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)
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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.
Ranger danger! Rangers ML (-155)
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.
Philly fasho’. Phillies ML (-165)
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?
No sweat. Angels RL -1.5 (-115)
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- It’s getting hot and heavy in the ‘Natti! The Cincinnati Reds (+150) broke out the brooms as they swept the Cubs and Red Sox to end the month of May on a five-game winning streak. They look to keep that fire stoked against the up and down Milwaukee Brewers (-175), who are far from safe in their top spot over the NL Central.
The Reds are marching out their left-handed rookie, Brandon Williamson (0 wins – 0 losses, 5.02 ERA) to take on the Brewer’s ace Corbin Burnes (4 wins – 4 losses, 3.68 ERA). Even with Burnes’s subpar start to the season, his experience should elevate his teams play in this interdivision battle.
With 59 strikeouts on the season, Burnes hopes to slow down the top three ranked on base percentage team on their home field.
Time to throw some water on their parade. I got the Brewers ML (-175).
2. My Oakland A’s (+175) are a bad team. The team is SO BAD, the fans are showing up just to boo and hold up signs denouncing the owners and their plans to move to Las Vegas. The A’s almost looked relieved to go on a cross country road trip (they beat the Braves…TWICE), but that ends when they face the Miami Marlins (-205).
The Marlins rookie righty Edward Cabrera (3 wins – 4 losses, 5.02 ERA) should have the start of his career against the bottom of the barrel ranked A’s offense (bottom 10 in every offensive category). The Marlins offense should put up double digits against the A’s Hogan Harris and his 10.13 ERA.
This should be a deadly case of the “Miami Flu.” Bro’s Best Bet is Marlins ML (-205)
3. As we mentioned, the Atlanta Braves (-125) dropped back to back games against the horrible A’s. It may have been a stroke of luck, though, as the Braves continue to rule the NL East behind the instant offense combo of Ronald Acuna Jr (.324 batting average) and Matt Olson (17 home runs, 42 RBIs).
The Arizona Cardinals (+105) are looking for the luck they had to start the season, as they hope to keep pace with their division leading Dodgers. After winning their last four games of May, starter Merrill Kelly (6 wins – 3 losses, 2.83 ERA) is poised to silence the noisy bats of the Braves and keep this game within reach.
Pitching battle to end our night! Braves/Diamondbacks UNDER 9 total runs