In today’s MLB betting guide, the Milwaukee Brewers hope to change their fortunes against the Toronto Blue Jays with a complete flip in pitching, while the Baltimore Orioles look to stay hot against the struggling Chicago White Sox.
Milwaukee Brewers (-160) vs Toronto Blue Jays (+135)
The Blue Jays have lost the series opener in two consecutive series before hammering the Brewers. Unfortunately for them, the Brewers will have a much better starter in Corbin Burnes on the mound in this one. The Blue Jays have been a little below average of late, only winning four of their last six games, but they do take a two-game win streak into the second game of the series. The Brewers have just as many wins as the Blue Jays and are about as good at home as the Blue Jays are on the road. The pitching matchup should sway the outcome of this game.
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The starters really create a mismatch in this game so that even if the Blue Jays’ batters do well, there is a higher chance of losing. Toronto’s Yusei Kikuchi has been below average and inconsistent this season, and right now, he is on a cold stretch facing a team with very hot bats. The Blue Jays’ starter has given up three or more runs in each of his past four outings, not going more than 4.2 innings into the game. He’s also given up seven home runs in those four games and issues far too many walks, all things the Brewers will thrive on tonight. As for Burnes, he remains one of the best in the MLB and is coming off a start in which he allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings. Though the bats of the Blue Jays are very solid, it won’t be enough to counter Kikuchi’s pitching against a strong team even if they would be a nice underdog. Take the Brewers and over (O8, -115).
Chicago White Sox (-190) vs Baltimore Orioles (+155)
The White Sox are looking to break their three-game home losing streak as they face the Orioles for the third of four games in their series. The Orioles have completely shut down the White Sox and only allowed the banged up squad to score one run in two games. White Sox’s starting pitcher Lance Lynn hasn’t gotten off to a favourable start after three very good seasons and has allowed 14 hits, six runs, and two home runs in just 9.1 innings thus far. Things are expected to turn around quickly, but he faces a surprisingly strong top of the order in Baltimore that has been doing damage.
The Orioles’ win streak extends one game longer than the start of the series with the White Sox and they are 7-3 over the past 10 games, giving top teams like the Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays a tough time. Orioles’ starter Spenser Watkins has not pitched well this season and owns a 6.00 ERA (earned run average). His WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched) is also very high at 1.71 and he averages 4.2 strikeouts per nine innings, which is very low. He will try to go even 0.1 innings this outing after not being able to in his previous one. If there was a game where the White Sox’s bats were going to get hot, it would be this one. Regardless, neither starter will go very deep into the game, so we’ll see lots of the bullpen. Let’s go with the underdog in the Orioles until either team shows us otherwise. Also, jump on the over (O9, -120) due to how the starters have pitched this season and the Orioles’ bats.
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