In today’s MLB betting guide, the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds play the rubber match of their three-game series after splitting the first two games. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Angels continue to search for their first win of July during their second game in a back-to-back against the Miami Marlins.
New York Mets (-160) vs Cincinnati Reds (+140)
After putting up seven runs on Monday, the Mets failed to register a run in Tuesday’s rematch and saw their two-game winning streak come to an end. They still have a hold of first in the NL East, but the Atlanta Braves are quickly gaining ground and pose a threat to their position. David Peterson gets the start for New York and brings an impressive streak of late with two wins and a no-decision in his last three starts. During that span, he’s allowed 15 hits in 18.1 innings and struck out 25.
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The Reds’ shutout victory on Monday was their first clean sheet since June 6, when they dropped seven runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks. They remain at the bottom of the NL Central with one of the worst records in the league, allowing the second-most runs with 440. Looking to change that pace is Graham Ashcraft, who earns his ninth start of the season. He was brilliant in eight innings against the San Francisco Giants, allowing just two runs, but was blown out of the water by the Chicago Cubs in his next game. Take the Mets to win the three-game series and earn some much-needed momentum before their battle against the Miami Marlins.
Los Angeles Angels (-160) vs Miami Marlins (+140)
After winning three of four games to end the month of June, the Angels welcomed the new month with four consecutive losses and have slipped into fourth in the AL West. While they tightened up defensively in their last two outings, the offense has mustered up just five runs during their current losing streak. On the mound, ace Shohei Ohtani will start for the 14th time, and he’s looked brilliant in his previous three outings. In 19.2 innings, he’s allowed just 10 hits and no runs, striking out a whopping 30 batters.
Hoping to match that intensity is Trevor Rogers, who is 4-6 on the year and holds a 5.56 ERA (earned run average). He allowed only one run in five innings during his last game, and the Marlins as a team have been rolling on all cylinders. With some solid offense that has wreaked havoc in five straight to start the month and a bullpen to close games out, the Marlins are suddenly three games back from a wild-card spot. While Ohtani’s presence alone is troublesome for their undefeated month, the Marlins are still a good gamble for a win tonight. Consider them and shoot for the under (U.7.0, +100) for a decent-sized return.
Odds via Bet365.
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