We were a clean 2-0 with a slight underdog moneyline yesterday. Let’s see if we can duplicate that level of production. To do so, we'll have to really break down what's going on with today's MLB betting lines.
Lots of early game on this 9/11 Remembrance Day, but were going to head to the late games.
Detroit Tigers (83-62) at Chicago White Sox (58-86)
The Prince of Motown
The Tigers have to feel really good about yesterday’s 9-1 destruction of the Chicago White Sox in which Prince Fielder went 4 for 5 with a home run. Fielder has struggled for most of the season, but has come on as of late, batting an even .400 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in the month of September. With Miguel Cabrera not at 100%, the Tigers can surely use the production from the big man.
Detroit also received a fine pitching performance out of Rick Porcello, pitching a complete game and allowing just 1 run and 7 hits. With Justin Verlander struggling, Porcello’s contributions this season have been an added plus for the Tigers.
Sanchez vs. Quintana
Chicago has no hopes of measuring up to Detroit offensively, but Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.70) gives them a bit of hope as he’s been doing his job all season. Quintana left one start early against the Yankees on the 2nd of September, but if you take that out of the equation, he’s allowed 11 earned runs in his last 4 starts (28 1/3 innings). The problem is that the White Sox aren’t a high powered offensive machine like Detroit and these starts only produced one victory during that time.
This game will come down to if Quintana can keep Chicago in the game, will they produce enough runs off of Anibal Sanchez in the process?
Free Pick- Detroit -155 at Bet 365 ( I would take the runline, but Quintana warrants respect)
Milwaukee Brewers (62-81) at St. Louis Cardinals (84-60)
Controlling Their Destiny
I took the Cardinals runline yesterday and had a feeling that Shelby Miller would outshine the opposition and it came through against the betting odds. The Cardinals are trying to pull away from the Pirates and capture a title that they know so well; the National League Central Division Championship.
St. Louis has won 4 straight games and have another decent pitching matchup against the Brew Crew as Lance Lynn (13-10, 4.37) squares off against Marco Estrada (6-4, 4.49). Estrada has been good at time but a bit inconsistent. One game, he won’t allow a run and the next game, he’s good to give up at least 4 runs. The reason why the Brewers are a losing baseball squad is because their pitching is well below average.
On the Decline
Lance Lynn is a very capable pitcher, but has been on the decline as the season has progressed. He’s given up 4 runs or more in every start since August 15th. Either Lynn will need to need to get back on track or the Cardinals offense will need to come up big in this spot. A game against a weak Milwaukee squad is a game that they must win in order to stay ahead of Pittsburgh.
With hitters like Matt Holiday and Carlos Beltran in their lineup, St.Louis has the ability to outscore the Brewers even if Lynn has another poor outing.
I’m going to buy a ½ run on the total from 8 to 7.5 and take the OVER in this spot for my MLB picks.
Free Pick- St. Louis/Milwaukee OVER 7.5 -125 at Bet 365
Good luck, everyone!