The Covid shortened 2020 MLB season is approximately three-quarters of the way finished. The top playoff teams will start separating themselves from the pack. Keep reading for the must bet games of the week.
MLB Must Bet Games Sept 14-20
Monday, Sep 14
Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
The Twins and White Sox are within a game of each other for the AL Central lead. Minnesota sends Jose Berrios to the mound. Berrios has discovered his best stuff. His ERA is now 4.40. The last time he faced the White Sox he held Chicago to 1 earned run off 3 hits in 6 innings.
Oakland A’s at Seattle Mariners
A’s starter Mike Minor is 0-5 with a 6.35 ERA. Minor’s away ERA is 8.10. Seattle ran Mike off the mound after 6 innings in the last matchup. The Mariners scored 4 earned runs off 5 hits.
Tuesday, Sep 15
St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty is one of the better starters in the NL. He’s 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA. Flaherty hasn’t faced the Brewers yet this season, but his 1.03 WHIP means he’ll keep Milwaukee batters off the bases.
Arizona Cardinals at L.A. Angels
It’s Madison Bumgarner versus Julio Teheran. If this were 2015, we could expect a pitchers’ duel. Not in 2020. MadBum’s ERA is 7.52. Julio has an 8.23 ERA. No matter who you like to win the game, lean towards the over.
Wednesday, Sep 16
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego Padres
The Dodgers are the best squad in the National League. San Diego might be the second best team. LAD dominated Friars starter Chris Paddock on August 13. But on August 3, Paddock held the Dodgers to 3 runs off 5 hits in 6 innings. Don’t blindly back the Dodgers in this one. Who knows? Maybe, Paddock rediscovers his best stuff.
Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
Tanner Roark is up against it on Wednesday. The Yankees are powerful at the plate. But although Roark and the Jays are dogs, NYY starter Gerrit Cole has lost control in more than one game this season. Here’s another that requires a closer look to find the winner.
Thursday, Sep 17
New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies
If they decided on the NL Cy Young winner in mid-September, everyone might vote for Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom. He’s 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA. When Jacob faced the Phillies on Sep. 6, he dominated, throwing 7 innings, allowing a single run off 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 12.
Cleveland at Detroit Tigers
Cleveland ace Shane Bieber is 7-1 with a 1.53 ERA. Last time he faced Detroit, Shane shut out the Tigers and allowed just 3 hits in a 3-0 Cleveland win.
Friday, Sep 18
Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
The Marlins start one of their top pitchers in the first game of a double-header against the Nationals on Friday. Sixto Sanchez is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a .92 WHIP. Even in games where the Marlins lose, Sixto dominates. Washington isn’t a good enough team to beat Sanchez on Friday. So, it comes down to backing the Marlins SU or on the run line.
Minnesota Twins at Chicago Cubs
This is a huge game. Twins and Cubs are in division fights. So, they both will want to win this. Minnesota listed starter Rich Hill has a 3.81 ERA. Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks’ is much better at home than on the road, though. Keep that in mind when you decide the winner.
Saturday, Sep 19
Minnesota Twins at Chicago Cubs
In a couple of games, Saturday Twins starter Michael Pineda has dominated. Pineda’s 2.77 ERA and .92 WHIP makes Minnesota the favorite over the Cubs on Sep. 19.
Texas Rangers at L.A. Angels
The Rangers won’t make the playoffs. It won’t be Lance Lynn’s fault. Texas’ starter versus the Angels in this has a 2.52 ERA. He held the Angels to 1 earned run off 4 hits in 7 innings on Sep. 8.
Sunday, Sep 20
Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles
Tampa Bay pitcher Ryan Yarborough has had his ups and downs. His ERA in the past 7 days is at 13.50. The O’s may not capitalize, though, because their starter, Keegan Akin, has a 54.0 ERA in the past 7 days. Expect the bullpens to determine which team wins this matchup on Sunday.
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
Yankees versus Red Sox this season has lost its allure. New York is 5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox are 14.5 games behind the Rays. But this game could be intriguing because the Yankees start 21-year-old Deivi Garcia. The Dominican Republic born pitcher is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA and .91 WHIP. He could be the Yankees next great young ace.