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Both teams are in need of a win in this game, as both are currently on the outside looking in on the playoffs. The Phillies are in desperation mode, and they likely need to win out and get a lot of help to make the playoffs. The Indians also need to finish well, but they are only one game out of the 2nd AL Wild Card. The Indians were hot until the Game 2 loss, and they will get hot again in this game getting to Vasquez and the Philadelphia bullpen. Plutko will have another steady outing, and with him getting help, Cleveland will take this game, which is their last home one of the season.
The Diamondbacks have their backs against the walls in their push for the playoffs, but at least they have a hot hurler on the mound and face the struggling Padres. Kelly has been pitching well as of late, and in his first start of the month, he got a win facing the Padres where he did not give up any earned runs and only allowed three hits. Lauer was roughed up in his last outing where he did not even make it out of the 3rd inning. While Arizona has lost five straight road games, that streak will end in this game. Kelly will have another good start, and Lauer will struggle again. The Diamondbacks will take the first game of this series and keep their faint playoff hopes alive.
To say this is a big series is an understatement. This is the first game of seven remaining for these teams and how those games turn out will affect the playoff picture. Not sure why oddsmakers have the Cardinals as the slight favorite in this one, as Hendricks has been great facing St. Louis and he has pitched great as of late. On top of that the Cubs have won all six home games facing the Cardinals this season. Look for this to be a pitcher’s duel with Hendricks and Flaherty each having great outings. However, the Cubs will find a way to win late and in a close and low scoring affair Chicago will take the first game of this series.
The Padres are reeling, and the last time they won a game Paddack was on the hill. He has pitched great in the previous three games and has not given up any earned runs in his last two starts. The Brewers are hot in their chase for the playoffs, and they are hoping for a good return from Woodruff. However, he struggled in his only start of the season against the Padres and will struggle in a very short outing in this one. San Diego will get him for a few runs and Paddack will have another great start. Add those things up, and you get a San Diego win snapping their five-game losing streak.
Both starters in this game have been pitching well as of late, and the Cardinals have won Hudson's last five home starts. In three of his previous four home starts he did not give up any earned runs including his last one where he pitched six scoreless innings and only allowed one hit in a 10-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. When Hudson opposed Strasburg, both pitched well in a low scoring affair that the Nats won and I look for that to happen again. However, Hudson will have the slightly better outing and this time around the Cardinals will get the win.
The Indians come into this game hotter winners of four in a row, and they took two of three games recently from the Twins and are still home underdogs. I think they have great value in this one, especially with Civale on the hill and he pitched better than Odorizzi when they recently faced each other even though the Twins won. Civale will have the better outing again in this game but this time around the Indians will get the win and put pressure on the Twins in the race for the AL Central title.
The Red Sox are slumping at the wrong time, as their playoff hopes are, pretty much, out the window and to make things worse they recently fired their manager. They have struggled at the plate and on the mound, and they start Chacin, who was pretty bad for the Brewers this season but has been solid in the two relief appearances since joining Boston. Buchholz has not been bad since a long stint on the DL, and he will have a good outing in this game, and it helps to face the struggling Boston lineup. The Blue Jays will get to Chacin in his first start for the Sox and Toronto will get the win and complete the series sweep.
Matz was not sharp in his only start against the D-Backs this season, but he has been in top form in his last several starts. On the other side of the coin Ray, who has not faced the Mets this season, has been dominant against the Mets in his career and while Arizona has won his last two starts, he gave up seven earned runs in those starts. This game will be very similar to the first two in close and low scoring affairs. Just like in those games the Mets will come out on top in this game, as Matz will have the better outing. The Mets will win again and go for the sweep of the series on Thursday.
Both teams have been playing well as of late, especially the Rays. They have been led by their pitching on the season, and in their five-game win streak, they have only allowed ten runs. Yarbrough has not had the best last two starts, but Tampa has won seven of his previous eight starts. Like his last two starts he will get some help from the lineup, which will get to Lynn for a few runs early. Lynn will not have a bad outing, but not a good one either. The Rays will not light it up at the dish but have a pretty good game there and add that with a solid start from Yarbrough, and you get a Rays win in Game 1 of this series.
The Phillies have won all four of Nola’s starts against the Braves where he was great in two of them, but the lineup bailed him out in the two others. Foltynewicz has pitched well as of late in his audition to get into the Atlanta playoff rotation, and he will have another solid outing in this game. There will not be much offense in this game, as both starters will pitch well. The Braves will come up with a few runs, and in a low scoring game, they will win Game 1 in a low scoring affair.
The Cardinals have been hot for a few weeks, and they swept the Pirates the last time facing them in Pittsburgh. They have hit Musgrove hard this season, as in four starts against St. Louis he is 0-4 with an ERA of 10.00. Mikolas gave up five earned runs in his last start against the Pittsburgh, but the has two straight quality starts since then. He will have a good outing in this game while Musgrove will not. The Cardinals have had the Pirates number in their house winning 10 of their last 11 games facing them in Pittsburgh, and that will continue with them winning Game 1 of this division series.
These teams met in the series before their last one in Chicago where the Brewers took the previous two games after losing the first one. The Brewers lone loss in the last series with the Cubs has the pitching matchup for this game, and in that Milwaukee loss, Anderson was lit up while Quintana had a great outing. I look for the same to happen in this game. Anderson has given up 15 earned runs in each of his last two road starts, and the Chicago lineup will get to him early and often in this game. Quintana will have his 2nd straight quality start, and the Cubs will take this game on the road where they are the betting favorite.
The Twins come into this game as the much hotter team, and they have been great on their current road trip. Both starters were pretty good in their last outing, and I look for Berrios to have the better one in this game for his 2nd great start against Boston this season. While these are two of the three highest-scoring teams in MLB, I see a pitching duel in this game and with Berrios have the better outing the Twins will take this game and go for the series sweep on Thursday.
Great pitching matchup in this game with 2017 Cy Young winner Scherzer going up against deGrom, who won the award last season. The Mets have won deGrom's previous seven starts facing the Nats in Washington and his only start there this season was his debut where he tossed five scoreless innings in a 2-0 win. He last faced them August 11th at home where he went five innings in a 7-4 loss, and while he gave up three runs, none of them were earned. The Mets have only scored two runs in deGrom's last two starts. Scherzer has been solid since coming off the DL, but he will likely have another short start, and that is a concern since Washington ranks 2nd to last in MLB in bullpen ERA. I think deGrom will have the better of outings between the Cy Young winners and lead the Mets to a win in what will be a very low scoring pitcher’s duel.
The Diamondbacks are the team chasing a playoff spot and recently won six in a row, and the Padres have won two straight and three of their last four games. Quantrill was lit up in his previous start while solid in his few before that while Leake had a good previous outing while struggling in his last three outings. I think Quantrill will have the better start in this one while the San Diego lineup will get to Leake early and often. The Padres will get the win in this one with a solid all-around game winning their 3rd straight and sending the D-Backs to their 2nd straight loss.
The Mets’ lineup has been solid at the dish in this series, and they may need to keep that going if Stroman pitches as he did in his last outing. He has not been that great since coming to the Mets with an ERA of 4.93 in five starts, but he will have a decent outing in this game. In two starts against the Mets, this season Eflin has not had much success against the Mets and look for that to continue in this game. This series finale will be a close one and far from a pitcher's duel, and New York's lineup will be the difference-maker getting it done and leading the team to a win in this game to complete the three-game sweep.
The Orioles have had a season to forget, but they have played well as of late, and the pitching has been the main reason. The Royals are reeling, and they only scored two runs in Game 1 of this series and only totaled two runs in losing two games to the Orioles on the road in a recent series. Lopez was on the hill in the only win for Kansas City in their latest road series against the Orioles, but he will struggle in this game like his last outing when he was shelled. Bundy will have a good outing, and this will be a lower scoring game unlike Game 1, but the outcome will be the same, as Baltimore will win the game and look for the series sweep on Sunday.
Neither starter in this game has been pitching well in their last few starts, and Sabathia has had four straight starts where he did not make it to the 5th inning. The Yankees have been lighting up with the long ball and Judge has been on fire as of late. I don't think either starter will pitch that well in this game, but the Yankees will come out on top with solid bullpen work, and their lineup will get it done at the dish. New York will extend their win streak to five games taking the first game of this series and avenge getting swept by Oakland on the road last week.