu later today. The Giants and Phillies will attempt to gain ground in their quest for the postseason when Jake Arrieta takes on a surprisingly hot Giants lineup. Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the likely outcomes of these games.
Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres O/U 8.5
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Dinelson Lamet nearly pitched a no-hitter the last time he was on the mound. Things will not be as easy this time around when the Padres face the Rockies. German Marquez has a 4.82 ERA along with a 1.21 WHIP and 154 Ks across 155 innings. Marquez allowed five earned runs in his last start. Furthermore, Marquez allowed seven earned runs in his last matchup with the Padres.
Pick: Padres moneyline and over 8.5
Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers O/U 8
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Mike Leake will attempt to keep the Dodgers bats in check this evening when the Dodgers face the Diamondbacks. Leake has flashed some signs of his old pitching dominance this season yet he is likely to struggle against one of the game’s better lineups later today. Hyun-Jin Ryu has a minuscule 1.53 ERA along with a 0.94 WHIP and 11 wins. However, the lefty has not pitched since July 31. If Ryu is a bit rusty, the snakes could pull this one out.
Pick: Arizona run line +1.5
Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals O/U 9
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Tonight’s matchup between the Pirates and Cardinals features two of the game’ lesser-known pitchers in Steven Brault and Miles Mikolas. Brault has an ERA over four and a lowly 59 strikeouts across 66 innings. The lefty has held opponents to three runs or less in the bulk of his starts yet he rarely makes it beyond the fifth inning. Miles Mikolas has decent numbers: a sub-4 ERA along with a 1.22 WHIP. Mikolas dominated the Pirates the last time these two teams squared off, pitching a complete game shutout.
Pick: Under 9
Philadelphia Phillies at San Francisco Giants O/U 9
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Jake Arrieta is supposedly dealing with an elbow issue yet Parx has him listed right around even money this evening when the Phillies take on the Giants. The Giants’ Conner Menez has not fared well in his 11 innings pitched this season. Across two starts, Menez has allowed seven earned runs including four long balls.
Pick: Phillies moneyline