MLB Best Bets June 26-July 2ndJosh Bailey
Can the Houston Astros Keep up the simply jaw-dropping play they’ve shown all season?
Can the incendiary Los Angeles Dodgers remain the hottest team in all of baseball.
Can the AL East-leading New York Yankees snap out of the funk they’ve been in for the better part of the last two weeks?
With the 2017 MLB regular season heating up along with the rising summer temperatures, it’s time for a red-hot look at the MLB Top Plays of the Week!
MLB Best Bets June 26-July 2nd
Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals
When: Tuesday, June 27, 7:05 PM ET
Where: Nationals Park
TV: MLBN, MASN
Analysis: As of Sunday, the Cubs and Nats were both 6-4 over their last 10 games, although the Cubs kicked off the new week coming off a 4-2 loss at Miami while alternating SU wins and losses over their last six games. Washington had their modest two-game winning streak snapped in their 6-2 loss to Cincy heading into the final of their four-game set on Monday while going 7-5 over their last dozen games.
Chicago’s Jake Arrieta (7-5, 4.36 ERA) is coming off his best outing of the season as the veteran right-hander limited Miami to one run in seven innings the last time out. Washington’s Max Scherzer (8-5, 2.09 ERA) struck out 11 and gave up just two hits in eight innings but was victimized by two unearned runs in a hard-luck loss the last time out. Still, Scherzer has been dominant in recording double digit strikeouts in six consecutive games.
Jake Arietta may have had a fine performance in his last outing, but the Washington Nationals are the easy pick to win this game as they both, touch up the inconsistent Arrieta for some runs and get a fine start from Max Scherzer. With Washington going 20-14 at home and Chicago just 16-20 on the road, simply put, back the Nats!
Pick: Washington 5 Chicago 3
Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox
When: Thursday, June 29, 7:10 PM ET
Where: Fenway Park
Analysis: The Twins swept the Indians to improve to 5-1 over their last six games and move back into first place in the AL Central. Boston dropped two straight heading into Monday’s series opener against Minnesota while falling to 4-6 over their last 10 games overall.
Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson (4-5, 6.23 ERA) gave up one run on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings in his last start, but is 1-1 with a fine, 2.61 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched against Boston.
Red Sox left-hander David Price (2-2, 4.76 ERA) gave up just two runs on six hits in six innings in his last start, but was removed from the game due to complications from a cracked middle fingernail.
Boston may be at home in this matchup, but with Minnesota owning a stellar 22-9 mark on the road and feeling quite good about themselves after sweeping the Indians, I like the Twins to steal a win in the series opener, particularly seeing as how David Price may not be at 100 percent.
Pick: Twins 4 Red Sox 4
New York Yankees at Houston Astros
When: Friday, June 30, 8:10 PM ET
Where: Minute Maid Park
TV: MLBN, YES
Analysis: Aaron Judge may still be smacking the cover off the ball, but the Yankees have lost six straight road games and 10 of their last 12 road dates overall. More importantly, New York’s pitching staff has allowed at least eight runs in losing three of their last five games while giving up seven tuns or more six times in their last nine losses.
The Houston Astros have won five of their last six games and are ranked an identical third in scoring (5.47 rpg) and team ERA (3.80), not to mention the fact that a whopping six players have smacked at least 10 home runs including George Springer’s league-leading 21 long balls. Right now, the Astros are by far, the best team in all of baseball!, making them the easy pick to beat the struggling Yankees.
Pick: Houston 6 Yankees 3
Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Dodgers
When: Saturday, July 1, 10:10 PM ET
Where: Petco Park TV:
Analysis: The Kansas City Royals are playing their best baseball of the season in winning three straight, five of six and seven of their last 10 games overall. Unfortunately, the Royals will be taking on a Dodgers ballclub that is the hottest team in all of baseball as they ride an impressive nine-game winning streak into the new week.
While the Royals are playing excellent baseball at the moment, Los Angeles has gone an incendiary 31-10 this season at home to post the best home record of any team in baseball right now. More importantly, the Dodgers are ranked fifth in scoring (5.18 rpg) and first in team ERA (3.28), WHIP (1.14) and K’s (722).The Royals are a modest 16-19 on the road this season, making the Dodgers the pick to bag this nationally-televised Saturday showdown.
Pick: Dodgers 5 Royals 2