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.
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.
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.