A 12-game Monday night MLB slate provides us with plenty of different options for tonight’s parlay ticket. A number of intriguing series get underway this evening with solid pitching matchups to boot. Here are the three games we’ll be zeroing in on.
The first game on our ticket takes us to the nation’s capital for the opener of a four-game set between National League East rivals. The Philadelphia Phillies will be on the road in Washington to take on the Nationals. An interesting pitching matchups is on tap for tonight’s contest.
Next up, we head to Texas for the first of four between the visiting Cleveland Indians and the Rangers. Both clubs are in 2nd place in their divisions, but they have a lot of ground to make up on the division-leading Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros.
The final game on our ticket is the first of a three-game series between two of the most dangerous offenses in MLB. The Boston Red Sox will be in Minnesota to take on the Twins. The streaking Red Sox have won five in a row as they get for tonight’s tilt, while the Twins are 3-2 over their last five.
That’s three solid games to look forward to for what should be another exciting night of MLB action. Let’s take a look at all three of our games in full detail, starting with the meeting in DC.
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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals, 7:05 PM EST, MASN
Phillies vs. Nationals Pick:
The Phillies spent the weekend in Atlanta for a series with the Braves. They dropped two of three, including a 15-1 pasting in yesterday’s finale. The Nationals were home splitting a four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The bats came alive yesterday as the team cruised to a 15-5 victory.
Philadelphia wraps up a seven-game road trip with this series. They have gone 1-2 thus far and check in with a mark of 16-18 in away games on the season. The Nationals are in the midst of an 11-game homestand, going 2-2 thus far. The club is 17-17 at home for the year.
The offenses are pretty close, but the Nationals get the edge on long balls and have been more productive of late. JT Realmuto is batting .277 to lead the Phillies, but he’s currently day-to-day. Rhys Hoskins tops the team with 15 homers, and he’s tied with Bryce Harper for the lead in RBIs with 49. Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with a 3.21 BA, 16 HRs, and 50 ribbies.
Arrieta has been pretty consistent for the year, but he has had a few spots in which he has allowed four earned runs or more. For his last start, he allowed three over six innings in a win over the Diamondbacks. Corbin was solid to start the year, but he has had some trouble in recent outings. Last time out, he gave up seven earned runs over five innings in a loss to the Chicago White Sox.
The Phillies bullpen is middle of the road, but it’s still better than what the Nationals bring to the table. Arrieta has lasted six innings or more in four of his last six starts. Corbin has pitched five innings or more for four of his last five.
Both clubs are 5-5 over their last 10 games, but the Nationals fared better over the weekend. However, Corbin’s recent struggles and three straight losses are concerning and a red flag. We’re rolling with the Phillies in an upset for game one on our ticket.
Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers, 8:05 PM EST, FSSW
Indians vs. Rangers Pick:
The Indians played host to the Detroit Tigers this weekend. It couldn’t have gone any better as they won all three games by a combined score of 25-6. The Rangers were on the road for three with the Cincinnati Reds. They took the first two, but were pounded yesterday to the tune of 11-3.
Cleveland continues a seven-game road trip with tonight’s tilt for which they are 3-0 so far. The team is 17-16 on the road thus far. Texas just wrapped up a 4-3 road trip. They’ll be home for the next seven games. On the year, the Rangers are 24-12 at home.
The Rangers have the advantage at the plate, but the Indians have been more productive over the last five games. Francisco Lindor is batting .299 to lead Cleveland. Carlos Santana is tops on the team with 14 homers and 42 RBIs. Elvis Andrus is batting .303 to lead Texas. Joey Gallo leads with 17 HRs, while Hunter Pence is tops with 48 ribbies.
This will be Clevinger’s third start back since returning from the 60-day IL with a back injury. He has held opponents off the scoreboard in both games. Last time out, he got the win with five scoreless innings versus the Toronto Blue Jays. Lynn has started 14 games and shown a good amount of consistency in recent times. For his last outing, he gave up three earned runs in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.
The Indians have one of the best bullpens in MLB, while the Rangers are middle of the pack. Clevinger has pitched seven and five innings through two starts. Lynn has lasted six innings or more for each of his last nine.
The Indians are hot having won three in a row and four of their last five games. Clevinger has looked great in his return, while the team’s bullpen continues to get the job done. We like the Indians for game two on our ticket.
Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins, 8:10 PM EST, FSN
Red Sox vs. Twins Pick:
The Red Sox were in Baltimore over the weekend for three games with the Orioles. The club swept the series, outscoring the hosts by a combined 28-10 along the way. The Twins were home for a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals. They won the first two, but fell in Sunday’s finale by a score of 8-6.
Boston wraps up a six-game road swing with this series. The team has gone 3-0 thus far and checks in at 22-17 in away games for the year. Minnesota closes out a six-game homestand with this set. They have gone 2-1 so far and stand at 23-11 in home games on the season.
Red Sox bats have been hotter over the last five games, but the Twins boast one of the top offenses in MLB. Rafael Devers is batting .306 to lead Boston. JD Martinez leads the team with 16 homers, while Xander Bogaerts is tops with 47 ribbies.
Porcello has been hit or miss overall, but he has delivered a number of solid starts this year. Last time out, he gave up two earned runs over 6.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Rangers. Berrios has been very solid this season with the exception of a few blowup spots. For his last start, he gave up a single earned run over 6.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Seattle Mariners.
The Red Sox have the overall advantage here, but it’s not a game changer. Porcello has lasted six innings or more for nine of his last 10 starts. Berrios has pitched six innings or more for his last four games in a row, and five or more for nine of his last 10.
The Red Sox are riding a five-game winning streak and have had lively bats along the way. However, they’ll be running into a club that’s strong at home and a pitcher who has allowed a single earned run in three of his last four starts. We’ll take the Twins for the final game on our ticket.