The majority of the country will have fairly clear skies while the Carolinas brace for the arrival of hurricane Dorian. The Rays are schedule to play at home this evening yet it looks like the west coast of Florida will be spared from Dorian’s wrath. There are plenty of other games on the docket to select from if you are looking to make a quick buck. Here are the best bets for this Saturday, August 31, 2019.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks O/U 8
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Clayton Kershaw was not his usual dominant self in his last outing, a loss to the Yankees. Kershaw made it through seven frames yet he allowed three long balls. The silver lining is Kershaw only allowed four hits, striking out 12 while walking none. Arizona pitcher Robbie Ray allowed two earned runs on two hits and three walks in his last outing against the Dodgers. The lefty from Brentwood, Tennessee has been solid all summer long. Tonight’s matchup bodes fairly well for Ray as the Dodgers have no shortage of left-handed power hitters. This game should be closer than Parx anticipates.
Pick: Under 8
Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies O/U 14
Tim Melville has pitched 12 innings this season allowing one earned run on a single long ball. Though Melville pitched 14 innings while with the Padres that did not go so well, the 29-year-old seems to have figured things out just in the nick of time to save his career. Joe Musgrove has had an up-and-down season, alternating between implosions and halfway decent outings. Though Musgrove’s WHIP of 1.23 is not terrible, his ERA is nearing five. The Pirates might struggle with Melville’s relatively unknown arsenal. The fact that Musgrove is right-handed does not help his chances against a Rockies lineup with more than enough left-handed power.
Pick: Rockies moneyline
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants O/U 8
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The last time Joey Lucchessi squared off against the Giants, he allowed one earned run on two hits and four walks while striking out eight batters. The Giants will send Logan Webb to the hill for his third start of the season. Webb fared well in his career debut, an 11-6 win over the Diamondbacks on August 17. However, The A’s took Webb to the woodshed in his next start, scoring four runs in less than five innings pitched. This is a difficult game to handicap as Webb’s sample size in the big leagues is limited. Lucchesi appears to be a solid pitcher. Furthermore, the Padres lineup is better than most think.
Pick: Padres moneyline
Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals O/U 9.5
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Dylan Bundy and Jorge Lopez have a combined ERA of just under 12. These 26-year-olds are averaging right around a strikeout per inning yet they are quite pathetic in nearly every other statistical category. As a result, Parx has set the over/under for their matchup at 9.5. Let’s assume both pitchers are equally bad. The Royals lineup is superior to the O’s so it makes sense to roll with Kansas City in a Saturday night affair at home.
Pick: Royals moneyline