In today’s MLB betting guide, the Baltimore Orioles look to extend their win streak to 10 when they visit the Chicago Cubs, while the Tampa Bay Rays look for some separation in the standing vs the Boston Red Sox.
Chicago Cubs (-125) vs Baltimore Orioles (+105)
The glaring stat surrounding this game is that the Orioles have won nine games in a row, while the Cubs have lost five in a row. The oddsmakers continue to think the Orioles will end their streak but continue to win. It has been a complete team effort offensively and they haven’t stood out in that regard. They are just finding ways to win games whereas the Cubs have not only lost five in a row, but they’ve lost seven of their last 10 as well.
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The pitching matchup is fairly similar this evening as Orioles’ Spenser Watkins and Cubs’ Justin Steele have very similar ERAs (earned run average) and have both played well over their past couple of starts coming in. Watkins has allowed two earned runs in his past three starts (17.2 innings) but doesn’t strike out a ton, while Steele is coming in with two earned runs allowed in his past two starts (11.2 innings) with 15 strikeouts. We have to go with the Orioles because of recent play by both teams as a whole and the under (U8, -105) since both starters are riding the hot hand.
Tampa Bay Rays (-175) vs Boston Red Sox (+145)
Tampa Bay has won both of the first two games of this series against the Red Sox and should be able to take the final game and sweep them considering they have one of the most dynamic pitchers on the mound who is a game-changer. Shane McClanahan has just a 1.73 ERA, 0.81 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched), and 141 strikeouts in 104.1 innings. He is the best pitcher in the American League thus far, not allowing more than two earned runs and going less than six innings in a start since April 30 (12 starts). It has happened just once this season and he allowed three runs against.
The Red Sox get Josh Winckowski on the mound today after his previous start where he allowed six earned runs, two home runs, and five walks in five innings. That was just his second bad start of the season, but he has also only pitched 31 innings in the MLB in his career, all coming this season. The Red Sox have fallen behind the Rays in the standings after their consecutive losses, and it won’t be easy at all for them tonight. Take the Rays if for nothing else but McClanahan and the under (U7, -115).
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