Another MLB season is winding down, but we’re staying turned up for our MLBbro.com fam! If it’s Friday, it’s payday when you tap in to Bro Betting Baseball.
1. It is going to be a barn burner when the Colorado Rockies (+165) head to the Windy City to face off with the Chicago Cubs (-199). Cubs’ starter Jameson Taillon (7 wins – 10 losses, 5.27 ERA) has been known to get rocked even against lesser opponents, but he’s Nolan Ryan compared to Rockies’ rookie Noah Davis (0 wins – 2 losses, 9.58 ERA).
Run it up. Rockies/Cubs OVER 9 total runs (-110)
2. Desperation is setting in for our baseball fans north of the border, as the Toronto Blue Jays (+122) are battling the Rangers and Mariners for the last spot in the AL Wild Card. Standing in their way are the division rival Tampa Bay Rays (-145), but history is on the Blue Jays’ side! The two teams last met way back in May, where the Blue Jays stifled the burning hot Rays to the tune of a 3-1 series win.
Oh Canada! Blue Jays ML (+122)
3. It’s a good old Philly and New York battle as the Phillies (-165) look to put the nail in the coffin of the Mets (+140). MLBbro Taijuan Walker (15 wins – 5 losses, 4.4 ERA) has proven all year that his former team made a critical mistake in letting him walk for two aging pitchers in Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. He looks to bring the hammer to the Mets a couple more times to close out the season and bolster a bid for the NL Cy Young in the process.
Clear your schedule, MLBbro.com fam. We have three picks to set off your hot streak. Take a seat, take a peek, and let’s get that bookie beat!
1. Two teams with very little to play for are the New York Yankees (-165) and Pittsburgh Pirates (+140). Even with the Pirates having the home field advantage, they will struggle mightily against the Yankees’ ace, Gerrit Cole (13 wins – 4 losses, 2.79 ERA). With the Pirate’s bottom five ranked offense, Cole could be pushing his numbers closer to Cy Young winning levels.
Cole as ice. Yankees RL -1.5 (+105)
2. In a possible playoff preview, the Miami Marlins (+162) face off with the league leading Atlanta Braves (-195). Miami won’t have their best on the mound, though, as Johnny Cueto (1 win – 4 losses, 6.15 ERA) seems to have lost the velocity and overall filth that put him in elite status just a handful of seasons ago. Bryce Edler (12 wins – 4 losses, 3.38 ERA) will look to carve up the Marlins for a seafood feast.
Bros’ best bet! Braves ML (-195)
3. The AL East may have three teams in the playoffs if the Toronto Blue Jays (-130) can make short work of inter division rival Boston Red Sox (+110) on Friday. Even with Red Sox starter Brayan Bello (12 wins – 8 losses, 3.68 ERA) and Toronto’s right-hander Jose Berrios (10 wins – 10 losses, 3.63 ERA) both sporting sub-four ERAs, the offense has been hot and we’re eyeing that over for the win.
Bats will sing! Red Sox/Blue Jays OVER 8.5 Total Runs (-120)
The second half of the season is upon us, MLBbro.com Fam! Hopefully you enjoyed our amazing coverage of the Midsummer Classic as much as the big boss, Rob Parker.
Between the All Star Game, eating glizzies all over the map, and leaving unused undergarments in his hotel rooms, this man has been having a summer to remember.
ANYWHO…let’s get to the picks!
The battle for mediocrity is what both the San Diego Padres (-115) and Philadelphia Phillies (-105) were hoping to avoid this season. And yet, here we are. With both teams sending out pitchers who haven’t shown a glimmer of hope this season (combined record of 5 wins – 8 losses), this should be a barn burner.
Bombs away. Padres/Phillies OVER 9.5 total runs (-115)
In the “Barry Bonds Game,” the San Francisco Giants (-130) take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (+110). Even with the Giants climbing the ranks as the Pirates continue nosediving out of the playoffs, this could be a good spot for the underdog Pirates. Giants’ pitcher Ross Stripling (0 wins – 2 losses, 6.37 ERA) is still chasing his first win and it likely won’t come against the Pirates’ Rich Hill (7 wins – 9 losses, 4.78 ERA).
Bet on the Buckos. Pirates +1.5 RL (-155).
The senior special should be in effect for the final game of the day between the Los Angeles Dodgers (-125) and New York Mets (-105). The Mets’ will march out the 17-year veteran Justin Verlander (3 wins – 4 losses, 3.6 ERA) out to start the game. He iis hoping to finally get himself into gear and snap the slumping Mets out of their first half of the season daze.
For the Dodgers, Julio Urias (6 wins – 5 losses, 4.76 ERA) will make the start and should be fully locked in after making his return from injury just before the all star break. The Dodgers have been known to heat up in the second half of July, so we’re banking on them keeping to trend.
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.
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ANYWHO…let’s get to the picks!
1. “The Orioles and Pirates are good.” It’s been a few years since we could say this sentence with a straight face, and yet here we are. 2023 started off great for the Pittsburgh Pirates (+135), but they’re barely hanging onto the top spot in the NL Central after dropping eight of their last nine games. The Baltimore Orioles (-155), meanwhile, continue to battle in the toughest division in baseball as they try to catch the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays.
This matchup will feature neither of the teams’ best pitchers, as both Johan Oviedo (2 wins – 3 losses) for the Pirates and Kyle Bradish (1 win – 1 loss) for the Orioles have sky-high ERAs over 5.5. The fact that both teams are in the top half in the MLB in most offensive categories leaves me scratching my head why the bookies placed the over/under on runs at 8.
Take thePirates and Orioles OVER 8 total runs.
2. Rest in peace, Vida Blue. The passing of one of 15 Black Aces in MLB history hit hard for our MLBbro team and was especially difficult for Oakland A’s (+162) fans who are in the midst of an historically bad season.
The Texas Rangers (-195), conversely, are hoping to erase their recent history of mediocre play as they sit atop the AL West. Their lefty starter Martin Perez (4 wins – 1 loss, 3.86 ERA) is aging like a fine wine. He’s traded in his velocity for better ball placement on his way to 28 Ks already in the season. Oh, did I mention run support? It doesn’t hurt that the Ranger’s offense also ranks in the top 10 in every offensive category.
Easy call on today’sBro’s Best Bet, Rangers Moneyline (-195).
3. Our final matchup features one of my favorite new school rivalries, as the San Diego Padres (+118) head up I-5 to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (-140). Despite the star power, both offenses are middling as injuries and underwhelming production from their most notable stars has left much to be desired in SoCal. The pitching matchup, though, will be key. Blake Snell (1 win – 5 losses, 4.89 ERA) is a MUST FADE.