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The NL Central is in full effect as the Chicago Cubs (-120) go to Cincinnati to battle the Reds (+100). Since being called up to The Show, Cubs’ rookie pitcher Jordan Wicks has served up some solid numbers (1 win – 0 losses, 1.8 ERA) and could be a problem for his rival starter Graham Ashcroft (7 wins – 8 losses, 4.73 ERA) of the Reds. The offense also leans on the Cubs’ side (6th in runs scored), so it could be another missed postseason for the Big Red Machine.
Chitown for the win. Cubs ML (-120)
The Tampa Bay Rays (-178) look to get back on track in the amazing AL East against the wildcard hopeful Cleveland Guardians (+150). The Rays’ are bringing out the big gun in their starter Tyler Glasnow (7 wins – 4 losses, 3.12 ERA). He should have a solid outing against the Guardians who are currently 26th in runs scored.
Bros’ best bet! Rays RL -1.5(+100).
Has anyone seen the Texas Rangers (-155)? They need to find themselves fast, as the suddenly surging Minnesota Twins (+130) come into Arlington to try to keep their top spot in the AL Central. With the wily veteran Max Scherzer (3 wins – 1 loss, 2.64 ERA) on the mound and the elite MLBbro Marcus Semien (.275 average, 20 HRs, 81 RBIs) swinging his bat, Texas should get a quality win against a possible playoff foe.
Now that the dust has settled after the trade deadline, let’s get to the best days of baseball, MLBbro.com 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)
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.
Last Friday of July, so let’s cap it off on a high note, MLBbro.com fam! If you tuned in last week, we hit the triple play and walked into the weekend a perfect 3-0. Today we’re hoping to score bigger than the head honcho @RobParkermlbro at the upcoming NABJ convention honoring our boss.
ANYWHO…let’s get to the picks!
Luis Arraez has been cookin’ for the Miami Marlins (-150). Nevermind the Marlins’ post all star break slump, their third year second baseman has maintained his hot streak at the plate, and his batting average is still well above .300 and nearly touching .400 (currently .376).
The Detroit Tigers (+130) are hoping to cool Arraez off, and hope that starter Reese Olson (1 win – 4 losses, 4.53 ERA) can finally land his second win of the year. I have a feeling that win won’t happen when they visit South Beach, as the Tiger’s offense is ranked in the bottom five in all offensive categories.
Bros Best Bet. Marlins ML (-150)
2. The AL (B)East is in full effect, as the New York Yankees (-125) are road favorites against the division leading Baltimore Orioles (+105). “How Sway?” One reason and one reason only, the Yankee’s premiere ace, Gerritt Cole (9 wins – 2 losses, 2.78 ERA). Cole has proven to be the one consistent on a team of inconsistency, and he’s hoping his 144 strikeout count climbs against the Orioles who are ranked ninth in both runs scored and slugging percentage. Sidenote:
Could we see the return of MLBbro Aaron Judge?
No Judge. No Contest. Orioles RL +1.5(-150).
3. Somebody finally woke up the Philadelphia Phillies (-165) to get things going in their 2023 campaign. The Phillies have won three of their last four, and their starter Zack Wheeler (7 wins – 5 losses, 3.88 ERA) has yet to lose this month.
The same can be said about the PIttsburgh Pirates’ (+140) starter Mitch Keller (9 wins – 6 losses, 4.01 ERA). His undefeated month was powered by a sudden surge in run support, as the Pirates achieved nine runs scored in his four July starts. Unfortunately for Mitch, the Pirates haven’t reached nine runs in their last seven games played.
Welcome back, MLBbro.com family! We hope you all have those air-conditioners turned up in the midst of this nationwide heat wave. While you stay cool, we’re staying HOT with our three MLB picks this Friday.
Not quite as hot as the big boss Rob Parker when he finds out they raised the prices for soda at his local wing joint, but that’s neither here nor there.
ANYWHO…let’s get to the picks!
1) The San Diego Padres (-145) are hoping to get on a hot streak of their own, as they hope to avoid one of the most disappointing seasons of their history. After showing glimpses of greatness last year, they’re hoping righty Seth Lugo (3 wins – 4 losses, 3.78 ERA) can get them back on the same track they were on during their 2022 playoff race.
The Detroit Tigers (+122), meanwhile, are on a mini-streak of their own (two wins counts as a streak right?). Unfortunately for them and their rookie starter Reese Olson (1 win – 3 losses, 3.96 ERA), the trends would say that streak ends. Road favorites are currently winning at a 65% clip.
Ride the heat wave. Padres ML (-145)
2) In a battle of division leaders, the Milwaukee Brewers (+105) host the Atlanta Braves (-125). Neither team is bringing their best to the mound, as the Braves’ Mike Soroka and the Brew Crew’s Freddy Peralta are both uncomfortably over a 4.25 ERA. With each teams’ offenses humming, this should be a barn-burner.
Bros Best Bet. Brewers/Braves Over 9 total runs (-110).
3) The unicorn closes out our day, as Shohei Ohtani (7 wins – 5 losses, 3.5 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (-195) hope the Pittsburgh Pirates (+162) can’t stand the SoCal heat. Pirates’ starter Johan Oviedo (3 wins – 10 losses, 4.53 ERA) has been ice cold. Losing all five of his last starts doesn’t bode well for the black and yellow, but will Shohei still have the same velocity with his blistered finger?
Happy Juneteenth weekend, MLBbro.com Family! As we celebrate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, let us also recognize the impact Black and Brown baseball players have on our sport’s culture. Jackie Robinson not only integrated the MLB but also paved the way for integration in all American sports. Curt Flood sacrificed his MLB career by suing the league in protest of the “reserve clause” in 1970.
Although he lost the suit in 1972, he ignited the fire within the baseball player’s union who eventually struck down the clause and ushered in free agency in 1976. It’s not lost on me how the game of baseball has grown because of these two outstanding great Black players, and many others before (Negro League) and after. Without them, this site wouldn’t exist. Let’s honor them all weekend as we make a little profit with these three winners!
1. The AL East is starting to separate the top from the bottom of the division, and the New York Yankees (-115) currently sit right in the middle of the pack. They hope to keep the Boston Red Sox (-105) in the division’s basement, and there are a couple of MLBbros in the Bronx to help make that happen.
Willie Calhoun (.238 batting average, 5 home runs, 16 RBIs) has seen a resurgence since making the Yankee’s active roster in April. The Vallejo native made the best of his departure from his home team Giants, and he helped fill the hole at DH created when fellow MLBbro Giancarlo Stanton (.222 batting average, 6 home runs, 13 RBIs) went down in mid April. Now that both are in the lineup, we should see the Yankees continue to climb the ranks while Aaron Judge recovers from his own injuries.
Cold Summer in Boston. I’m taking the MLBbros and the Yankees ML (-115).
2. Why fix what’s not broken? Such is the question the St. Louis Cardinals (-110) have to answer after trying to “fix” MLBbro Jordan Walker’s (.293 batting average, 4 home runs, 17 RBIs) swing early in the season. The young rookie has impressed despite the hurdles of overmanagement by his team and inconsistent pitching. Case in point is starter Miles Mikolas (4 wins – 3 losses, 4.02 ERA), who will look to get the Cards back on track after one of the worst start of the franchise’s history.
Standing in their way are the equally disappointing New York Mets (-110). After losing slugger Pete Alonso (22 home runs, 49 RBIs), there has been little to cheer about in Queens. They hope starter Tylor Megill (5 wins – 4 losses, 5.14 ERA) can stifle the jeers from the home crowd.
Cards on the comeback. Take the Cardinals ML (-110).
3. I’ve been dogging them all year, but the Oakland A’s (+130) are suddenly winning games! With their rich history, I’m happy to see it even if it’s on the way out. After their performances against the league’s best Rays, it’s not too hard to see them keeping the game close against the Philadelphia Phillies (-150).
Let’s keep it going Oakland!! Bro’s best bet is the A’s +1.5 (-35)