Welcome to Week 7 of the 2015 Major League Baseball season and the division races are heating up with the Houston Astros out of the AL and St. Louis Cardinals out of the NL setting the pace with 25 wins a piece.
MLB Best Bets of the Week May 18th to 24th
Milwaukee at Detroit
When: Wednesday, May 20th
Milwaukee sends pitcher Kyle Lohse to the mound to face off against Detroit’s ultra-impressive offense. In 62 at-bats versus Lohse, Detroit has 19 hits for a .306 batting average. The Tigers have hit 6 home runs against Lohse.
Detroit counters with Shane Greene. Greene is penciled in as the starter on Wednesday. His ERA is 4.21 while his WHIP is 1.21. Greene can be either very effective or not effective at all. It sort of depends on how he’s feeling physically. Detroit has some injury concerns as well. All in all, this might be one of those times to go against the low-priced favorite, Shane Greene, and hope that Lohse steps up enough for the upset.
St. Louis at Kansas City
When: Friday, May 22nd
This should be a bang up interleague matchup between two of the best in MLB this season. Although the record doesn’t show it at 2 and 3, Lance Lynn, the Cardinals’ starter on Friday, can dominate at times. His ERA is only 3.27 while he sports a 1.28 WHIP. The over 1.20 WHIP is one of the reasons that Lynn’s record is only at 2 and 3.
Lynn faces the talented Kansas City Royals on Friday. The Royals are 24 and 14 going into the week. Manager Ned Yost is starting pitcher Chris Young who’s making it seem like it’s 2008. Young has a .94 ERA and a .63 WHIP. With Young on the mound, it’s hard seeing the Cardinals scoring enough runs to counter KC’s bullpen shutting them down in the later innings.
Seattle at Toronto
When: Saturday, May 23rd
Seattle pitcher James Paxton hasn’t been nearly as effective this season as he was last season. His numbers are okay, a 3.74 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP, but he is only 1 and 2 on the season. When it comes to Paxton’s stats versus Toronto, it’s downright scary if you are a Mariners’ fan. Paxton has allowed 8 hits in only 18 at bats versus Toronto players. He allows Toronto to hit .444.
Toronto counters Paxton with young Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez is still developing. So far, he’s looked okay with an ERA of 4.26 and a WHIP of 1.61. Sanchez might actually have an easier time of it versus the Mariners because Seattle doesn’t score a lot of runs. Back Sanchez and Toronto, who could be the dogs versus Seattle on Saturday.