It’s another great day for baseball and betting on a Wednesday. The month kicks off with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on the Chicago White Sox at home, while the Houston Astros go for the sweep against the Oakland Athletics.
Toronto Blue Jays (-140) vs Chicago White Sox (+115)
The Blue Jays have been running through opponents and seem to finally have their bats going. They’ve won six games in a row, which is a season-high for them. The Blue Jays are at home where they are a solid 15-8 as the team comes into this game with a record of 8-2 over the past 10. The team has scored 41 runs on their six-game win streak, which doesn’t bode well for any White Sox pitcher.
The White Sox have underperformed this season and are one game under .500. They have starter Michael Kopech on the mound who’s been very good for them this year, but even the team’s ace Lucas Giolito couldn’t slow down the bats of the Blue Jays. Andrew Vaughn had four hits in yesterday’s game but it still wasn’t enough. Hyun Jin Ryu starts for the Blue Jays, and even though he hasn’t had the best numbers, he’s without a loss, and the team can now back him up with run support. Take the Blue Jays to win and the over (O8.5, -105).
Oakland Athletics (+185) vs Houston Astros (-225)
In the final game of the three-game series between these teams, the Athletics have the misfortune of seeing Astros’ Justin Verlander on the mound. He has a 2.03 earned-run average (ERA) and 0.83 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched), which is very good, along with striking out just about a batter per inning this season.
The Astros took the first two games of this series and held the Athletics to just two runs, so the final game doesn’t look much better. The Athletics’ starter Cole Irvin doesn’t have a high strikeout rate but has pretty good stats himself. With the bats of Oakland pretty weak this season and a big gap between teams, the Astros are the good choice to close out the sweep in the series. Take the under (U7, -110) while also considering the run line (-1.5, -125).
Odds vis Yahoo and BetMGM.
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