With only 50 games remaining in the season, it is crunch time for MLB teams looking to secure a playoff spot. The Phillies will attempt to stay in the playoff hunt with a win against the Diamondbacks this evening. The Red Sox try will to salvage their season after recently breaking an 8-game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the best bets for this evening.
Philadelphia Phillies at Arizona Diamondbacks O/U 9
Veteran baseball gamblers are rightfully questioning whether Jason Vargas has finally figured this whole pitching thing out or if the ’19 campaign is merely an aberration. Parx has Vargas listed as a slight underdog this evening against Arizona. Zac Gallen will take the hill for the snakes. Gallen has fantastic numbers this season: a 2.72 ERA along with a 1.18 WHIP. Gallen has a nice streak going of allowing two earned runs or less across five straight starts.
Pick: Under 9
San Diego Padres at Seattle Mariners O/U 9.5
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The Pads and the Mariners are fading as the season’s home stretch unfolds. The Padres’ Joey Lucchesi is a solid pitcher, boasting a 1.18 WHIP along with 111 Ks in 117 innings pitched. The M’s Yusei Kikuchi has been up-and-down this season. Unfortunately, Kikuchi will face a red-hot Padres lineup that put up nine runs last evening.
Pick: Padres moneyline
New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles O/U 9.5
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James Paxton has not lived up to expectations in his first year with the Yankees. The southpaw has a good chance at getting the season back on track this evening when he faces the O’s. However, John Means will pitch for Baltimore. Parx has Means listed as a +210 underdog simply because he will face the hitting machine that is the Yankees lineup. However, the Yanks have more than their fair share of injured batters. This one has a good chance of going under as Paxton will likely rebound with a solid outing.
Kansas City Royals at Boston Red Sox O/U 10.5
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It is do-or-die time for the Red Sox. Thankfully, Eduardo Rodriguez will pitch this evening for the Sox. Rodriguez is 13-5 with an impressive 139 strikeouts across 135 innings. The lefty allowed four earned runs in his last outing, a 4-2 loss against the Yankees. Glenn Sparkman will pitch for the Royals. Sparkman has terrible numbers all around: 51 Ks in 88.2 innings, a 5.58 ERA and a 1.44 HIP. The righty allowed a total of 14 earned runs across his past 9.2 innings pitched. This one should go over.