The baseball season is down to about a month and a half of action. Though the season is winding down, plenty of teams still have hope for the playoffs. Tonight’s slate of games presents a number of opportunities for teams in the playoff hunt as well as those looking to make money gambling on baseball. Below, we take a look at what is likely to transpire at diamonds across America on this Thursday, August 8, 2019.
Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins O/U 8.5
Dallas Keuchel has not lived up to expectations in Atlanta. Perhaps Keuchel was rusty from sitting out the first half of the season. The oddsmakers at Parx have Keuchel as a considerable favorite for this evening’s matchup with the Marlins in Miami. The fish will send Elieser Hernandez to the hill. Hernandez has struggled of late. The righty from Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela allowed five earned runs in his last start, an 8-6 loss to the Rays. The Braves should win this one with ease.
Pick: Braves moneyline
Chicago Cubs (Cole Hamels -136) at Cincinnati Reds (Alex Wood +112) O/U 9.5
Cole Hamels will go up against a Reds lineup with considerable left-handed power. The fact that Hamels is a lefty bodes well for his chances to pull out yet another victory. The question is whether Hamels is worth the risk as a -136 favorite as listed by Parx. The Reds’ Alex Wood has been solid in his first two starts of the season. Wood has allowed a total of four earned runs in 11 innings. However, the lefty will face some of the game’s best hitters this evening when he tosses against the Cubs. It will come as no surprise if Wood finally serves up a dud. The law of averages states he is due for a setback.
Pick: Cubs moneyline
Philadelphia Phillies at San Francisco Giants O/U 7.5
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Madison Bumgarner and the Giants are on a roll. However, Bumgarner will have to pitch against the Phillies’ powerful bats this evening. Bumgarner was rocked in his last two outings. It is clear Bumgarner struggles against the game’s elite lineups while racking up the wins against the league’s basement dwellers. Aaron Nola has held opponents to four runs or less in nine of his last ten starts. Nola has an incredible 163 Ks across 142.1 innings pitched this season.
Pick: Phillies moneyline
Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres O/U 8
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Jon Gray and Eric Lauer are not exactly household names yet the two are emerging as above average MLB pitchers. Gray typically allowsaround two runs or lets up 5+ runs. Though Gray is inconsistent, the same can be said about most of the game’s young pitchers. Eric Lauer is the Padres’ pitcher for tonight’s matchup with the Rockies. Lauer has had two straight solid outings against the Dodgers and Giants. However, Lauer will go up against a potent Rockies lineup that can put up a crooked number any given evening. However, the Rockies’ bats have been fairly cool of late.
Pick: Under 8