Yuck. One word to describe our last two weeks of picks. 2 total wins and 4 total losses in the last two #BrosBettingBaseball (@bbruh916 / @abookay3) just doesn’t sit right, so I’ve been digging in the stats and looking for hidden gems to get our MLB Bros back in the green this last Friday of June. Things took a turn, but we’ll get you straight! Short intro because I’m going to do less talkin’ and more walkin’ as I throw you my 3 picks of teams also looking to get back off the shh-nnnniiide:
1. The first stop in our redemption campaign takes us to South Beach at 3:40pm Pacific, where the Miami Marlins (-115) welcome the suddenly struggling New York Mets (-105) who are actually a dog against the Florida Fish who are trying to climb out of 4th place in the NL East. The Mets were riding brooms in Houston, as they were swept in their 2-game series. They bring out one of our MLB Bros you need to know, Taijuan Walker (2.88 ERA, RHP), who has been lights out for the team from Queens.
The Marlins have their own ace on the bump, as Sandy Alcantara (1.72 ERA, RHP) has been one of the few bright spots on this squad outside of the shining star Jazz Chisholm (14 HRs, 45 RBIs) when he’s not steeped in drama. I’m keeping the faith in Tai and the Mets top ranked offense (1st in batting average, runs, hits, and on base %) to get past the Marlins, and we’re going with the Mets Moneyline as the Bros Best Bet.
2. Let’s ride the wave…in The Land? You heard that right! The Cleveland Guardians (-105) have pulled themselves out of the gutter and are currently sitting alone in 1st in the AL Central. If you haven’t been watching, they’ve pulled off some stunning comebacks (sorry Twins) in the month of June and their bats have been swinging harder than a 5.0 Mustang at an Oakland sideshow!
Leading the way for the Guardians is Jose Ramirez, who is boasting a .302 ERA, knocked in 62(!) RBIs, and sent 16 HRs to the rafters. Will their resurgence be enough to stop the also hot Boston Red Sox (-115) and their righty Nick Pivetta (3.31 ERA, 7 wins – 5 losses)? We’re banking on Cleveland’s Cal Quantrill (3.77 ERA, 4 wins – 4 losses) to keep the big bats in Boston quiet enough to pull off another win. Take the Guardians Moneyline, as we keep walking the underdogs all over the block on Friday.
3. Let’s stay in middle America and hit up the Southside of the Chi, as the Chicago White Sox (-155) host the Baltimore Orioles (+135). I’m not counting on any comebacks from either starting pitcher, as the Oriole’s righty Kyle Bradish (7.38 ERA, 1 win – 4 losses) and White Sox’s righty Michael Kopech (2.38 ERA, 2 wins – 3 losses) are far from any Cy Young nods this year.
Both pitchers are averaging about 1 strikeout per inning, while both offenses have enjoyed some recent outbursts with a combined 9.2 Runs averaged in their last 5 games. Pound the OVER 8.5 total Runs between the Orioles and White Sox, and let’s hit a triple on this last Friday of June!