Baseball is back and if you couldn’t keep up with all the Opening Day action, here is what you need to know if you are betting on MLB this week.
Baseball Top Bets July 27 – Aug 2
Monday, July 27
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres
Arizona listed starter Luke Weaver had a decent 2019. He went 4-3 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Both teams could struggle to find runs. The Padres did combine for 12 runs in their first two games of the season, all against Arizona, though.
New York Mets at Boston Red Sox
Boston dominated the Orioles 13-2 in their first game of the season. But, then, in the second matchup, the O’s blasted the Red Sox 7-2. The Mets will start Michael Wacha. That could go either way.
Tuesday, July 28
New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies
Yankees listed starter Gerrit Cole was sensational against the Nats in NYY’s first matchup. He dominated with a 1.80 ERA, 5 strikeouts, and a .40 WHIP. If you play this one, think run line.
L.A. Dodgers at Houston Astros
L.A. went 2-1 against the San Francisco Giants last week. Ace Walker Buehler for the Dodgers gets his first start while the Stros send out Framber Valdez. If L.A. really is the class of the NL, they should handle Houston with Buehler on the mound.
Wednesday, July 29
Colorado Rockies at Oakland A’s
A’s starter Frankie Montas had a great first outing. He threw 4 innings, struck out 5, and allowed just 1 run off 3 hits in Oakland’s 7-3 opening day win against the L.A. Angels.
Seattle Mariners at L.A. Angels
Seattle hopes Justin Dunn becomes the ace starter they require. The Angels’ Andrew Heaney pitched a great game against the Oakland Athletics on July 14, giving up a run off 2 hits and striking out 6 in 4.1 innings.
Thursday, July 30
Cleveland at Minnesota Twins
Cleveland’s Mike Cleavinger threw a 7-inning gem in his first start of the season. Unfortunately, the Tribe could score just 2 two runs. The Twins Jose Berrios gave up 5 earned runs in 4-innings in his first start, but Minnesota beat the White Sox 10-5. Do baseball handicappers go with pitching or hitting in Thursday’s top game?
L.A. Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks
The Dodgers didn’t keep Hyun-jin Ryu because Ross Stripling has come into his own. In his first start of the season against the Giants, Stripling threw 7 innings and gave up 1 earned run off 4 hits. Can Stripling shut down the D’Backs?
Friday, July 31
Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants
Although Colorado beat Texas 3-2 on July 25, it wasn’t Friday starter Mike Minor’s fault. Minor allowed just a single earned run. He could have success against the Giants’ offensively challenged batting lineup.
Oakland A’s at Seattle Mariners
Oakland listed starter Sean Manea didn’t have his best stuff in his first start of the season. He faced the Angels’ awesome batting lineup, though. The Mariners could help him get back on the winning track.
Saturday, August 1
Houston Astros at L.A. Angels
Houston starter Zack Greinke should bring his usual stuff. But the Angles are a much different squad than the 2019 version. Starter Griffin Canning looked good against Seattle while we’ve already talked up the Halos’ bats.
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
The Red Sox have yet to say who their starter on Saturday will be. The Yankees have pegged J.A. Happ. Boston doesn’t have the same batting lineup from year’s past. They garnered just 2 runs against the Orioles in a lost on July 25.