It’s a busy Monday for MLB with 14 games on the docket. Just one of those games is an afternoon affair, which leaves us with 13 contests to consider for this evening’s parlay ticket. Here are the three games we’ll be zeroing in on.
First up is an interleague battle in the Windy City. The Oakland Athletics will be in Chicago for the opener of a three-game set with the Cubs. Both clubs enter tonight’s contest riding three-game winning streaks, and they also have matching records of 4-1 over their last five outings.
Next is another interleague battle out at Target Field in Minnesota. The Atlanta Braves are on the road for the first of three with the Twins. Oddsmakers are viewing this meeting of division leaders as close to being a toss-up, but there’s a healthy projected run total attached as well.
The final game on our ticket is a meeting of two top National League squads in Los Angeles. The St. Louis Cardinals remain on the West Coast for the first of a three-game series with the Dodgers. The visitors are riding a two-game losing streak, while the hosts have won their last two in a row.
That’s three solid games to look forward to for a busy night of MLB action. Let’s take a look at our selections in full detail, starting with the battle at Wrigley Field.
Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM EST, ESPN
Athletics vs. Cubs pick:
Over the weekend, Oakland spent the weekend at home playing host to the Cardinals. They won both games in the brief set by a combined score of 12-5. Chicago was home playing host to the Milwaukee Brewers. They swept all three games by a combined margin of 17-5.
Tonight’s tilt marks the start of an eight-game road swing for the Athletics. The team is 27-25 on the road for the year. The Cubs close out a six-game homestand with this series. They’re 39-18 on the home field this season. This series will be the only regular season meetings for the two clubs
These two offenses are real close statistically, and they have been producing at a similar clip recently as well. Ramon Laureano is batting .284 to lead the Athletics. Matt Chapman is the team leader with 24 homers and 64 RBIs. Javier Baez leads the way for the Cubs with a .288 BA, 26 HRs, and 73 ribbies. Anthony Rizzo has chipped in with 21 dongs and 71 RBIs.
Bassitt is having a pretty good season overall with wins in four of his last 10 starts. Last time out, he held the Brewers off the scoreboard for six innings in a no-decision. Over his last six starts, Hendricks has given up a total of eight earned runs, but he has only one win to show for it. That came in his last outing when he held the Cardinals scoreless for seven innings.
This is another area where the teams aren’t too far apart, but Oakland relievers have seen more innings of work. Bassitt has pitched five innings or more for eight of his last 10 starts. Hendricks has also lasted five innings or greater for eight of his last 10 outings.
This is an interesting interleague set between two clubs who are playing well and riding three-game winning streaks. It’s a pretty solid pitching matchup for the opener, but Hendricks has been playing that much better of late. We like the Cubs for game one on our ticket.
Atlanta Braves vs. Minnesota Twins, 8:10 PM EST, FSN
Braves vs. Twins Pick:
The Braves were home over the weekend splitting a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. The final two games both went 10 innings with each side getting a win. The Twins were home for three with the Kansas City Royals. They picked up the sweep, winning all three by a combined score of 25-12.
This evening’s contest starts off a seven-game road trip for Atlanta. The team is 34-22 in away games on the year. Minnesota continues a 10-game homestand with this series. They’re 34-21 on the home field this season. This set is the only time the clubs will hook up in the regular season.
The Twins have a clear statistical advantage at the plate and the hotter bars over the last five games. Jorge Polanco is batting .299 to lead Minnesota. Nelson Cruz and Max Kelper are tied for the team lead with 30 HRs, while Kepler leads with 76 ribbies. Freddie Freeman leads the way for the Braves with a .301 BA and 86 RBIs. Ronald Acuna Jr. is tops with 27 homers.
Soroka is having an excellent season through 10 starts, but he hasn’t picked up a win since July 14. For his last game, he gave up one earned run over seven innings in a no-decision versus the Washington Nationals. Odorizzi was blown up for nine earned runs two starts ago versus the New York Yankees. He settled down last time out, allowing one over 5.2 innings in a win over the Miami Marlins.
The relief corps for the two teams aren’t that far apart, but Atlanta has the ERA advantage. Soroka has pitched six innings or more for three of his last four starts. Odorizzi has lasted five innings or more for three of his last four appearances.
This is another intriguing interleague series between two teams in the thick of the playoff mix. The Twins are a sizzling 8-2 over the last 10, while the Braves are 6-4 over the same span. For tonight’s game, Soroka has been more consistent recently. We like the Braves for game two on our ticket.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 PM EST, SPSN
Cardinals vs. Dodgers pick:
The Cardinals were in Oakland over the weekend dropping a pair of games to the Athletics by a combined score of 12-5. The Dodgers were home for a four-game series with the San Diego Padres. They won three of four, including an 11-10 win in the finale.
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St. Louis is wrapping up a quick five-game road swing with this series. The team is 27-29 in away games this year. Los Angeles continues a 10-game homestand with tonight’s contest. The club is 43-15 at home on the season. The Cardinals swept a four-game series at home over the Dodgers earlier this year.
Los Angeles has the edge at the plate, as well as the hotter bats over the last five games. Kolten Wong is batting .266 to lead the Cardinals. Paul Godschmidt leads with 25 homers, while Marcell Ozuna is tops with 62 ribbies. Cody Bellinger leads the way for the Dodgers with a .326 BA, 36 HRs, and 85 RBIs. Max Muncy has contributed 27 dongs and 74 ribbies.
Wacha has 19 appearances and 14 starts on the year with mixed results to show for it. Last time out, he gave up one earned run over 4.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Houston Astros. Gonsolin has just two appearances and one start this season. For his last outing, he gave up one earned run over four innings against the Colorado Rockies to get the save.
This is yet another matchup in which the bullpens are in the same range. Most of Wacha’s recent appearances have been 4.2 innings or less, but he has pitched six innings or more in three of his last 10 games. Gonsolin has lasted four innings in both of his outings.
The Dodgers enter tonight’s game with a mark of 7-3 over the last 10 games. The Cardinals are 5-5 over the same span. We’ll probably see the bullpens quite a bit tonight. The Los Angeles bats have been more alive recently. We’re rolling with the Dodgers for the final game on tonight’s ticket.