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)
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.
It’s our favorite weekend for baseball, as we bring in the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re anything like the MLBbro.com big boss, Rob Parker, you’re currently reading this column while you plot your holiday meal of ribs, steak, BONE-IN wings, and maybe a glizzy (or three) before taking in some baseball. Don’t fill up on tubular meats and diet cola just yet! We have three picks to make your pockets as fat as your waistline.
The Tampa Bay Rays (no lines posted) have been cooking! The “hot dogs” of the ridiculously competitive AL East, they are dominating on the mound (eight total shutouts, 3.71 combined ERA, 190 runs allowed) and at the plate (top two in EVERY offensive statistical category). They look to dish an “L” to another division leader in the Los Angeles Dodgers (no lines posted), whose top five offensive rankings in runs, slugging percentage and home runs have proven too much for most of their rivals to chew on.
This is where pitching matchups are key. With both teams serving up major offensive numbers, it’s going to be a feast when paired with the Dodgers’ Noah Syndergaard (1 win – 3 losses, 5.88 ERA) and the Rays’ Cooper Criswell (no wins – 1 loss, 7.94 ERA). With these two pitchers getting the start, it’s going to be a buffet line at home plate.
Nom nom nom. Take Dodgers/Rays OVER 9 total runs.
It’s been a pressure-cooker season thus far for both the San Diego Padres (no odds posted) and the New York Yankees (no odds posted). After both teams came in as a couple of tastier options to win the World Series in 2023 for futures bettors, neither team has played consistently winning ball to lead their divisions at any point this year.
There are some sweet spots for each roster, though, as Xander Bogaerts is experiencing a renaissance season (.261 BA, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) and Aaron Judge (.298 BA, 14 HRs, 33 RBIs) is making his case for a back-to-back MVP. Xander’s offensive performance won’t be enough to mask the putrid pitching coming from Padre’s starter Joe Musgrove (1 win – 2 losses, 6.75 ERA).
Dig in. New York Yankees ML.
Las Vegas will now be home to gambling, 5-star dining, and the Athletics (+210). As a life-long Oakland A’s fan, this is one bitter pill to swallow as Clark County claims another franchise from The Bay. Never mind this team is on a historical losing streak, this kind of pain can be felt deep in every NorCal baseball fan’s gut.
The Houston Astros (-280) may as well be vultures circling a fresh kill. Sure they are middle-of-the-pack in most offensive categories, but it won’t take much to eat up the A’s James Kaprielian (0 wins – 4 losses, 8.68 ERA) who has been serving up meatballs whenever he’s on the bump.
Get your appetite whet with my Bro’s best bet! Astros RL -1.5 (-152).
We’re welcoming those August dog days of summer at the MLBBro.com offices, but “Don’t call it a comeback!” in the famous words of James Todd Smith because we’ve been rolling with the winners since July! Skip that summer music festival and kick it with the #BrosBettingBaseball (@bbruh916/@abookay3) because we stay working hard to leave you saying “today was a good day” every Friday, hold the Ice Cube. So sit back, relax, and catch a contact with three picks that will leave you screaming “My, my, my!” and we’re willing to share because it ain’t no fun if the homies can’t get none!
1. It’s the 5th of the month, so let’s head to the Land of Bone, Thugs, and Harmony as the Cleveland Guardians (no line posted) look to get “Bizzy” against the Houston Astros starting at 4:10pm Pacific. The Astro’s lefty Framber Valdez looked chopped and screwed in the month of July, as he struggled to just a .500 win percentage and gave up multiple earned runs in every start last month. He’ll be facing off against fellow southpaw Kirk McCarty of Cleveland, who’s astronomical 6.05 ERA makes him more like the man on the moon than a Big League ace. Po’ up and double up on the #BrosBestBet as we’re hoping the rejuvenated Astros -1.5 Runline and their latest trade deadline additions can help them capture a big win and help us secure a big bag.
2. There’s nothing hotter than a New York summer when it comes to the MLB, and the bridge isn’t over when you’re headed to Queens to watch the New York Mets (no line posted) host the Atlanta Braves. The Braves have been So So Def behind starter Ian Anderson as he’s rolled out batters to the tune of 9 wins and 6 losses, despite his 4.99 ERA. But our favorite MLB Bro “Freaky” Taijuan Walker has been an absolute Bonecrusher this season, and he “Ain’t Neva Scared” when he’s sporting 9 wins – 2 losses and a 2.79 ERA to lead the Metropolitans to the top of their division. With the division lead down to 3.5 games between the rivals, we’re still taking the Mets Moneyline to hold on and send the Braves back to the dirty with their tailfeathers tucked between their legs.
3. Finally, let’s head bang and mosh our way up to the Pacific Northwest as the Seattle Mariners (-190) look to stay in a state of Nirvana against the visiting Los Angeles Angels (+160). The Emerald City has picked up the pace since the summer started while the Angels have fallen from grace and were reportedly listening to offers for Sho…Nevermind. You might call the “other team in LA” a bunch of Foo Fighters for constantly cashing out MVPs and coming up short of anything even closely resembling a playoff contender.
Look at the Mariners to continue to win behind lefty starter Robbie Ray (8 wins – 8 losses, 4.11 ERA) as the Angel’s Patrick Sandoval (3 wins – 7 losses, 3.61 ERA) has 5 lost straight games since the start of July, and PropaganDrew pulled even deeper stats showing the Angels are a bottom 5 team vs. left-handed pitchers. Dial up the Mariners Moneyline and kick them nasty losses…because BABY WE’RE BACK!
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!