In today’s MLB betting guide, the San Francisco Giants look to take advantage of the last-place Kansas City Royals, while the St. Louis Cardinals have a favourable matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
San Francisco Giants (-175) vs Kansas City Royals (+145)
The pitching matchup not only gives confidence in the Giants but so does everything else involving the two teams. The Giants have won three games in a row coming into this one as they are also 6-4 in their last 10, 17-13 at home, and seven games above .500. The Royals are in last place in the MLB with 20 wins and the only thing they’re even above average in this season is fielding percentage. The Royals also have just eight wins on the road and have lost two in a row.
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Giants’ starting pitcher Alex Wood has pitched much better than his ERA (earned run average) gives off as his FIP (fielding independent pitching) is just 3.25. He is also striking out one batter per inning through 55 innings this season. On the other side is Brady Singer who is pitching about as well as his stats indicate. He is one of the better pitchers for the lowly Royals but has limited walks very well. Take the Giants as it is very difficult to confidently take the worst team in the MLB to win and also go with the over (O8, -120).
St. Louis Cardinals (-190) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (+155)
Just like the game above, a good team meets a bottom-feeder in one of the matchups today as the Cardinals appear to have every advantage. They are 18-12 at home, while the Pirates are 11-17 on the road and the Pirates have a bad record against their own division at 9-19. The Cardinals have 10 more wins on the season and the Pirates come into this game having lost six in a row with very few runs scored and no improvement.
The Cardinals have rookie Zack Thompson starting for the first time in his career after playing just four innings at the MLB level, while Mitch Keller of the Pirates has had a tough young career. He has 4.45 FIP and nearly a 1.5 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched) this season but has only allowed five runs over his past 17 innings. His little stretch hasn’t helped the way he’s pitched overall as the Cardinals still have the favourable matchup despite the inexperience on their side. Take the Cardinals and the under in this one (U9, +100).
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