With hockey and basketball playoffs at the conference finals, baseball has taken a back seat. However, there are three games you need to keep an eye on this week. Let’s get started.
MLB Betting Analysis May 13 – May 20
St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves
When: Wednesday, May 8 at 7:20 pm ET
Where: SunTrust Park, Smyrna, GA
Betting Analysis: The Cardinals battle the Braves in a key NL matchup on Wednesday. St. Louis sends Michael Wacha to the mound. Wacha has a 5.35 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Not only that, but the Braves bat a huge .366 against him.
Atlanta counters Wacha with pitcher Mike Soroka. Soroka’s stats are much better than Wacha’s. His ERA is a terrific 1.21. His WHIP is 1.04 while his record is 3-1. The 21-year-old Brave could be the next great NL starter.
He hasn’t allowed more than 1 earned run in 5 starts this season. The Cardinals are the best team he’s faced yet. Even though that’s true, Soroka has 31 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched. He should control St. Louis while Wacha could give up 3 to 4 runs.
Pick: Atlanta Braves
Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox
When: Saturday, May 18 at 7:15 pm ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Betting Analysis: One of the best rivalries in baseball resumes on Saturday when top AL squads Houston and Boston clash at Fenway. The Astros list Corbin Martin as their starter. Martin, a 23-year-old, hasn’t started a game this season. He did pitch 5.1 innings in a 15-5 Houston victory over the Texas Rangers on May 12. In that matchup, Martin struck out 9 and gave up 2 earned runs off 3 hits.
Boston lists ace Chris Sale as their May 18 starter. Sale is 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA. He may have turned his form around in the last couple of starts, though. He threw 6 innings and gave up no earned runs off 3 hits in a 6-1 win over the White Sox. Against the Orioles on May 8, Sale threw 8 innings and gave up only 1 earned run off 3 hits in a 2-1 Boston win.
Sale should lead the Red Sox to victory on Saturday.
Pick: Boston Red Sox
Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals
When: Sunday, May 19 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Betting Analysis: Sunday’s ESPN nationally broadcast game has the Chicago Cubs traveling to Nationals Park to take on Washington. The team from D.C. looks to be up against it. Jeremy Hellickson, their Sunday starter, is in bad form. He’s allowed a combined 8 runs off 11 hits in his last 9.1 innings pitched.
In his last game, Hellickson only threw for 4 innings. Chicago only bats .220 against Hellickson, but the Cubs are on a roll. Chicago has won 11-of-13 in the past two weeks. They’ll get to Hellickson early.
Pick: Chicago Cubs