Two Best MLB Friday Totals Come in NL Central Division Rivalry Games

Ross Benjamin

Friday, September 4, 2015 6:11 PM GMT

We’re going to share our top two MLB totals on Friday’s card. Read our insightful betting preview article which covers totals for Brewers vs. Reds & Pirates vs. St Louis.

Brewers (Garza) vs. Reds (Sampson) 7:10 PM ET
It shows me the lack of pitching depth in the Milwaukee Brewers organization when Matt Garza continues to be part of their starting rotation. Garza has posted a terrible 5.83 ERA in twenty-six starts this season. He’s been absolutely brutal in his previous three starts, evidenced by a gargantuan 12.82 ERA and 2.55 WHIP. The Brewers veteran right-hander has made one start at Cincinnati this year, and it was an appearance he’d rather fact. Garza allowed 7 earned runs on 11 hits in just 3 2/3 innings pitched during a 12-9 loss to the Reds. The Brewers have been productive offensively of late, averaging 5.4 runs per game over their previous nine contests.

Keyvius Sampson has encountered similar struggles as his pitching adversary today. Sampson has posted a horrible 11.45 ERA and 2.82 WHIP during his last three starts. He’s made one start versus Milwaukee this year, and allowed 5 earned runs on 7 hits while walking 2 in 3 2/3 innings. The Reds enter today averaging 7.4 runs per game over their previous five contests.

I like this game to play on the high side of the total. One of my MLB picks on Friday will support that prediction. Pinnacle offers us the best MLB betting value pertaining to this wager.

 

MLB Pick: Brewers & Reds over 9.0 (+100) at Pinnacle

 

Pirates (Happ) vs. Cardinals (Martinez) 8:15 PM ET
The Pirates J.A. Happ has displayed excellent form during his previous four starts, posting a microscopic 0.78 ERA during that time, and all four games went under the total. Pittsburgh is averaging just 3.1 runs per game and has a poor .227 team batting average during its last seven outings.

Carlos Martinez has allowed 2 earned runs or less in twelve of his previous sixteen starts. The Cardinals have gone 42-21 (66.7%) under the total at Busch Stadium this season.

Besides both starting pitchers performing well, these teams possess two of the finest bullpen staffs in baseball. I like this one to be a low scoring contest.

 

MLB Pick: Pirates & Cardinals under 7.5 (-115) at 5Dimes