In today’s MLB betting guide, the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks go head-to-head as the two teams try to climb out of the basement of the NL West and into the win column. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves are in a similar spot within their divisions, attempting to climb out of the second seed and into the top spot.
Colorado Rockies (-140) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (+120)
Closing out last week with back-to-back wins against the Diamondbacks, the Rockies felt good about themselves until disaster struck. Three consecutive losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers brought them back to reality, stumping any momentum they built at the turn of the new month. Austin Gomber will take the mound in hopes of picking up his second straight win against Arizona. Gomber was pelted for six hits and four runs but got the offense he needed in an 11-7 slugfest. He’ll need that once more with an alarming ERA (earned run average) of 10.67 in his last seven starts.
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The Diamondbacks have picked up a bit of a groove of late, taking down the San Francisco Giants in two of three games, scoring 19 runs in the process. Their defense failed to hold up in the final game of the series, but overall their batting order showed signs of life. Dallas Keuchel earns his 11th start of the year and is searching for his first win in his previous four appearances. Like Gomber, he fell victim to the crack of the bat, allowing six runs off six hits in five innings. Keuchel dropped to an 8.27 ERA and is 2-6 this year. The Rockies look good to take down the Diamondbacks for the third time this month, so take them to blaze through this week’s three-game series.
St. Louis Cardinals (+180) vs Atlanta Braves (-220)
The month of July started in disaster for the Cardinals as they earned just one win in six games, and they’ve held scoreless in two losses. They’ll aim to avoid the series sweep tonight against the Braves, but scoring four runs in three games doesn’t inspire much confidence. Matthew Liberatore gets his sixth start of the year and has shown signs of swagger sandwiched in between below-average pitching. While he was outstanding against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-inning scoreless effort, Liberatore was bombarded by the Philadelphia Phillies’ offense, allowing five runs off seven hits in just two innings.
On the other side of the fence, the Braves are making a phenomenal effort at catching up to the New York Mets for the NL East lead. Winners of five of the last six, Atlanta has allowed just nine runs to start the month and is getting some of the best pitching they’ve seen all season. Spencer Strider hopes to continue that trend and is in a solid position to help the Braves inch closer to the top of their division. He’s allowed only six hits and one run in his last 12 innings pitched, and his ERA improved to 2.87 on the year. The Braves are heavy favourites to continue their hot streak, and it would be wise to stick with them against a struggling Cardinals team.
Odds via Bet365.
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