In today’s MLB betting guide, the Minnesota Twins visit the Arizona Diamondbacks after hammering them, while the Chicago White Sox look to stay hot offensively against the Houston Astros.
Arizona Diamondbacks (+100) vs Minnesota Twins (-120)
The Twins have the advantage in every area of the game as they set to play the series-deciding game against the Diamondbacks later today. Chris Archer takes the mound for the Twins as the defense has really helped him out this season. His FIP (fielding independent pitching) is 4.77 but his ERA (earned run average) is 3.35. He has given up a good number of walks but is still pitching better than he has for a few seasons now. For now, they hold first in the division, but the Cleveland Guardians are racing up behind them. A favourable opponent would help with the bats that look to stay strong.
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The Diamondbacks have just been playing average baseball against less-than-average teams. They will throw out Merrill Kelly on the mound as he looks to rebound after allowing five runs in his last outing. He started the season strong but since has been giving up runs and playing inconsistently. He won’t give up the long ball very often but his WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched) has been somewhat of a problem. Take the Twins with solid value to win this game as well as the over (O9, -115).
Houston Astros (-175) vs Chicago White Sox (+145)
This game between the Astros and the White Sox looks to be a pitching matchup as Michael Kopech gets the mound for the White Sox against Cristian Javier of the Astros. The White Sox have been much more dangerous offensively as they even put up seven against ace Justin Verlander. Kopech gives them a very good chance to win having only given up two home runs and 24 hits in 51.2 innings. His issue is he’s given up as many free passes to first (walks) as hits this season, but still owns a very good 1.92 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.
Javier has allowed seven earned runs over his past 9.2 innings pitched as the Astros have been average lately. Fortunately for them, their starter has 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings on the season to possibly slow down the hot bats of the White Sox. It has been a team effort by the White Sox and nowhere in the order has been safe. This matchup will depend on if Javier can limit the opposition, and judging by his last couple of outings, it will be a tall task. Take the White Sox as a strong underdog as well as the over (O8, -105).
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