MLB’s All-Star Break is over and the second half of the baseball season has us barreling towards the July 31st trade deadline. There are several teams who will be looking to upgrade their rosters as there are 21 clubs within six games of a playoff spot, compared to 18 on this day a year ago and 13 in 2013.
A Closer Look At Week 15 Baseball’s Best Bets
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago White Sox
When: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Home team Chicago sends former Notre Dame wide receiver great Jeff Samardzija to the mound on Wednesday to battle the St. Louis Cardinals. This past Sunday, the Cardinals suffered a 3 to 1 loss to the Mets in an 18 inning battle. The Cards get a day off on Monday, but they’re back at it on Tuesday in the first of this series.
Samardzija is hoping that the 18 innings got the Cardinals tired and keeps them tired well into next week. Samardzija used to pitch for the Chicago Cubs. He’s faced Cardinal batters 112 times. St. Louis has 34 hits and a .304 average versus Samardzija.
The Cardinals counter with Michael Wacha who has a 10 and 3 record, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Wacha has only faced 2 White Sox batters, Emilio Bonifacio and Adam Laroche. He’s dominated both of those guys by allowing 1 hit in 15 at bats. The Cardinals look like the bet in this matchup.
New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins
When: Friday, July 24th, 2015
The Yankees Michael Pineda hasn’t been nearly as sharp as he was during the first 2 months of the season. Pineda has gone 1-3-1 in his last 5 games. He hasn’t faced many Minnesota batters. The ones that he has faced have hit well against Pineda. Torii Hunter has 2 home runs out of 3 at bats versus Pineda. That’s a .667 average. Trevor Plouffe is 1 out of 5 while Kurt Suzuki is 2 out of 5 with an RBI.
The Twins counter with Phil Hughes. Hughes dropped his ERA to 3.76 in June. July hasn’t been as kind. In only 2 starts, Hughes has given up 7 runs in 18 innings. His last start was very good. Even though the Yankees lost 2 to 3 to Oakland, Hughes only gave up 1 run in 6 hits. But, the Yankees bat .304 against Hughes. They have 21 hits out of 69 at-bats.
Go with the Yankees.
Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets
When: Sunday, July 26th, 2015
The Dodgers’ starter on Sunday, Brett Anderson has a 1.30 WHIP, a 3.17 ERA and a 5 and 5 record. He’s been sharp lately going 3-1-1 in his last 5 games to start the week. Anderson hasn’t faced a lot of Mets’ batters. That should give him the edge in this Sunday matchup.
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The Mets counter with All-Star Jacob DeGrom. DeGrom’s .94 WHIP and 2.14 ERA are terrific. If DeGrom can keep Adrian Gonzalez under control, Gonzalez is 3 out of 6 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs for a .500 average, the Mets should win this one easily. The Mets should beat Anderson and the Dodgers.