Baseball fans and gamblers, rejoice! We have an evening slate chock full of baseball action. Tonight’s games are highlighted by a matchup between the blazing hot Brewers and the Pirates. The home crowd in Milwaukee will cheer their hearts out as the Brewers attempt to secure the National League’s final playoff spot. Without further adieu, here is a quick look at the best baseball gambling opportunities for this Saturday, September 21.
Philadelphia Phillies at Cleveland Indians O/U 10.5
When the year began, it appeared Jason Vargas was nothing more than a journeyman pitcher with a couple years left in his career. Vargas has been much more than an average pitcher this year. The 36-year-old is 6-8 yet he has chewed up a ton of innings for the Mets and Phillies this year. Though Vargas struggled in his last outing, things should be easier tonight for the lefty against an Indians lineup highlighted by left-handed bats. Indians pitcher Zach Plesac will take the mound against Philadelphia. Plesac has a 3.64 ERA along with a 1.20 WHIP. Though Plesac allowed six earned runs two weeks ago against the White Sox, he got back on track in his last start, an 8-0 victory against the Angels in which he tossed a complete game shutout. This game should go under FanDuel’s over/under run total of 10.5.
Pick: Under 10.5
Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers O/U 9
Milwaukee is the hottest team in baseball. The Pirates have been in a tailspin since their closer, Felipe Vazquez, was arrested earlier this week. The Brewers will likely prevail in this matchup as they have all the momentum in the world. Look for Pirates pitcher James Marvel to serve up some meatballs right down the middle of the plate. Marvel allowed seven earned runs in his last start against the sliding Cubs. Zach Davies should be his usual solid self in this weekend home game as indicated by FanDuel’s -245 Brewers moneyline.
Pick: Brewers moneyline
San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves O/U
|San Francisco Giants||+117|
If you did not know Johnny Cueto is a Giant, you are not alone. It seems like Cueto has pitched for half a dozen teams in the last few years. Cueto went five frames in each of his last starts, shutting out the Pirates and Marlins. However, the veteran righty will face a tougher lineup tonight against the Braves. Atlanta pitcher Max Fried did not make it out of the third inning in his last start, a 7-0 loss to the Nationals. Fried will have a much easier outing tonight against a light-hitting Giants squad.
Pick: Braves moneyline
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres O/U 8.5
|San Diego Padres||+110|
Luke Weaver returns to the mound after a stay on the 60-day IL. Weaver has not pitched since late May so he probably won’t have his A game. The question is whether Cal Quantrill can contain the Diamondbacks bats. Quantril has been absolutely horrible since mid-August. The 24-year-old has allowed a whopping 28 earned runs across his past four starts.
Pick: Over 8.5