In today’s MLB betting guide, the Atlanta Braves look to complete a sweep of their series against the Philadelphia Phillies, while the New York Yankees try to extend their win streak to five against a strong Houston Astros team.
Philadelphia Phillies (-155) vs Atlanta Braves (+125)
Yesterday’s game separated the teams in the standings even more as the Phillies continue to slide. They have now lost two in a row and six of their past 10 games, while the Braves have won the first two games of this series and seven of 10. The Braves are still without key players but that hasn’t hurt them a whole lot, while the Phillies aren’t without their significant injuries as well.
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Though the pitching matchup may be in favor of the Phillies with Aaron Nola on the mound, it still begs the question of if any batter behind Kyle Schwarber can do damage offensively. The Braves, on the other hand, have been getting contributions all throughout their lineup and will need it to get to Nola as he’s pitched very well recently. Ian Anderson of the Braves will be looking for another bounce-back performance as in two of his past three games he’s gone just four innings and given up four earned runs in each. The other—6.2 shutout innings, allowing just three hits. I’m banking on a better start behind a hot lineup and the Braves to win but the teams to still stay under (U8.5, -115).
Houston Astros (+105) vs New York Yankees (-125)
This is a very heavy-hitting game as two very good starters take the mound for the teams. Along with that, the Astros are going to have a very tough time containing the bats of the Yankees as they just set the record for the most home runs in the month of June led by Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo, and Giancarlo Stanton who have combined for 15 home runs over the past 14 days. Astros batting as a whole has left something to be desired as they are ranked 18th in runs per game even though they have been above average as of late.
The Yankees have won four consecutive games and seven of the past 10, while the Astros have won two in a row and also seven of the past 10 games. Both Luis Garcia for the Astros and Luis Severino of the Yankees have given up their fair share of home runs, but overall, Severino has been the more consistent and better pitcher. Garcia has given up nine earned runs in the past 15.1 innings, while Severino hasn’t done much better, allowing nine runs in his last 17 innings pitched. With the strength of the bats on either side and the struggles of both pitchers on the mound, the over (O8, -105) is a good play while you have to continue betting on the Yankees much more often than not by how dominant they’ve been.
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