Our MLB consultant once again supplies us with his “Totals of the Day” daily feature. Find out his totals picks tonight in games between the Nationals/Pirates and White Sox/Indians.
Nationals (Fister) vs. Pirates (Liriano) 7:05 PM ET
Doug Fister enters today’s start in shaky form over his previous three outings. During those three starts, Fister has compiled a lofty 4.76 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. The Nationals have amassed 9 hits or less in each of their last seven games. They’ve gone 8-1 over the total this season after having 9 hits or less in each of their previous five games, and those contests averaged a combined 11.0 runs scored per outing.
Francisco Liriano hasn’t been bad at home this season with a 3.86 ERA. The veteran southpaw has just been nowhere near dominant as he’s been on the road. Liriano has made one start versus Washington this season, and it was a less than stellar performance. In that outing, he allowed 5 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work.
I like this game to play on the high side of this low total for one of my MLB picks today. I will be calling JustBet.com for this wager based on price.
MLB Pick: Play the Nationals and Pirates Under 7.0 (-115) at Bet365
White Sox (Samardzija) vs. Indians (Bauer) 7:10 PM ET
Jeff Samardzija has displayed very good form during his previous three starts, posting a superb 1.90 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and all three games went under the total. Samardzija pitched 6.0 innings of scoreless baseball in his only start versus Cleveland in 2015. The White Sox enter today averaging a terrible 2.7 runs per game, and are hitting an awful .226 as a team during their last seven outings. They’ve also lost four in a row, and are 18-6 under the total this year following two or more losses in a row.
Trevor Bauer’s ERA over his last four starts has been a bit deceiving. He’s actually pitched much better than his 4.62 ERA indicates. In those outings, Bauer has an outstanding 0.99 WHIP while compiling a better than 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Unfortunately he’s been victimized by allowing 6 home runs in 25 1/3 innings pitched during that time. However, he’ll be facing a White Sox team that’s hit just 66 homers on the season which ranks amongst the worst in baseball. Bauer has made three starts versus the White Sox in 2015, and posted an excellent 1.33 ERA.
This game has all the earmarks of a low scoring affair. As a matter of fact, all nine encounters between these clubs this season have gone under the MLB odds total. 5Dimes provides us with the best price in that regard.
MLB Pick: Play on the White Sox and Indians Under 7.5 (-115) at 5Dimes.