Congratulations Marcus Semien !
Congratulations Marcus Semien !
We’re saying ADIOS to a rough #BrosBettingBaseball month of June, and welcoming July with some winners! The man with the stats (@abookay3) is coming in strong with all three picks this first Friday of July, after my (@bbruh916) “sleeper” picks last week came up with another 1 win 2 loss record. My MLBBro has been on a HEATER the last few days, so we ride the hot hand into dollar bill land!
1. We head to the heart of America at 3:40pm Pacific to check out the Atlanta Braves (-212) visiting the Cincinnati Reds (+180). After a weepy visit from the Dodgers big time bats and top dollar arms, the Braves are ready to feast on a much lesser opponent and the Reds are serving up prime rib in their lefty Mike Minor. Mike has been a buffet line, as he’s sitting on a fat 7.71 ERA and has thrown a measly 21 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched. Meanwhile, the Brave’s left hander Max Fried has been a famine when he takes the bump. Batters should call him “Minimum,” as he’s allowing only 2.77 earned runs on the average, and his 7 wins and 2 losses are among the league’s stingiest in giving up an L. The Reds bats are consistently ranked in the bottom half for all offensives categories, and that all factors in PropaganDrew’s pick of the Braves moneyline to start our day.
2. After a historical 16.1 innings of being NO-HIT by the Astros last weekend, the New York Yankees (pronounced Aaron Judge) finally found their way and managed a series tie against their American League foes. Heading into July the Yankees (no line posted) take on the emerging Cleveland Guardians in “The Land,” as both teams look to get a firmer hold of the top spot in their respective divisions. The Guardians slipped up against the Twins after holding 1st in the AL Central for all of two days, and are hoping Aaron Civale’s 7.2 ERA can cut it against the league leader in Runs (383) and Home Runs (126) in the Yankees. The Guardians are hoping their 10th ranked Batting Average can squeeze some offense out of Yankee’s ace Gerrit Cole. That’s much easier said than done against Cole’s 2.99 ERA, and his 4th ranked strikeout total of 111. We’re literally choosing the hot hand and taking the Yankees moneyline.
3. Let’s end our July opener on the west coast, as the budding rivalry between the leaders of the NL West takes the primetime stage. The Los Angeles Dodgers (-140) host the San Diego Padres (+140) and are looking to extend their lead with their undefeated right-hander Tony Gonsolin (1.58 ERA, 9 wins – 0 losses). The Padres look to close the 1.5 game deficit by marching out their lefty, 2018 Cy Young award winner, Blake Snell. My have the tables turned since Blake left the Rays! Snell is having quite possibly the worst year of his career, as he has yet to win in 2022 (0 wins – 5 losses) and has seen his ERA balloon to 5.60. As impressive as the Padres have been with a long list of players on the IL, the #BrosBestBet is the Dodgers moneyline to close out the night. The Bros will be throwing some of our bankroll on the -1.5 Dodgers runline and over 3.5 runs prop, too!
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!
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It must be summertime because the #BrosBettingBaseball are hotter than a camel’s foot heading into the second week of June! 3-0 last week! So nice I’ll say it THRICE! 3-0! 3-0!
Don’t call it a comeback, though, as my bro’s (@abookay3) trends and my fanatical analysis have hit on 75% of our MLBBro.com picks so far on the season. Check out PropaganDrew and I (@bbruh916) on twitter for some daily plays, and keep following @MLBBrodotcom for some of the best baseball writeups, shows, and debates from the elite black and brown sports journalists in the game. Now to the 3 plays for your Friday!
1. Let’s take a trip to Motown, as the Detroit Tiger (+170) host the Toronto Blue Jays (-200) starting at 1:10pm Eastern. The Tiger’s RHP Elvin Rodriguez hasn’t fared well this season, as he’s winless and climbing a mile high 10.13 ERA. Ouch.
Meanwhile, the Blue Bird’s righty Jose Berrios is sitting pretty with a 4 win 2 loss record on the year and nearly half the ERA at 5.24. Combine the staggering pitching matchup with the Tiger’s terrible batting stats (bottom 5 in batting average, runs, on base %, and HRs), and Toronto ML is our #BrosBestBet today. I know we’ll be sprinkling a few shekels on the -1.5 run line, too. No risk it, NO BISCUIT!
2. Now leave the trash cans at home, but bring your pocketbook to H-Town as the Houston Astros (-170) take on the Miami Marlins (+150). You’ll want to drop a few bucks on the Astros ML because of one of the MLB Bros you need to know, Yordan Alvarez! The second year DH has been hovering around a .300 BA, bashed 17 homers, and sent 38 runners home on the year. What about the pitchers? The matchup is going to be tight, as both the Marlins Pablo Lopez (2.18 ERA, 4 wins – 2 losses) and the ‘Stros Luis Garcia (3.07 ERA, 3 wins – 4 losses) have been solid, so look to the home field advantage and bats of the Astros to squeeze out the W.
3. Finally, let’s stay in Houston and hit theUNDER 8.5 Total Runs between the Astros and Tigers. As I mentioned, both pitchers are well below 4 earned runs and it should be a great duel. Look for an old school grind it out pitching matchup, and I’m forecasting a bloop and maybe a lucky bomb to end a tight, low-scoring game. Hit the sportsbook early, punch in some straight bets or a nice 3-team parlay with a round robin side bet to make sure you win all your shekels! We’ll see you next week MLBBro.com fam!