The A's have lost three of their last four games, lost the first game of this series, and they have the 2nd fewest wins in the AL. They are in last place in the AL West 22 games back of the Houston Astros. On top of that they are tied with the Reds and the Phillies for the fewest road wins in the Majors. The Blue Jays snapped their three-game losing streak with their win over the A's yesterday and they are in the basement of the AL East nine games out of first place. They got the W yesterday, but they have only totaled nine runs in their last four games. Gray has been on the trading block and this may be his last start for Oakland. He has pitched well as of late and look for him to have another strong outing against a Toronto lineup that has struggled lately. Valdez will be familiar with the Oakland bats since he was on the squad this season, but the A's will still tag him up for a few runs. Gray will be the star in this game and lead the A's to a win north of the border.
The Marlins have lost three of their last four games and they are in 4th place in the NL East 14 games back of the Washington Nationals. Their pitching has been solid as of late giving up 11 runs in their last four games with six of them coming in the lone loss in that span. The Rangers had won three in a row before losing the first game of this interleague series. While they are 18 games out of first place in the AL West they are only 3.5 games out of the Wild Card. Straily has not been particularly sharp in his last two starts and I don’t expect him to be in this game. The Rangers were shut out in yesterday’s game, but they will make up for that by getting several runs tonight. Hamels was shelled in his last start, but back at home where the Rangers have won his last three starts, he will have a good outing. With that and the Texas lineup waking up after taking the game off yesterday they will get the win.
The Royals are hot winners of five in a row and they are now only 1.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. While they only rank 25th in the Majors in runs scored they have totaled 39 runs in their five game win streak with 16 coming in their last game facing the Tigers. Detroit has won two of their last three games and they are in 4th place in the AL Central 6.5 games out of first place. These teams just recently met in a three-game set in Kansas City where the Tigers won the first game and the Royals won the last two. Hammel is coming off a good start and while he will be ok in this one he will not hold the Tigers lineup in check. Verlander has been pretty good in his last couple of outings and unlike his last few outings he will get some run support. He has been a better pitcher at home this season and he will the Tigers to the win and snap the Royals win streak.
The Nationals had lost two in a row before winning the 2nd game of this series yesterday. They are running away with the NL East 11 games up on the 2nd place Atlanta Braves. Bryce Harper went deep in yesterday’s gave and he has three HR in his last four games. The Diamondbacks had won two in a row before losing Game 2 yesterday. While they still have a sizeable lead in the NL Wild Card they have lost 10 of their last14 games and they are in 2nd place in the NL West 11 games back of the L.A. Dodgers. Great pitching match up in this game and it will be a pitcher’s duel and a low scoring affair. Strasburg will have the better outing and he will lead the Nats to win and they will take this series.
The Red Sox have lost two of their last three games and they are in first place in the AL East 3,5 games up on the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. The Red Sox have a great team ERA on the season, but in the two losses in their last three games they have given up 15 runs. The Angels have won two of their last three games and they are in 3rd place in the AL West 18 games back of the Houston Astros. L.A. will have to rely on the Wild Card to make the playoffs and they are 3.5 games out of the AL Wild Card. Porcello has had two solid starts in a row, but the lineup has not helped him out much. The reigning Cy Young winner will have another good outing today and the Red Sox will get to Bidwell and gets some runs off him. Boston will win this series finale and win the series in the process.
The A's have lost three of their last four games and they are in the basement of the AL West 21 games back of the Houston Astros. They have only scored eight runs in the three games they have lost in their last four and they have struggled at the plate and on the mound on the season. The Mets have won three in a row after dropping three straight and they are in 3rd place in the NL East 13 games out of first place. In their three game win streak they have outscored their opponents 17-10. Manaea has been one of the bright spots for the Oakland staff and look for him to have a good outing tonight in the Big Apple. On the other side of the coin Wheeler has been struggling lately and while the A's lineup is not an imposing one they will tag him up tonight. Oakland will take the 2nd game of this series evening it at a game apiece.
The Marlins have lost two in a row and five of their last six games and they are in 4th place in the NL East 14.5 games out of first place. They were outscored 15-5 in losing their last two games to the Phillies, who have the worst record in the Majors. The Reds are reeling losers of six of their last seven games and they are in the basement of the NL Central 10.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers. They have the worst team ERA in baseball and in their last seven games they have given up at least 10 runs four times. Urena has been one of the bright spots of the Miami staff this season, but was rocked in his last outing. However, he will have a good start tonight facing a struggling Reds lineup that has only scored nine runs in their last four games. Bailey has been shelled in three of his five starts this season and he will not have a good outing in this game. Miami will chase him out early and with Urena giving them a good start they will win the first game of this NL series.
This is the first match-up between the two sides, so there is not much to look back to. The New York Red Bulls are coming into this match after recording a massive win at home, and they will surely not fear the new-comers who have been awful in their maiden season in the MLS.
Houston have a severe problem up front now that Eric Torres is missing, and DC United should be feeling really frustrated because of their spectacular loss on Wednesday. DC United have had the upper hand as hosts in this match-up over the years (10-7-4), but they have won just one of their last 5 matches as hosts (1-2-2). DC United will be looking to exploit their opponents' absences, and hopefully they haven't been demoralized by the way they lost to the Sounders mid-week.
New York City FC will be keen to grab all 3 points here, as they feel like they were robbed by Toronto on Wednesday, but don't expect Chicago to go down without a fight. They have been slightly better in this match-up (2-1-2), while they have remained undefeated in 3 matches at home (1-0-2). While this looks like a home win to me, I would rather go with Both Teams to Score here, as Chicago are having a pretty solid season.
The Tigers have lost two in a row after winning four straight and they sit in 4th place in the AL Central 5.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians. They scored a total of 36 runs in winning four in a row, but in losing two straight they have been outscored 20-7. Detroit has the best division record in the AL Central at 22-18. The Twins have won two of their last three games and while they only rank 26th in the Majors in team ERA they have given up only 16 runs in their last five games. Minnesota is only ½ game out of first place in the division with the Indians losing six of their last seven games. Santana was an All Star this season and ranks tied for 2nd in the AL in wins and 3rd in ERA. His last two starts have been good ones and while the Twins have only won one of his last five home games and they have the worst home record in the AL they will get the W tonight behind their Ace.
The Rangers have lost four in a row and in losing the first three games of this series they have been outscored 25-4. They have given up double-digits in runs in their last two games and in losing four in a row have only totaled seven runs. Texas is in 4th place in the AL West 17.5 games out of first place. The Orioles have looked great in this series and nothing like the team that was swept at home in a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs in their first series after the All Star break. They sit in 4th place in the AL East eight games back of the Boston Red Sox. Hamels has been lights out as of late not giving up any earned runs in his last two starts and he will have another strong outing in this series finale. Facing Miley the Texas lineup will snap out of their funk and tag the struggling hurler up for several runs. Behind Hamel and a solid offensive performance the Rangers will win this game and avoid the series sweep.
The Yankees have lost three of their last four games and with them slumping for the last few weeks they are now in 3rd place in the AL East 4.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox. In their last four games they have only totaled three runs in the three losses and six runs in the lone win. The Mariners have been hot as of late winning six of their last seven games. While they are 15.5 games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West they are only 1.5 games out of the AL Wild Card. Seattle’s last six games have been on the road and while they are only 2-9 in their last 11 home games those two wins have come in their last three games in their house. Both pitchers in tonight’s match up are coming off solid outings, but have to take King Felix and the Mariners in this one with the Yankees’ lineup struggling to score runs. Seattle will take this game moving over .500 on the season and hand New York their 4th loss in their last five games.
I would consider a small play on Miami just in case something crazy happens this year, but the reality of the situation is the New England is not only the best team in this division, it is still the best team in the NFL. This fact tends to drain most of the value from the Patriots’ prohibitive -1000 odds to win a ninth-straight AFC East title just in case something crazy does happen.
It is hard to go against Pittsburgh winning this division again in 2017. Baltimore showed signs of turning things around last season, but the gap in talent between the Steelers and the other three AFC North teams is still too wide, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
The next generation of NASCAR drivers have really stepped up their game this season led by Larson and this week it could be time for another young gun to make his first trip to Victory Lane racing at the sport’s highest level. I have been a big Chase Elliott fan since he took over the reins of the No. 24 Chevrolet and I really like the value in his +1200 odds to win this race. He has been stalking the field all year long with six Top 5 runs and he is holding down the sixth spot in the standings with 587 total points. All he needs is a break or two on Sunday to finally cross that finish line first. This will be Elliott’s third career run at Indianapolis in a Cup Series event.
This week’s contest should let bettors know whether last week’s loss to Montreal was just a blip on the radar or a sign of further trouble for what was perceived to be the CFL’s top team. Calgary has had its troubles with the Alouettes in the past and I am fairly confident that Bo Levi Mitchell and this high-powered offense will get things back up to speed with a SU win on Saturday night that covers ATS.
These teams have split the first two games of this series and they have both been one-run games. Overall, the Blue Jays have lost three of their last four games and they are in the basement of the AL East nine games back of the Red Sox. Toronto has totaled 14 runs in their last four games. After losing two in a row the Red Sox have won two of their last three games and while they are in first place in the AL East they are only two games up on the surging Tampa Bay Rays. Boston isled by their pitching and while they have a good lineup they have not scored more than five runs in their last eight games. Sanchez is coming off a good start, but was shelled in his previous two starts and while he may not get shelled in this game he will not have a good outing. On the other side of the coin Pomeranz will bounce back from a less than impressive outing in his last start and lead the Red Sox to the win.
The Nationals are red hot winners of six in a row and they have opened up an 11.5 game lead in the NL Central over the 2nd place Atlanta Braves. They have outscored their opponents 49-20 in their six game win streak. The Nationals drew first blood in yesterday’s game scoring first and when they have scored first this season they are 40-13. The Angels have lost three of their last four games and they are in 4th place in the AL West 18 games back of the Houston Astros. They have only scored 11 runs in their last four games and in the five games since reigning MVP Mike Trout is back he has hit safely in every game and went deep and had a HR in the loss to the Nats in the last game. Gonzalez has been solid as of late and it will help that the potent lineup will help him out with several runs of support in this game. Nolasco has pitched well as of late at home, but he will get lit up in this game. Take the Nationals to win and sweep the two-game set.