In today’s MLB betting guide, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to build off their strong performance against the Cincinnati Reds, while the Chicago Cubs look to break their slump against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cincinnati Reds (+145) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (-175)
This is very good value for a team that has 18 more wins than the other. The Dodgers are just 5-5 in their past 10 games but are 21-13 on the road against a bottom-feeder Reds team that is 12-21 at home, 3-7 in their last 10, and have lost five in a row. Yes, the Reds have a good pitcher on the mound in Luis Castillo, but he has also given up three earned runs in two of the past three games and walked more batters than he would’ve liked.
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The Dodgers don’t have a slouch on the mound as Tyler Anderson is their starting pitcher. He has a record of 8-0 and given up more than one run once in his past five starts. In his previous start, he pitched the deepest into a game this season and tied the most strikeouts he had in a game this season as well. The Dodgers absolutely dominate the Reds in every facet of offensive production and are coming off a game where they stomped them 8-2. Take the Dodgers and under (U9, -110).
Pittsburgh Pirates (-110) vs Chicago Cubs (-110)
This game is a pick’em but you should be considering the Cubs to break their slump in a perfect game to do so. They have a strong starter, Keegan Thompson, on the mound who recently just bounced back after two horrible starts. He has generally done well all around on a team that doesn’t give their pitchers a ton of run support each game. It may have been a larger problem if Thompson didn’t go six scoreless innings and struck out nine batters in his last outing before heading into this game. But the Cubs should be given a good chance at snapping their three-game losing streak and beating the Pirates who are weak at home (12-22).
The Pirates have played better recently and cleaned the floor with the Cubs in their first two games by scores of 12-1 and 7-1. Before that, though, the team went 1-11, and behind Bryan Reynolds and rookies Oneil Cruz and Jack Suwinski, the offense has struggled to get on base. The Cubs are getting Jerad Eickhoff in his first start of the season, and since his debut in 2015, he has only gone downhill. He is the perfect candidate for the Cubs to bounce back from two big losses. Take the Cubs and the under (U9, -105).
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