With about two weeks left in the regular season, every game carries significant weight for teams still in the playoff race. However, even the squads no longer mathematically alive for the playoffs are worth analyzing as there is still plenty of money for gamblers to make. Below, we delve into the action on the diamond for this Friday, September 13.
Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets O/U 7.5
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-132|
|New York Mets||+110|
The art of pitching will be on display tonight in the Big Apple when Clayton Kershaw and Noah Syndergaard throw. Kershaw has not matched his career averages in terms of ERA and WHIP yet he has struck out 171 batters in less than 160 innings pitched. Noah Syndergaard and the Mets are no longer blazing hot. However, this is a Friday night home contest for a team struggling to stay alive so it should be a fairly close game. The fact that Syndergaard has been hit hard, allowing a combined total of 13 earned runs across his past three starts does not bode well for the Mets in tonight’s matchup against some of the game’s best left-handed hitters.
Pick: Dodgers moneyline -132
Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers O/U 11
Parx’s over/under run total of 11 seems a bit odd for this game. After all, Chris Bassitt has emerged as a solid MLB pitcher. Let’s assume Bassitt and Oakland’s bullpen can keep the Rangers to four runs or less. The question now becomes whether the Rangers can hold the Athletics to seven runs or less. Rangers pitcher Brock Burke has a 3.52 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. However, Burke allowed six earned runs on three long balls in his last outing against the pathetic Orioles. Though Burke might not have a long career as a big league pitcher, he should be able to contain the Athletics lineup in this Friday night home matchup.
Pick: Under 11
Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals O/U 8.5
|Kansas City Royals||+325|
Parx has the Astros listed as one of the largest favorites in the history of baseball. Though Gerritt Cole is superb, the Royals have enough solid hitters to put up at least a few runs. Danny Duffy has the stuff to keep the Astros bats in check. There is fantastic value with the Royals +1.5 run line.
Pick: Royals run line +1.5 +180
Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels O/U 8
|Tampa Bay Rays||-141|
|Los Angeles Angels||+116|
At first glance, favoring the Rays at -141 seems like a mistake on behalf of Parx. Tampa Bay is clearly the better team. However, there is always the potential for the Angels lineup to explode for 10+ runs, especially in a Friday night home game. Let’s assume Charlie Morton keeps the Angels to four runs or less. Andrew Heaney has allowed four earned runs in each of his last two starts. However, the Rays lineup is not exactly the most intimidating in the majors. The Angels should keep this one close.
Pick: Angels run line +1.5 -148