In today’s MLB betting guide, the Philadelphia Phillies look to stay hot against last place in the NL Washington Nationals, while the Colorado Rockies look to bounce back from a series sweep when they host the San Diego Padres.
Washington Nationals (+180) vs Philadelphia Phillies (-225) – Game 1
This is the furthest thing from a pitching matchup in today’s game between the Nationals and the Phillies as Nationals’ Joan Adon is having a rookie season to forget. He is 1-10 in 12 starts and has an ERA (earned run average) of 6.95. Of course, the defense hasn’t helped, but his FIP (fielding independent pitching) is also very high at 5.63. He has also given up a terrible 35 walks in 55.2 innings, making it much too easy for opponents to get a free pass to first base. The Phillies improved to 12-2 in June after a stomping of the Nationals in Game 1 of their series yesterday.
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On the other side is Ranger Suarez starting for the Phillies who has pitched a little below average but has been able to get the run support from the fourth-best offense in baseball to hold an acceptable record. The Nationals batter should be able to get on base against him as they have the fifth-ranked batting average in MLB, they’ve just had major problems getting those runs in. The Phillies have won two in a row and are 8-2 in their last 10, while the Nationals have lost five in a row and are 2-8 in their last 10. With the pitcher in Adon on the mound for the Nationals, it almost seems like a lock to bet Phillies and over (O10.5, -120).
Colorado Rockies (+135) vs San Diego Padres (-160)
Both teams come into this matchup on opposite streaks. The Padres have won four in a row and are 8-2 in their previous 10 games, while the Rockies were swept by the Cleveland Guardians, losing three in a row and are 4-6 in their past 10 games. The Padres also happen to be the third-best team in MLB with 41 wins and are a stellar 24-11 on the road.
The Rockies may be ranked first in the league in hits per game, but Padres’ starter MacKenzie Gore has done well in his rookie season to keep baserunners down. He has 1.19 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched) and just a 2.50 ERA. He also strikes out batters at a high rate while giving up just one home run in 50.1 innings. Kyle Freeland is on the mound for the Rockies and is having another mediocre season. It is tougher to pitch in Colorado his entire career, but he has done an alright job keeping the home runs low. However, he does allow a lot of hits which the high-powered offense of the Padres will surely take advantage of. The over/under is set very high, so it would be the best move to take the under (U12, -105) as well as San Diego.
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