Angels (Richards) vs. Rangers (Holland)
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Things are even crazier in the AL Wild Card race now, as Tampa Bay and Cleveland are tied with 90-70 records and Texas right behind at 89-71. The Rangers have won five games in a row heading into this afternoon's matchup.
Derek Holland hasn't enjoyed the best of months in September, but he looked mighty good five days ago against Houston, pitching a complete-game shutout in which he gave up six hits and struck out nine.
He's opposed by Garrett Richards, who's 3-4 with a 3.93 ERA in 23 total appearances on the road this season. The MLB odds show the Angels as +150 underdogs, while the Rangers are listed at -160 to get the victory.
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The Rays finally saw their lengthy losing streak come to an end, but they're still in the top spots alongside the Indians. Obviously they can't afford to take their foot off the gas whatsoever, with the Rangers playing great baseball and only one game behind.
We will have J.A. Happ and Chris Archer pitching. Happ is about as inconsistent as they come and comes in with a 1-5 record and 4.32 ERA at home. He's also been tagged for 10 hits and six runs in 6.2 IP against Tampa Bay in 2013.
Archer has been solid wherever he's pitching, posting a 3.46 ERA on the road. In two starts (14 total innings) against Toronto this season, he's given up only two earned runs, while holding Blue Jays hitters to a combined batting average of .180. As we expected, Tampa Bay comes in as -160 chalk for our MLB picks today.
Rockies (Nicasio) vs. Dodgers (Greinke)
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After winning big last night, the Dodgers will try to do so once again tonight with Zack Greinke set to start. Sportsbooks have L.A. as a very heavy favorite at -230, with the Rockies available at +205.
The Dodgers are being careful with their starters right now as they prepare for what they hope is a lengthy playoff run. Zack Greinke only pitched five innings his last time out and could very well be on a leash again tonight. Still, this is a guy that's 7-1 with a 1.87 ERA since the All-Star Break, so it's hard to fade those kind of numbers.
That's especially true with L.A. up against Juan Nicasio, who's surrendered 15 earned runs over five innings in his last two starts. His ERA has skyrocketed from 4.58 to 5.32 in the process.[gameodds]3/244981/?r-1=19-43-349-192/us[/gameodds]