Autumn is here! The best baseball has yet to be played, and there are still plenty of regular season tickets to cash. Let’s jump right into it with the #BrosBettingBaseball (@bbruh916 / @abookay3) so you can BALL IN THE FALL!
1. No better way to get into the pumpkin season than the battle of the orange men. No, we’re not talking Syracuse baseball, we’re talking about the Houston Astros (-160) making that trip to the east coast to visit the Baltimore Orioles (+135). With Houston clinching the AL West, there is very little for the Astros to play for heading into the playoffs. Baltimore, on the other hand, are in the heat of a tightly contested AL Wildcard race and are currently chasing the likes of the Mariners, Rays, and current wildcard leading Blue Jays for a spot in the playoffs. Houston’s starting pitcher Jose Urquidy (3.96 ERA, 13 wins – 7 losses) and Baltimore’s rookie starter Dean Kremer (3.33 ERA , 7 wins – 5 losses) are nearly identical in ERAs and WHIP. Offensively, both teams are liable to go off with MLB Bros Yordan Alvarez (37 HRs) looking great for the Astros and Anthony Santander (27 HRs) looking to hit 30 homers for the Orioles. The man analyzing the trends, PropaganDrew, dug in deep on how well teams who have clinched playoff spots fare after punching their ticket to the postseason, and that makes our pick the home dog Baltimore Orioles Moneyline.
2. Sticking with the Orioles versus the Astros, I took a look at the over/under on total runs and discovered the pitchers’ ERAs can be a bit deceiving. In his last two games against the bottom of the division Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A’s, Urquidy has allowed 6 earned runs in his own ballpark to both of the struggling division rivals. Baltimore’s Kremer has been a bit better, allowing 3 runs on the road to the struggling Washington Nationals and followed that up by allowing 2 earned runs to the aforementioned Toronto Blue Jays. Considering the firepower both teams are packing on offense, we’re taking the Orioles/Astros Over 7.5 total runs before we leave Baltimore.
3. What’s Fall baseball without discussing the greatest rivalry in sports? The Boston Red Sox (+185) make a trip to the Bronx to face the New York Yankees (-225) and pray they don’t become the team our MLB Bro Aaron Judge breaks the AL home run record against. Boston’s lefty Rich Hill (4.7 ERA, 7 wins – 7 losses) may be feeling the pressure to avoid being on the wrong side of the record books, while Yankee’s righty Gerrit Cole (3.41 ERA, 12 wins – 7 losses) is looking to bounce back from a couple of 4 earned run games. All that considered, the Yankees have been on a tear, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. The first #BrosBestBet of the fall is the Yankees Moneyline, and if you’re feeling extra risky go ahead and punch that prop for Judge reaching 62 homers in this game as well! Later MLB Bro fam!