What a week in baseball!
From MLBbro Aaron Judge giving the ultimate side-eye on his way to a win against the Blue Jays, to the big bosses of MLBbro.com appearing on The Breakfast Club, it’s been a fun week for Black and Brown baseball. Let’s cap this week off with three winning picks, a chubbier wallet, and most importantly a bookie so deep in his feelings that he makes Eeyore look ecstatic!
ANYWHO…let’s get to these picks.
1. In a battle of second place teams, the NL West runner up Arizona Diamondbacks (-190) travel to the suddenly free-falling Pittsburgh Pirates (+160) of the NL Central. Since their meteoric start of the season, the Pirates have yet to post back-to-back wins in the month of May. It seems like that meteor has come crashing down to earth.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks have won five of their last 6 games. They will feature their ace, Zac Gallen, who has been remarkable to start the year with six wins, only one loss, a stingy 2.35 ERA, and a nasty 70 strikeouts.
Easy work. Take the Diamondbacks -1.5 RL (-110).
2. It’s been the story of second place for the city of Philadelphia. Not only did the Phillies (-135) fall short in the World Series, but the Eagles fell short in the “The Big Game,” The MLS Philadelphia Union lost in their league finale, and the 76ers couldn’t even crack the Eastern Conference Finals. The Phillies went into the offseason spending money like Rob Parker on an Air Jordan drop, but it has yet to translate to wins. At just 20-23, they are sitting at fourth in the NL East and are looking for a win to break their four-game losing streak.
They’ll be hosting the Chicago Cubs (+115), who are in an even worse slump after dropping their fifth game in a row. They’re hoping to get a stellar outing from MLBbro Marcus Stroman (2 wins – 4 losses, 3.24 ERA), who’s been hard on himself for giving up multiple-run innings in his last few starts.
This should be the Stro Show’s slumpbuster. Bro’s Best Bet, Cubs +1.5 RL (-180).
3. We’ll close up shop in Baseballtown, as the Los Angeles Dodgers (-135) travel to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals (+115). After their worst start in decades, the Red Birds are finally catching their stride winning eight of their last 10 games. “Cool story bro,” is likely how the Dodgers fans would respond, as their team has posted an identical record in their last 10 games. Both teams are finally playing up to their potential, but the key here will be the pitching battle. The Dodger’s Tony Gonsolin will be MONEY.