The last couple days we have seen some of the best pitchers in the game, today not so much. Thus, thought we would spice up things looking at series and MLB odds for Game 1’s of various flavors.
We will look into a first rate series and the pitching matchup for sports picks, compare pitchers from a couple of hot clubs in the American League and see what sportsbooks think about a couple of cellar dwellers in the National League.
Giants vs. Dodgers: Giants and Dodgers Could be Historical
San Francisco has won seven of nine games this season against Los Angeles, which is why they remain in the race in the NL West. The last three were in San Fran, which the Giants swept and held the Dodgers scoreless in all three contests.
The Giants Chris Heston (6-5, 3.76 ERA) will make his first start in this contentious rivalry and he could help both teams tie or break records with seven or more shutout innings. Los Angeles has not scored in 31 innings against San Francisco and the team record against an opponent is 38, which happened back when they were in Brooklyn 78 years ago. The Giants franchise record is also 38 innings of holding one team scoreless and that also occurred back when they were in New York and that was against Philadelphia over two seasons (1917-18).
Heston proved he’s capable with a no-hitter two starts ago and the right-hander has shown resolve with a 1.93 ERA and four wins after he’s conceded more than one earned run in his last outing.
Mike Bolsinger (4-1, 2.25) looked like just another arm last season with Arizona, has shown well in Dodger Blue, but his ERA has been steadily rising over his part three starts.
L.A. is 26-11 at Dodger Stadium (+7.6 units) this season, with both victories over San Francisco coming at home and the betting odds have them as -155 favorites (-151 at Heritagesports.eu at last look), where Bolsinger has sterling 1.01 ERA and is 4-0.
Advantage – Bolsinger and Los Angeles
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Orioles vs. Blue Jays: Battle of Birds Could Depend on Pedestrian Starting Pitchers
Both Baltimore and Toronto have been playing extremely well as they get ready to knock heads in this AL East battle. Both have moved within a few games of front-running Tampa Bay, with Toronto 13-2 in their last 15 contests and they are after their ninth consecutive home victory, which was last accomplished in 1998.
The Orioles have been nearly as good in winning nine of 11 and will utilize Mike Wright (2-2, 4.13) for his sixth start of the year. Baseball handicappers are on high alert with this 25-year old righty who after a good start has an 8.36 ERA in his last three starts.
Toronto is a -130 home favorite with Marco Estrada (4-3, 4.24), who has won three straight starts for the first time in his career, but realistically is a No. 5 starter on a team that has the best offense in baseball the third-worst ERA in the AL at 4.13. With the Blue Jays offense averaging 5.8 runs per game at home and the O’s 4-13 in road night games this season, Toronto appears to be the right choice for our MLB pick.
Advantage – Estrada and Toronto
Brewers vs. Rockies: Something Has to Give with Brewers and Rockies
Milwaukee and Colorado are last in their respective divisions and glad interleague play has ended for the time being since neither team has a victory this week.
The Brewers will start Taylor Jungmann (1-1, 2.25), who was tossed into the rotation with the injury to Wily Peralta. Jungmann might only be 25, but he’s lost velocity from his college days on his fastball and his curveball and changeup are sketchy from each usage. He will face a Rockies lineup that averages 5.1 RPG at Coors Field, yet is only 13-20 (-8) at home because the pitching is scary bad at 5.8 runs allowed.
Jorge De La Rosa (4-2, 4.91) was a mess to start the season and he still owns a 6.99 ERA at home, but he calmed down his temperament which was issue early and has a 2.71 ERA in his past three starts, which includes home wins over the Cardinals and Dodgers.
Colorado and De La Rosa are -142 favorites, but slam on the breaks because the Rockies ace has a 7.92 ERA against Milwaukee in six tries, bailed by the offense which has led to 4-2 record. With De La Rosa 30-10 as a home favorite of -125 to -175 in his career (Rockies Record), we will stick with the home team.
Advantage – De La Rosa and Colorado