Welcome MLB Bros and Sisters! We’re waving goodbye to an amazing July with three solid picks and throwing a few dogs into the action. In case your pockets are touching after a weird week of upsets, or if you’re a Boston fan dragging your butt back to the sportsbook after the Blue Jays laid more runs on you than an Olympic track meet, we’ve got your back like bra straps! Get back into the green with the #BrosBettingBaseball team (@bbruh916 / @abookay3)!
1. First, let’s head to the Bronx borough as the New York Yankees (-325) drop the welcome mat for the visiting Kansas City Royals. Remember when everyone was dogging Gerrit Cole for losing velocity after they started checking pitchers for banned substances? Well, no one is dogging the UCLA Bruin now! Cole is the undisputed ace of the Yankees as he sits with 9 wins – 3 losses, 3.09 ERA, and has fanned 153 batters in just 119 innings pitched. The Royals lefty Kris Bubic (2 wins – 6 losses, 5.53 ERA) will have to pitch a nearly perfect game as he faces off with the top ranked team in home runs, slugging %, and runs scored. It doesn’t take a Judge to rule in favor of the Yankees. We’re making this the #BrosBestBet, and taking the Yankees runline -1.5.
2. Next at bat are the home team Los Angeles Angels (-110) taking on the Texas Rangers (-110). Why is this game a pickem? Look no further than the mound, as Texas ace Martin Perez has let his left arm do all the talking. Perez’s 2.59 ERA and 1.18 WHIP has led him to a noteworthy record of 8 wins – 2 losses. The man with the stats PropaganDrew is riding with Perez like he’s in a sidecar doing 100 MPH on the Pacific Coast Highway! He’ll do battle with Patrick Sandoval of the Angels, who only has 3 wins and has been a must-fade with his 3.64 ERA and only 91 strikeouts on the season. Ohtani and Trout can be as great as they want to be, but it doesn’t equate to wins. Take the Rangers moneyline, and let that dog walk all the way to the bank.
3. Finally, we think Vegas lost their mind with the odds they placed on the visiting Minnesota Twins (+100) versus the San Diego Padres (-120). “WHAT YOU TALKING BOUT SEANBO?!” Ok, hear me out…as well as the Padres have performed with a staggering list of players on the IL, they’re still only as good as their pitching. Blake Snell has been one of the biggest disappointments on this team, as he has a record of 2 wins – 5 losses, a 4.75 ERA, and has just 71 Ks on the year. Guess who’s starting for the Padres on Friday? Meanwhile, the Twins are battling for the top spot in their division and their righty Joe Ryan (7 wins – 3 losses, 2.89 ERA) has been more reliable than a 2004 Toyota Camry. Let’s ride ‘Ol reliable to another win, and close this Friday out with another dog in the Minnesota Twins moneyline. Until next Friday, MLBBro.com Fam!
Juy is here! You heard me right, Juy is here for the #BrosBettingBaseba…Because we’ve taken NO “Ls” YET THIS MONTH! My brother (@bookay3) and I (@bbruh916) enjoyed our first Friday of the month by going 2-0-1 with the only push coming when the Yankees and Guardians were postponed. My man PropaganDrew was showing out with his trifecta of picks, and we’re carrying that good juju to this week as we get ready for the midsummer classic. Let’s travel around our great nation for our 3 picks and be on the lookout for our own traveling man, Rob Parker (@robparkerFS1), as he may be in a ballpark, wing joint, or gentlemen’s establishment near you! “Stick and STAY, America!”
1. First stop is the ‘Natti! Get your chili dogs ready before the 6:40pm Eastern start between the Tampa Bay Rays (-125) on the road against the Cincinnati Reds (+105). The Reds are hoping their righty Luis Castillo (3.09 ERA, 3 wins – 4 losses) can withstand the possible famine his offense will have against the Ray’s ace Shane McClanahan (1.74 ERA, 9 wins – 3 losses). I kid about the Reds, but both team offenses have been mediocre this year as neither team is in the top half in the league in batting average, runs, on base %, or home runs. We’re giving the edge to the Rays and the Bros you need to know, Yandy Diaz (.295 avg) and Randy Arozarena (39 RBIs). Hopefully they can provide just enough run support to McClanahan, as our pick is the Tampa Bay Rays Moneyline to start our winning day.
2. We’ll stay in Ohio with the Rays and Reds, and throw our prop pick on their run total UNDER 8.5. These two teams’ struggles on offense are well documented in the prior write up. Not much else to say but let the numbers do the talking and don’t let the pitchers do any walking.
3. Finally, we end our picks like we usually do in the great state of California, as the Los Angeles Dodgers (-175) host the Chicago Cubs (+150). Put the chili away, grab a Dodger Dog, and get ready for a couple of studs on the bump beginning at 10:10pm Eastern. The Cub’s right-hander Keegan Thompson (3.41 ERA, 7 wins – 3 losses) has been impressive on a depressing team, while the Dodger’s lefty Tyler Anderson (3.09 ERA, 9 wins – 1 loss) has emerged as the most consistent arm on a front-running team with generational talent at pitcher.
The Cubs are 12 games behind in their division (depressing), and the big spending Dodgers are protecting a 6 game lead over the Padres (front-runners). Pitching and team trends considered, there’s also the fact that the Dodgers are top 10 in batting average, runs, on base %, and homers. That’s a #BrosBestBet if I’ve ever seen it! Take the Los Angeles Dodgers Moneyline
(Seanbo / @Bbruh916)
The #BrosBettingBaseball are back like we never left, and my main man PropaganDrew (@abookay3) is smokin’ hot as we burn up in these dog days of summer. Even though those cheating, scheming, and LOSING Astros dropped two of my picks last Friday (@bbruh916), Drewski claimed the one win as the Blue Jays easily put him in green and kept him clean.
He’s up nearly 100 Units(!) on the year, and his trends are on the up tick once again! Let’s take a look at some of his trends for this Friday, and I’ll round the bases with two of my own winners in today’s MLBBro.com selections:
1. Let’s ride PropaganDrew’s hot hand and make his Prop the #BrosBestBet as we head to the windy city for the lead-off start of 2:20pm Eastern. The Atlanta Braves taking on the Chicago Cubs pits two teams on the opposite sides of the spectrum. The Cubs have been TERRIBLE this year, but their starter Keegan Thompson has been decent with a 3.67 ERA and 6-2 record. The Atlanta Braves have been unstoppable since their superstar Ronald Acuna Jr. reentered the lineup, and prior to his cold streaks versus the Nationals last week, he was batting .311 with 6 homeruns in his injury shortened season. The hook is their starting pitcher Charlie Morton has seen better days, as he’s floating near a 5.7 ERA and is barely winning over half his starts at a 4-3 record. The stat man pulled the trends showing Morton has hit the over on 11 of 12 games, and Thompson has hit it on 8 of 14! Hit the OVER 8.5 Total Runs in the Cubs/Braves matchup.
2. Keeping it in the Midwest, we’ll jump to the steel city of Pittsburg to see the battle of Barry’s teams at 7:05pm Eastern! The suddenly surging San Francisco Giants (-210) look to right the ship after dropping one to the Royals as they start their summer series against the discounted, disjointed, and downright despicable Pittsburg Pirates (+180). Don’t let a fantasy football assault take away from what Joc Pederson has been doing since donning the orange and black. He’s enjoying a .270 batting average, knocked in 33 RBIs, and has 13 homers despite having the breakfast slapped out of his mouth last month. Even though Ke’Bryan Hayes of the Pirates is one of our MLB Bros you need to know with solid numbers at a .270 BA and 22 RBIs, he doesn’t have enough pitching or batting support to get past the Giant’s lefty Carlos Rodon who’s rocking a 3.18 ERA and staggering 83 Strikeouts in 65 innings pitched. Take the Giants money line, but I’ll be taking the -1.5 run line (-130) because my mama didn’t teach me responsible gaming. (sorry mom)
3. What’s a baseball summer without a trip to SoCal where it never rains, unless you’re in the gentlemen’s club with Professor Rob Parker (bring a bucket, not an umbrella). Before we hit the club, let’s hit the ball park as the Los Angeles Dodgers (-300) welcome the Cleveland Guardians (+250) to Chavez Ravine. Old is new, as Clayton Kershaw has found new life as a pitcher even without the same velocity that carried his left hand to legendary status. He’s barely getting hit on the year, as Kershaw’s 2.12 ERA and 4-1 record lead the always stacked Dodgers into Friday. Meanwhile, Cleveland’s right-handed starter Zach Plesac hasn’t done anything to please Guardian’s fans with his 4.7 ERA and only a couple of wins on the season. Grab a Dodger dog, $20 beer, and take the Los Angeles Dodger on the money line. I’ll be taking them -1.5 on the run line to get a few extra shekels to throw on some coeds with Professor Parker. (Sorry dad)
(Seanbo / @Bbruh916)
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!
(Seanbo / @Bbruh916)
It must be matinee day Friday, as the best bets are batting 1-2-3 on the Friday slate:
Seanbo’s BEST bet is batting lead. The Padres w/ Yu Darvish (-160) is an easy pick here against the rebuilding (or tanking if you know their cheap ownership group) Pirates (+140) w/ RHP Zach Thompson. Darvish has been solid on the year with a 4.43 ERA, while Thompson is throwing beach balls floating at 10.80 ERA. Padres HUGE, might even sprinkle some shekels on the -1.5 line for +money odds.
Get the Seattle Mariners before the books move the current line (-130) against the up and down Miami Marlins (+110). Bookies aren’t taking into account the fact that Mariners won’t need to travel far after completing their series at Tampa Bay. Rookie starter Matt Brash (4.2 ERA, 13 SO) will have time to finish his continental breakfast in the hotel dining area before taking the bump and should be fresh to get the Mariners back into the win column after taking a few Ls in Tampa.
Finally, the sleeper pick here is the Boston Red Sox (no line posted) w/ RHP Tanner Houck up against the Orioles w/ RHP rookie Spenser Watkins. With both pitchers hovering near a 2.80 ERA, you look to the batting and the Red Sox are at .236 while the orioles are struggling deeper in the hole at .200. Hence the SLEEPER pick, as you’ll have better luck staying awake watching M*A*S*H reruns with Rob at 2am.
Bet’em straight up, or do like I DO, and throw them in a 3-team parlay, and a 2-team Round Robin Parlay. Gives yourself a chance to win if you hit 2/3. GOOD LUCK, and remember…we keeps it litty in SHEKEL CITY!