Now that the dust has settled after the trade deadline, let’s get to the best days of baseball, family! The chase is on for the playoffs, and we’ve got three picks to get your bankroll chunky for the postseason. 


1. The Tampa Bay Rays (-180) are looking to reclaim the top spot in the AL East, but recent news that their ace Shane McClanahan is done for the year puts a huge load on the rest of the pitching stable. Their recent addition Aaron Civale (0-1, 6.23 ERA) is looking to bounce back from a horrible debut to get the Rays back into the division leader role.


The Cleveland Guardians (+150) are also chasing the division leading Twins, but their pitching rotation has grown stronger throughout the year. Civale’s former team will march out MLBbro Xzavion Curry (3 wins – 1 loss, 2.95 ERA) hoping he can continue to his rookie year dominance over his former teammate. Although he’s facing a top 10 offensive team in the Rays, I have a feeling the Rays’ recent run of bad luck will continue against the young Melanated Mound Marauder.


X marks the spot. Cleveland Guardians ML (+150)


(David Grubb)


2. The New York Yankees (-102) have yet to catch a much-needed winning streak. Going nearly .500 in the month of August is not getting them closer to a playoff berth. Their Friday opponent Miami Marlins (-118) are also chasing a wildcard spot in their less competitive National League but continue to falter going three wins and six losses so far in August.


The Marlins should have the edge against the Yanks as their starter Jesus Luzardo (8 wins – 6 losses) will be serving cheese to every Bronx Bomber at the plate. With 155 strikeouts, Luzardo should feast on the 29th ranked batting average of the Yankees and their rookie starter Randy Vasquez (1 win – 1 loss, 1.17 ERA). Although Vasquez has a rock bottom ERA and simply filthy pitching power, his lack of run support (22nd in runs scored) will make it a tough go in South Beach.


Stanky Yankees. Marlins ML (-118).


3. The Chicago Cubs (+138) is the other team competing with the Marlins for that last wildcard spot in the NL. Standing in their way Friday is the Toronto Blue Jays (-161) and starter Jose Berrios (9 wins – 7 losses, 3.38 ERA). Cubs starter Javier Assad (1 win – 2 losses, 3.35 ERA) hopes to get the best of the Blue Jays’ top 10 ranked offense, as his own run support currently ranks fifth in the MLB. 

Bros best bet! Cubs RL +1.5 (-144)

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