August 6th, 2018 Betting Tips: MLB

The MLB season rolls on and the Seattle Mariners are in trouble. They are 3-7 over their past ten while the Oakland Athletics are 7-3 over the same period and because of that the Athletics now hold a 2.5 game lead on the second Wild Card. This looked to be the Mariners race to lose for much of the season and, well, they’ve lost it.

There are still some games between these two teams down the stretch and the Athletics still have some games against the Astros left to play so this one isn’t over, but this is not where you want to be. Robinson Cano coming back from suspension should help.

One race is over and that’s the American League East. The Boston Red Sox swept a four-game series against the Yankees and have locked up the AL East. The Red Sox are currently on pace for 113 wins which is just a huge number and three off the MLB record of 116. That is definitely within reach which is crazy because I’m not sure the Red Sox are even the best team in the American League.

The Astros have had some injuries this year, but when healthy they have one of the best offenses, the best bullpens and the very best rotation. It’s going to be very interesting when we get to the playoffs if these two teams meet.

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A typically short schedule for a Monday with a lot of scheduled days off and travel days. Just a couple games that are looking good here, but I think they are looking really good.

The Pirates +120 are an underdog against the Rockies today and I just don’t see it. They hit lefties well and Kyle Freeland is not a lefty that scares me. This game will be at Coors Field so that makes an pitcher’s statline shaky, but I like Joe Musgrove here.

He’s been pretty solid in his first season as a starter with the Pirates and his last two starts have been among his best as he’s went seven innings in both, only allowing three total runs. The Rockies offense has been a huge letdown this season and I like the Pirates to shut them down.

The Phillies head down to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks and while this field isn’t anywhere near Coors Field level, it’s one of the more hitter friendly parks in the game. The total on this one is set kind of low for what I see it at and I will be going with the Phillies/Diamondbacks over 8.5 runs here.

I expect most of those runs to come from the Arizona side. This has been one of the best offense in the league this season, but that won’t show up in any stat line. Why? They had an absolutely awful month of May, but every other month of the year they’ve been among the top offenses in the game. Not sure what happened there, but this team is right in the thick of things and I like them to outhit the Phillies today. Bet the Diamondbacks -132 here.

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