It looks like tonight’s baseball action will be played under fairly clear skies. Though plenty of this evening’s matchups will take place in incredibly humid environments, there is a good chance most of the games will go a full nine innings without interference from mother nature. Will the home teams prevail on a Friday night? Can Jacob deGrom silence the Braves’ bats? Let’s find out.
Atlanta Braves at New York Mets O/U 7.5
|New York Mets||-195|
We all know Jacob deGrom is one of the game’s better pitchers. Let’s assume deGrom can limit the Braves to a couple runs. The question becomes whether Mike Foltynewicz can master the Mets’ lineup. Foltynewicz has horrible numbers with an ERA over six and a WHIP just under 1.5. Foltynewicz did not walk a batter in his last three starts in May then proceeded to walk one, four and five batters in his next three starts. Control is clearly an issue for Foltynewicz.
Pick: Mets moneyline
Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins O/U 9
Vince Velasquez has shown us he can do just about everything on the baseball diamond. Though Velasquez is a pitcher, he put his fielding chops on display a few weeks back when asked to play left field. Velasquez threw out a runner at home plate while playing the outfield so you know he is a gamer. Hector Noesi will attempt to keep Philly’s lineup in check in this Friday night home matchup. Noesi is listed by Parx as a considerable dog as he has allowed two home runs and three walks in each of his three starts on the season. In other words, the Phillies have the potential to put up double digit runs this evening against one of the game’s worst pitchers.
Pick: Phillies moneyline and run line -1.5 (-110)
Boston Red Sox at San Diego Padres O/U 8
|Boston Red Sox||-124|
|San Diego Padres||+102|
Eduardo Rodriguez has put up 14 wins this season yet his stats leave much to be desired. Alternatively, Chris Paddack has eye-popping numbers yet he is only a game above .500. Paddack should be able to hold Boston’s right-handed bats in check. It must be noted Paddack has not fared well in his last three starts. Rodriguez was fairly consistent until early August when he was lit up by the Yankees and Indians. Though Rodriguez blanked the Orioles in his last start, he is likely to let in at least a few runs against a much better Padres lineup.
Pick: Padres moneyline
Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians O/U 9
|Kansas City Royals||+160|
Zach Plesac, the nephew of former big leaguer Dan Plesac, has been hit hard hist last two outings after shutting out the Rangers. Plesac did not make it to the fifth inning in his last start, a 6-5 loss against the Yankees. However, Plesac has solid numbers this season: a 3.53 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Parx has the Royals listed as heavy underdogs partially because Jakob Junis will pitch. Junis is 8-11 with an ERA around five and a 1.38 WHIP. Junis allowed six earned runs on 10 hits the last time these two teams squared off. Though Junis shut out the Indians across six frames in the prior matchup, he allowed a combined total of 10 runs in the two outings against the Indians before that one.
Pick: Over 9