In today’s MLB betting guide, the New York Mets and Houston Astros meet for the second time in two days after the Astros earned a blowout 2-1 victory. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays will look to avoid a three-game series sweep against the Chicago White Sox as they hold on to the second spot in the AL East.
New York Mets (+115) vs Houston Astros (-135)
The Mets batting had a rare off-day in yesterday’s match against the Astros, but they’ve been consistent with bouncing back after a tough loss. They’re the top team in the league for scoring runs, and they’ll be swinging for the fences to get some redemption. Carlos Carrasco will start the game for the Mets, and he’s remained clutch this season for New York. In 13 starts, he’s 8-2 with an ERA (earned run average) of 3.96. He’s allowing a high volume of hits, with 20 runs scored against him on 47 connections, but he’s also struck out 42 batters in his last 38 innings.
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The Astros will be without Yordan Alvarez for at least a few days, as the star hitter suffered a hand injury in his last appearance. Luis Garcia will respond for Houston, starting in his 13th match of the season. He has 69 strikeouts in 66 innings pitched this year, but he’s dropped to a 2-4 record in his last seven games. They play well enough defensively to mask Garcia’s average of two runs per game, remaining a top-five team for the least amount of runs allowed on the year. The Astros sit atop the AL West, 10 games ahead of the Texas Rangers.
Toronto Blue Jays (-120) vs Chicago White Sox (+100)
The Blue Jays hope for a better result today when they finish up a three-game series against the White Sox. They’ve dropped the last two games, albeit by one run each time, and are seeing their grip loosening on the second spot in the AL East. With the Boston Red Sox just a half-game back, Toronto will go to Ross Stripling to avoid the sweep. He’s 3-1 in his last seven appearances, averaging two hits against per game while allowing an impressive four runs. Stripling has won two of his previous three games, with his only loss coming at the hands of the New York Yankees.
Lucas Giolito will take the mound for Chicago as the team attempts to sweep the Toronto, reversing the fate they suffered earlier in the month. Giolito is 3-2 in his last seven starts, struggling to a 5.59 ERA and allowing 24 runs on 47 hits. The team around him has seen better days, and they’ll need a better defensive effort if they hope to squeak out another close win against a hungry Toronto club.
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