In today’s MLB betting guide, the Atlanta Braves look to start a new win streak as they visit the Chicago Cubs, while the New York Yankees seek to extend their win streak against the high-powered Toronto Blue Jays.
Chicago Cubs (+145) vs Atlanta Braves (-175)
The Braves and Cubs match up again after the Cubs ended the Braves’ 13-game win streak and also snapped their 10-game winless streak in a 1-0 game. That was a stellar display of pitching from both starters and the Cubs’ best. Today is a different story as Justin Steele is on the mound for them with a 4.33 ERA (earned run average) and a 1.46 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched). The WHIP is more concerning than the ERA considering his FIP (fielding independent pitching) is 3.21. What he lacks in the inability to keep hits and walks against to a minimum, he makes up for in home runs allowed.
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Kyle Wright is starting on the mound for the Braves and is another great option for them. He’s had a great season across the board and strikes out a ton of batters while also limiting baserunners with his 1.03 WHIP. The Braves are 17-14 on the road which is solid, but they have a big advantage considering the Cubs are 12-24 at home. The Braves will be looking to bounce back after being held to just two hits and five walks yesterday since they are the 11th-ranked team in hits per game and eighth in runs per game. Take the Braves to get on the right track and the over (O7.5, +100).
Toronto Blue Jays (-135) vs New York Yankees (+110)
The Yankees can’t seem to lose very often as they are once again on an eight-game win streak heading into the second game of their series with the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays have lost two games in a row, which hasn’t normally happened lately due to their ability to bounce back after a loss with a big performance. They are just 5-5 in their past 10 games but still hold the first wild card spot and second in the division behind the MLB’s best Yankees.
The game is lining up to be a pitcher’s duel despite the high-powered offenses of both teams as Alek Manoah is on the mound for the Blue Jays and Jameson Taillon gets the start for the Yankees. Manoah has proven to be the Blue Jays’ ace and is 8-1 on the season. His ERA is positively affected by team defense, but his numbers are stellar anyways considering he has given up just five home runs in 75.2 innings and possesses a 0.91 WHIP. Taillon on the other hand has walked an incredible seven batters in 67.2 innings this season and sits below a 3.00 ERA. He won’t strike out a ton of batters, but he too has a good WHIP of 1.05. The only way it seems either team is getting a good number of runs in is if either pitcher’s pitch count gets run up. Manoah hasn’t given up a run in the past two starts while Taillon has given up seven in nine innings. Take the Blue Jays to ride the stellar pitching of Manoah and the teams to stay under (U8.5, -115).
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