In today’s MLB betting guide, the Pittsburgh Pirates look to snap their current four-game losing skid when they visit the Washington Nationals for the second time in as many days. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees welcome the Oakland Athletic in game two of three in their mini-series after crushing them 9-5 last night.
Pittsburgh Pirates (+100) vs Washington Nationals (-120)
Currently sitting third in the NL Central, the Pirates find themselves in no man’s land. A four-game losing streak places them 12 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers, a team they’ll face to close out the month. José Quintana will take to the mound, and he’ll need to be better if he wants to help his team secure a victory. He’s 0-3 in his last seven games and has allowed 17 hits in his last three. His ERA (earned run average) took a big hit during that span, reaching 5.18 and dropping his overall score to 3.60.
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The Nationals were able to string consecutive wins together for the fourth time this month, but they remain in the basement of the NL East, 20 games behind the New York Mets. Patrick Corbin earns his 15th start of the season and is 3-4 in his last seven, but he’s allowing too many hits. With 58 balls he threw making contact in his previous 35 innings, his ERA has plummeted to 6.60 on the season. While the Nationals have a decent offense, their bullpen will likely be exposed tonight, so take the Pirates to pull out a win and snap out of their current funk.
Oakland Athletics (+170) vs New York Yankees (-200)
Oakland has dropped five of their last seven games, but it sure doesn’t help to finish off the month by playing against the Yankees three times. Frankie Montas gets the assignment tonight and will do his best to keep the best offense in MLB at bay for as long as he can. It may not be long before the right-handed pitcher exits Oakland with the trade deadline nearing, and he’s been rather hot as of late. He’s pitching a 2.66 ERA in his last seven games, an improvement on his season score, and he’s striking out a batter an inning on average. Don’t count on him to pull out a win tonight, but do take the over on strikeouts for the 29-year-old pitcher (O5.5, -160).
The Yankees were on a mission last night, cruising to a big win after splitting a four-game series against the Houston Astros last week. They remain the best team in the league and the only one to reach 50-plus wins on the year, and tonight should be as easy as the last game. JP Sears makes his fourth appearance and just his second start of the year, but he’s 2-0 and hasn’t allowed a run yet. He’s remained nearly perfect in seven innings pitched, allowing just five hits and striking out seven. The Athletics don’t stand much of a chance, and even less so against a dominant pitcher, so take the Yankees to carry out a second consecutive win against the last-place team in the AL West.
Odds via Bet365.
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