It’s a busy Friday night for MLB with just one game on the afternoon slate and 14 games on tap for the evening. Several intriguing series get underway this evening, which leaves us with plenty of different directions to go for handicapping purposes. Here are our selections for tonight’s three-game parlay ticket.
The first game on our ticket is a meeting of two of the most productive MLB offenses in the Bronx. The Colorado Rockies will spend the weekend in New York for three with the Yankees. The projected run total for this game is set at 11, so we could see a show at the plate this evening.
Next up is a battle in Texas between a pair of American League West rivals. The Texas Rangers hit the road to take on the Houston Astros in the first of a three-game set. An intriguing pitching matchup highlights this one with Mike Minor and Justin Verlander set to square off on the mound.
The final game on our ticket is the second of a four-game set between two National League squads. The Milwaukee Brewers are in Arizona to face the Diamondbacks and looking to build on their three-game winning streak, while the hosts look to even the score in the series after coming up short yesterday.
Three quality contests to look forward to should make for an exciting evening of MLB action. Let’s take a look at our selections in full detail, starting with the battle in the Bronx.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
Colorado Rockies vs. New York Yankees, 7:05 PM EST, MLBN
Rockies vs. Yankees Pick:
The Rockies were home to begin the week playing host for a four-game set with the San Francisco Giants. It couldn’t have gone any worse, as the visitors swept the four games by a combined score of 40-15. The Yankees were home for four with the Rays, winning three straight after dropping the series opener.
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Colorado begins a 10-game road trip with tonight’s game. For the year, the club is 20-26 in away games. New York closes out a 10-game homestand with this series. They’re 5-2 thus far and stand at 36-16 in home games on the season.
The two offenses are close overall and have produced similar results recently, but the Yankees have an edge on the long ball. Charlie Blackmon is batting .318 to lead the Rockies. Trevor Story has the team lead with 22 homers, while Nolan Arenado is tops with 71 RBIs. DJ LeMahieu leads New York with a .329 BA and 65 ribbies. Gary Sanchez is the team leader with 24 dongs.
Freeland has been beaten up several times this season, and not all of them have taken place at run-happy Coors Field. Last time out, he gave up five runs over four innings in a no-decision versus the Cincinnati Reds. Happ was tagged for eight runs by the Houston Astros three starts ago, but he has settled down for his last two, including a two-earned run loss to the Toronto Blue Jays last time out.
When the bullpens get involved in the festivities over this series, the Yankees will have the advantage. Freeland’s last four appearances have all been for four innings or less. Happ has pitched five innings or more for seven of his last eight.
New York checks in with a mark of 6-4 over its last 10 games, while Colorado is just 2-8 over the same span. The Rockies offense could do some damage at Yankee Stadium, but New York bats could do the same against Freeland. We like the Yankees for game one on tonight’s ticket.
Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros, 8:10 PM EST, ATSW
Rangers vs. Astros Pick:
Texas spent the early part of the week at home being clobbered by the Diamondbacks. They lost both games by a combined score of 28-6. Houston was on the road for four with the Los Angeles Angels. After dropping the first two contests, the club bounced back to win the final two games of the set.
The Rangers open up a 10-game road swing with tonight’s contest. The team is 19-25 in away games for the year. The Astros kick off a six-game homestand with this evening’s tilt. For the season, the club is 33-14 on the home field.
Houston has the overall advantage at the plate, and they have had the hotter bats over the past five games as well. Elvis Andrus is batting .296 to lead the Rangers. Joey Gallo leads with 22 homers, while Nomar Mazara is tops on the team with 51 RBIs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with a .321 BA. Alex Bregman is the team leader with 25 HRs and 61 ribbies.
Minor is having a great year, but he has given up a combined seven earned runs over his last two appearances. Last time out, he gave up four over five innings in a no-decision versus the Astros. Verlander is also having a fine season, but opposing batters have gotten to him here and there. For his last start, he gave up two earned runs over six innings in a win over the Rangers.
It’s no contest on the relief corps as the Astros have one of the better bullpens in MLB. Minor has pitched five innings or more for nine of his last 10 appearances. Verlander has lasted six innings or more for 17 of his last 18 starts.
A fantastic pitching matchup is on tap for the start of what should be an entertaining weekend series. Overall, Verlander has had the better stuff of late, so we’ll look there as the difference maker. We’re taking the Astros for game two on tonight’s ticket.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 PM EST, FSAZ
Brewers vs. Diamondbacks Pick:
This series opened up on Thursday with a 5-1 victory for the Brewers. It was all tied up in the eighth inning at one apiece, but Orlando Arcia got the ball rolling with an RBI single to rally the Brewers. Milwaukee is 3-2 over its last five games, while Arizona is 3-2 over the same span.
It’s a brief four-game road trip for Milwaukee which they opened up with yesterday’s victory. The club is 21-26 in road games for the year. Arizona opened up a seven-game homestand yesterday. On the season, the club is 20-23 at home.
The Brewers have the long ball edge, but the Diamondbacks have the advantage elsewhere. Christian Yelich leads the way for Milwaukee with a .330 BA, 34 HRs, and 73 RBIs. Mike Moustakas has contributed 25 homers and 55 ribbies. Ketel Marte is batting .315 to lead the way for Arizona. Eduardo Escobar is the team leader with 21 homers and 75 RBIs.
Chacin has had some rough patches this season, but he has held opponents to two earned runs or less for his last three starts. For his last game, he gave up one over five innings in a no-decision versus the Giants. Clarks has started nine games this year with a mixed-bag of results. Last time out, he gave up three earned runs over 3.2 innings in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
These two bullpens are close overall, but Brewers hurlers are seeing more innings of work. Chacin has pitched five innings or more for his last three starts. Clarke has hit five innings or more in four of his 10 appearances on the year.
Milwaukee is riding a three-game winning streak as they get set for tonight’s game. Chacin has looked pretty good recently, while Clarke has been hit or miss on the year. We’re rolling with the Brewers for the final game on this evening’s parlay ticket.