In today’s MLB betting guide, the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox enter the second game of a three-game series, with Toronto making minced meat out of them in the first encounter. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Clubs close out the month of June with a three-game series of their own to determine the worst team in the NL Central.
Boston Red Sox (+110) vs Toronto Blue Jays (-130)
If there’s one positive the Red Sox can take away from their 7-2 loss to the Blue Jays, it’s that they can bounce back from a tough loss. They did so two weeks ago when they suffered an 11-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and followed it up with a seven-game winning streak. Michael Wacha earns his 13th start of the season and has looked phenomenal in his last seven games, going 3-1 with an ERA (earned run average). He’s averaged two runs per game in his previous three starts, picking up wins in two and a no-decision result against the Seattle Mariners.
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The Blue Jays will answer with Ross Stripling, setting up a grand pitching duel. He’s 4-1 in his last seven starts, allowing just 17 hits in 25.1 innings during that span and hitting a 1.42 ERA. Allowing three runs in his previous three starts, Stripling is an excellent option for tonight’s big game. With the Blue Jays needing to find a way to pile up consecutive wins, something they’ve struggled to do this month, let’s go with them to pull out another victory thanks to some solid pitching from their bullpen.
Cincinnati Reds (+100) vs Chicago Cubs (-120)
The Reds put a terrible week behind them by defeating the San Francisco Giants twice in three games after being swept in back-to-back season series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers. With 25 wins this year, they occupy the last-place position in the NL Central. Luis Castillo will start for Cincinnati, and he’s looked better in his last seven games. Sporting an ERA of 3.27, he’s 2-3 in his previous seven starts and has struck out 42 batters in 41.1 innings during that span. It’s no surprise teams are calling about his availability nearing the trade deadline, and we expect him to have a solid outing tonight.
They may not be last, but the Cubs sit three wins ahead of the Reds for that honour and could find themselves at the bottom by the end of the month. A horrendous start to the month was slightly eased by solid performances against the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, but is it good enough? Keegan Thompson will hope to answer that in his ninth start and 17th appearance of the year. He’s 7-2 this season with a 3.10 ERA but has taken a dip lately in hits allowed and runs scored. There’s no better opportunity for him to rise to the occasion, and we expect him to carry out a victory tonight.
Odds via Bet365.
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