In today’s MLB betting guide, the Arizona Diamondbacks look to bounce back against the Pittsburgh Pirates, while we have a last place National League matchup between the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals.
Pittsburgh Pirates (+115) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (-140)
The Pirates and the Diamondbacks are set to play in the third game of their three-game series after splitting the first two games. Both have been tight with the Pirates taking yesterday’s game with a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Diamondbacks are much better than anyone thought heading into this season and they will be looking to bounce back and keep pace in the wild card race.
The Diamondbacks have the upper hand due to their ace getting the mound today in Zac Gallen who has just a 2.33 (ERA) earned run average and 0.91 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched). On the Pirates’ side, Zach Thompson has had a below-average season and it bodes well for a number of Arizona batters who can pull their batting average and on-base percentage up over .200 over the past couple of weeks. Gallen is without a recorded loss this season and always gives the Diamondbacks a chance to win when he’s pitching. Take them to win and the teams to stay under (U7.5, +100).
Cincinnati Reds (-175) vs Washington Nationals (+145)
It is the battle of the two last-place teams in the National League when the Reds welcome the Nationals. The Nationals have won Games 2 and 3 of the four-game series as they are set to play the series finale. Every game has gone over as pitching isn’t either team’s strong suit. Today shouldn’t be much different as Nationals’ starter Patrick Corbin hasn’t had a good season, which is magnified by the 1-8 record.
The Reds’ pitcher on the mound is Luis Castillo who has played just half the season but provided the team with decent pitching. He doesn’t allow a ton of runners on base, which should be able to cool the bats of a couple of Nationals in Nelson Cruz and Josh Bell. The Reds are rightfully the favourite in this one, so take them and the over (O9, -115).
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