We have a light seven-game slate for MLB to contend with this evening. Short slates afford us the opportunity to better focus our research efforts. We have done just that and come up with our three favorite matchups of the evening to make up tonight’s parlay ticket.
The first game we will be keying in on will see the Baltimore Orioles head to New York for the opener of a three-game series with the Yankees. The Orioles finally stopped the bleeding of a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 home win over the Los Angeles Angeles on Sunday, while the Yankees took two of three on the road over the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend.
Next up is an intriguing National League battle in the City of Brotherly Love. The Milwaukee Brewers will be on the road to face the Phillies in the first of a four-game weekday series. The Brewers are in 2nd place in the NL Central, two games back of the 1st place Chicago Cubs. The Phillies are atop the NL East, three games ahead of the 2nd place Atlanta Braves.
The final game on our parlay ticket is a West Coast affair as the Oakland A’s hit the road for the start of a brief two-game set with the Seattle Mariners. Just a half-game separates these two squads in the American League West standings, but they are both at risk of falling into also-ran status behind the red-hot division-leading Houston Astros.
While there aren’t many games on the docket, it should still be a solid night of action on the diamond across the nation. Let’s take a look at all three of our selected contests in full detail, starting with the game in the Bronx.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees, 6:35 PM EST, YES
Orioles vs. Yankees Pick:
The Orioles were home for a series with the Angels this weekend. After dropping the first two games by a combined score of 15-5, the club bounced back for the win on Sunday. Baltimore is in the last place in the AL East, 10.5 games back of the 1st place Rays. The Yankees are now just a half-game behind Tampa Bay after taking two of three from them over the weekend. In the finale, it was New York by a score of 7-1.
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Prior to the series with the Angels, the Orioles were home for three with the Boston Red Sox, losing two of three in that series as well. On the road this season, Baltimore checks in with a record of 8-11. The Yankees are 13-9 at home on the year. Before heading to Tampa Bay, the team took three of four at home over the Seattle Mariners.
It’s a rebuilding year in Baltimore, and that’s reflected in the product that the team is putting on the field. Trey Mancini leads the team with a .318 BA. Dwight Smith Jr. tops the club with eight homers and 27 RBIs. DJ LeMahieu is batting .333 to lead the Yankees. Gary Sanchez leads the team with 11 HRs, while Luke Voit is tops with 30 ribbies.
Hess has been hit or miss this season through eight appearances. Last time out, he lasted four innings versus the Red Sox, giving up three earned runs. Loaisiga has only appeared in four games this season, lasting four innings or less in all of them. His last outing was his worst of the year as the Mariners tagged him for four earned runs over four innings of work.
The Yankees have a clear edge once the relievers get involved. The Baltimore pen is one of the poorest in MLB on a statistical basis. Since both starters aren’t known for lasting a long time, we could see several hurlers on both sides this evening. That’s an advantage for New York.
The Yankees are looking like one of the top squads in the AL this season. We can’t say the same about the rebuilding Orioles. We’ll take the hosts to get the win for game one on our ticket.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7:00 PM EST, ESPN
Brewers vs. Phillies Pick:
The Brewers were in Chicago for three with the Cubs over the weekend. They took the opener by a score of 7-0 before dropping the final two games of the set. This series marks the beginning of a 10-game road trip for the club. The Phillies will be returning home this evening after six straight on the road. The club spent the weekend in Kansas City, taking two of three over the Royals.
Before hitting the road, Milwaukee had won its last six games at home via series sweeps over the New York Mets and Washington Nationals. The team is 8-10 in away games this season. Prior to the series with the Royals, the Phillies were in St. Louis for three with the Cardinals. They lost the first game by a score of 6-0, but bounced back tow win the final two by a combined margin of 16-1.
The offenses are in line overall, but the Brewers have a clear edge when it comes to the long ball. Christian Yelich is the biggest force for the Brewers. He’s batting .338 with 16 homers and 37 RBIs to lead the team. Ryan Braun has contributed eight HRs and 23 ribbies. For the Phillies, Jean Segura leads with a .306 BA. Rhys Hoskins is tops on the team with 11 homers and 35 RBIs.
Peralta has been roughed up a few times this year, but he delivered his best outing of the year last time out. He pitched five scoreless innings to get the win over the Nationals last week. Nola hit a rough patch in the early part of the year, but he has settled down over his last three starts. He has allowed only one earned run in each of those appearances.
There’s no discernible edge when it comes to the bullpens. The Phillies are allowing more men on base, but the Brewers are allowing more to cross the plate. It’s a coin flip once the relievers get involved in this series.
These two clubs bring matching records of 7-3 over their last 10 games to the table for tonight’s festivities. It should be a good series overall, but we like the Phillies to get the victory for the second game on tonight’s parlay ticket.
Oakland A’s vs. Seattle Mariners, 10:10 PM EST, MLBN
A’s vs. Mariners Pick:
The A’s were at home this weekend for a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians. They took the first two games of the set, but fell in the final game on Sunday by a score of 5-3. The Mariners spent the weekend in Boston getting hammered by the Red Sox. The club lost all three games in the series, and they were outscored by a combined margin of 34-7 while doing so.
Early last week, Oakland played host to the Cincinnati Reds. They took two of three, losing the final game by a score of 3-0. On the road for the year, the A’s check in with a record of just 5-13. The Mariners haven’t been much better at home with a record of 7-11 to date. Before being pounded by the Red Sox, the club dropped three of four on the road to the New York Yankees.
Seattle has a clear edge on offense, but the team’s bats have been hit or miss of late. For Oakland, Matt Chapman leads the team with a .280 BA. He’s also tied for the team lead in homers with Khris Davis at 10. Dee Gordon is batting .304 to lead the Mariners. Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce are tied for the team lead in home runs with 12 each.
Prior to throwing a no-hit gem last time out, Fiers had been pretty up and down on the year. He was winless in his previous five outings, giving up a total of 23 earned runs along the way. Kikuchi has started nine games this season. He’s been pretty consistent, allowing four earned runs or less in all of his outings. Last time out, he picked up the win over the Yankees while allowing a single earned run.
The clear advantage goes to the A’s when it comes to the relief corps. While Seattle closers have doubled their counterparts in saves, the Oakland pen is putting up better numbers on an overall basis in more innings of work to boot.
The Mariners return home tonight after an absolutely dreadful road trip. This is a team that started out the year at 13-2 before leveling off considerably. Perhaps a return to some familiar surroundings will help the squad begin to turn things back around. We’ll look for that to happen tonight as the hosts get the win in the final game of this evening’s parlay ticket.