The All-Star break is in the books, and MLB is back in full swing with a packed Friday slate of games. A number of fascinating series get underway this evening, which leaves us with plenty of choices for tonight’s three-game parlay ticket. Here are our selections.
Our first game takes us to Fenway Park for a rematch of the 2018 World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers will be in Boston for three with the Red Sox. At the midway point of the season, the Dodgers look primed for another deep playoff run while the Red Sox may have to scramble just to get a berth.
The second game on our ticket is a battle of the top two squads in the American League Central. The division-leading Minnesota Twins open up a three-game set in Cleveland with the Indians tonight. The Twins hold a 5.5-game lead as the Indians look to make up some ground over the set.
The final contest we’ll be focusing on takes us out to the West Coast. The National League East leading Atlanta Braves will be in San Diego for the start of a three-game set with the Padres. An interesting pitching matchup is on tap for this one with a veteran hurler squaring off with a young arm.
That’s three interesting tilts to look forward to for a busy night of MLB action. Let’s take a look at all three of our selections in full detail, starting with the battle in Boston.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 PM EST, NESN
Dodgers vs. Red Sox Pick:
The Dodgers hit the skids entering the break. They were at home facing the Padres for a four-game set, winning the opener before dropping the final three games. The Red Sox fared much better and hit the break riding a four-game winning streak which included a three-game road sweep of the Detroit Tigers.
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Los Angeles opens up a seven-game road trip with tonight’s game. For the season, the club is 23-20 in away games. Boston kicks off a seven-game homestand this evening. The club is under .500 on the year at Fenway with a mark of 20-22.
Red Sox bats were hot entering the break, but it was a different story for the Dodgers. Cody Bellinger leads the way for Los Angeles with a .336 BA, 30 homers, and 71 RBIs. Max Muncy has chipped in with 20 dongs and 60 ribbies. Rafael Devers is batting .324 to lead Boston. J.D. Martinez tops the team with 18 HRs, while Xander Bogaerts leads with 65 RBIs.
Maeda is having a decent season, but he’s just 0-3 for his last six starts. For his last outing, he gave up three earned runs over 7.2 innings to take the loss versus the Padres. Rodriguez has been up and down on the year, but he was solid in his last two starts before the break. Last time out, he gave up one earned run over five innings to get the win over the Tigers.
The Dodgers have the overall statistical edge here, but Red Sox relievers are seeing more innings of work. Maeda has lasted seven innings or more for two of his last three starts. Rodriguez has pitched 5 innings or more for each of his last five starts.
This is one of the most-anticipated series of the weekend, and it should be a fun one. While the break can be a momentum killer, the Red Sox have been playing well. The Dodgers have not. We like Boston for game one on tonight’s ticket.
Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:10 PM EST, FSOH
Twins vs. Indians Pick:
The Twins closed out the first half of the season with a three-game series at home with the Texas Rangers. The Indians were red-hot before the time off, winning their last six in a row. Over the weekend, they took two at the Cincinnati Reds by a combined score of 18-3.
Minnesota was 3-2 over its last five games before the break. The club is 28-18 in road games for the season to date. Cleveland is opening up a 10-game homestand with this series. The team is 25-18 on the home field this season.
The Twins have the overall edge at the plate, but Cleveland had the hotter bats heading into the break. Jorge Polanco is batting .312 to lead the Twins. Max Kepler is tops with 21 homers, while Eddie Rosario leads with 60 ribbies, but he’s on the 10-day IL. Carlos Santana leads the way for the Indians with a .297 BA, 19 HRs, and 52 RBIs.
Gibson was pretty solid for the first half of the season. He started 17 games and made 18 total appearances. Over his last 10 outings, he has allowed four earned runs or more four times. Clevinger has five starts under his belt this season. His last start was one of his finest as held the Kansas City Royals off the scoreboard over six innings to get the win while fanning nine batters.
The Indians have the advantage here and also one of the top bullpens in MLB. Gibson has pitched five innings or more in seven of his last 10 outings. Clevinger has lasted five innings or more for three of his five appearances this year.
The Indians have been on fire, but we’ll see if some time off has cooled them off a bit. Either way, Clevinger was solid last time out and the club has the bullpen advantage to boot. We’re rolling with Cleveland for game two on tonight’s ticket.
Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres, 10:10 PM EST, MLBN
Braves vs. Padres Pick:
The Braves were home last weekend taking two of three at home over the Miami Marlins. The team entered the break with a mark of 4-1 for its last five games. The Padres entered the time off riding a three-game winning streak, winning the final three of a four-game road set with the Dodgers.
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Tonight’s game marks the start of a six-game road swing for the Braves. The club is 26-18 in away games on the year. The Padres are home for this set before hitting the road for the next nine games. At home on the season, the team is 23-24.
Atlanta has the overall edge at the plate, and their bats were hotter entering the break as well. Freddie Freeman leads the way for the Braves with a .309 BA, 23 homers, and 68 RBIs. Ronald Acuna Jr. has contributed 21 HRs and 53 ribbies. For the Padres, Eric Hosmer leads with a .287 BA and 62 RBIs. Hunter Renfroe is tops on the team with 27 dingers.
Keuchel has started four games since signing with Atlanta. He has allowed three earned runs or less in all appearances. Last time out, he gave up two over 7.1 innings to get the victory over the Marlins. Lamet has appeared in just one game this year, allowing three earned runs over five innings in a loss to the Dodgers. Last season, he had an ERA of 4.57 over 21 starts with a record of 7-8.
The Atlanta relief corps is one of the best in MLB, so they have the clear advantage here. Keuchel has pitched five innings or more in each of his four starts. Since Lamet has only one appearance under his belt this year, it’s tough to figure what we’ll see tonight.
The Braves entered the break winning four of their last five games, while the Padres wrapped up the first half with a three-game winning streak. Keuchel has looked pretty good since joining Atlanta, and the bullpen has been solid all year. We like the Braves for the final game on tonight’s ticket.