In today’s MLB betting guide, the Atlanta Braves look to hold the last-place Cincinnati Reds down, while the Boston Red Sox look to even the series against the Chicago Cubs.
Cincinnati Reds (+150) vs Atlanta Braves (-185)
The Braves have a very large advantage in this one but the odds are kind to us. The Reds are last in the MLB with 26 wins, are 12-24 at home, have a record of 3-7 in their past 10 games, and have lost three in a row. No signs point to them playing well or having any sort of a chance against the Braves while they are coming off of a 9-1 win yesterday vs the Reds.
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Spencer Strider takes the mound for the Braves as he has pitched very well this season and has assumed a role in the starting rotation where he’s been lights out in all but one start. He is a strikeout machine and has only given up three home runs in 53.2 innings pitched this season. As for the Reds’ starter Tyler Mahle, he has given up seven runs and 6 hits over the past 12.2 innings after a three-hit, complete game. Mahle has been nothing if not unpredictable and inconsistent, but on any night could throw a very good game. The Braves’ offense doesn’t make it easy, especially with Ronald Acuna Jr. back in the lineup, so I would still go with the favourites in the Braves and the under (U9, -115).
Chicago Cubs (+120) vs Boston Red Sox (-145)
The Red Sox have even better odds to win their game against another bottom feeder in the Cubs after what the Red Sox have been able to do lately. They are 7-3, have 12 more wins on the season than the Cubs, but lost yesterday’s game to the Cubs 6-5. Chicago has won three in a row but are just 6-4 in their past 10 and 16-26 at home. The Red Sox are by far the better team with the better pitching in this one.
Fill-in starter for the Cubs, Alec Mills gets the mound to lead things off for them as he’s struggled greatly this season. Across his past three appearances he’s given up 15 earned runs in 8.1 innings (five each) and struck out just three. With an ERA (earned run average) of 9.87, the only thing he’s got going for him is allowing just three walks in 17.1 innings. The Red Sox have rookie Josh Winckowski on the mound as he’s started his career nicely for the team. He’s given up just four runs in the past 17 innings and only has one bad outing this season, his first. The Red Sox are the much better team with the large gap in pitching. Take them and the over (O10, +105).
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