In today’s MLB betting guide, the Pittsburgh Pirates look to give the New York Yankees a tough time, while the Boston Red Sox try to continue rolling against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Pittsburgh Pirates (+170) vs New York Yankees (-200)
This is a ridiculously one-sided matchup as the 58-win Yankees visit the 32-win Pirates. The Yankees are top five in the league in a ton of categories, while the Pirates are at the very bottom of the MLB in those same. On top of that, the Yankees are 6-4 in their last 10, which seems poor compared to their season, while the Pirates have won just three of their previous 10.
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As for the pitching matchup, the Pirates have Jose Quintana on the mound who is enjoying his best season in years. This has almost never been enough as he has a record of just 1-4, while the Yankees have been able to take full advantage of starting pitcher James Taillon’s great play as he holds a 9-1 record. Along with great all-around numbers, Taillon has walked just 11 batters in 84 innings. Though the batting average may not be the best in the league, you can always count on a couple of home runs by the Yankees. This may come a bit tougher for Taillon to bounce back as the Pirates have been hitting the ball well lately and he has given up nine runs in the past 10.2 innings. Take the Pirates at +1.5 run spread (+105) and the over O8.5, -120).
Boston Red Sox (-130) vs Tampa Bay Rays (+105)
The Red Sox put an end to the Rays’ little run after coming back and winning three straight games against the Toronto Blue Jays when the Red Sox shut out the Rays 4-0 in yesterday’s game. The Red Sox enter Game 2 on a five-game home win streak and two consecutive wins, while the Rays have struggled on the road with a record of 18-20. The Red Sox hold the first wild card spot, while the Rays are too far behind in the third spot.
The pitching matchup should be a good one as the consistent Nick Pivetta is on the mound for the Red Sox and Jeffrey Springs of the Rays is enjoying success in his first season as a starter. The batting on either side shouldn’t give either pitcher a tough time as neither have done well in general. The player to watch for is Isaac Paredes of the Rays who has put the offense on his back. I would give the Rays a bit of an advantage offensively but the Red Sox the clear advantage in pitching right now. Pivetta has allowed just six earned runs in his past 28 innings, while Springs is coming off a minor injury and allowed seven runs in 10.1 innings in his previous start. Take the Red Sox and under (U9, +100) in this one.
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