Top Plays July 31-Aug 6

MLB Top Games July 31-Aug 6

Top Plays July 31-Aug 6

My top plays in MLB this week starts on Wednesday, August 2. Cleveland travels to Boston. Can Cleveland upset the Red Sox at Fenway? I like two games on Sunday. The first, in the afternoon, has Washington battling the Chicago Cubs. Who wins when two of the best teams in the NL throw down? Later that night, I like Dodgers at Mets. Can the Dodgers beat the Mets in Queens?

MLB Top Games July 31-Aug 6

Cleveland at Boston Red Sox
When:  Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:10 pm ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
TV:  ESPN
Listed Pitchers: CLE-Trevor Bauer vs BOS-Rick Porcello

Analysis: The Tribe sends Trevor Bauer to the mound. Bauer’s overall stats, 5.25 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, aren’t encouraging. To make matters worse for Cleveland’s listed starter on Wednesday, the Red Sox bat .300 against him.

Boston counters with Rick Porcello. Porcello has a decent 4.55 ERA. His WHIP is 1.38. The biggest problem with Porcello is that his mates don’t step it up when he’s on the mound. Porcello is a ridiculously bad 4-14.

It’s too difficult to back Porcello. He could pitch the game of his life. In that case, Boston might lose this one 0 to 1 on an error or something crazy like that.

The Red Sox do nothing when Rick Porcello’s on the mound. I’m going with the Tribe.

Pick: Cleveland money line

Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs
When:  Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2:20 pm ET
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
TV:  TBS
Listed Pitchers: WAS-Gio Gonzalez vs CHIC-Jake Arrieta

Analysis: Two of the best pitchers the past few years head to what could be a duel in Chicago on Sunday. Washington sends out Gio Gonzalez.

Gio’s pitched well this season. He’s got an 8-5 record. The ERA is 2.81. The WHIP is 1.18. I keep waiting for Gonzalez to implode. So far, he hasn’t.

Gonzalez has also been great versus the Cubs. The Cubbies only have 21 hits from 111 at-bats versus Gio Gonzalez.

But Chicago starter Jake Arrieta has finally hit his stride.  Arrieta has only allowed 2 earned runs in his last 2 starts. I believe he pitches well versus Washington Sunday. I like the Cubs to get it done.

I’m going Chicago.

Pick: Chicago Cubs money line

L.A. Dodgers at New York Mets
When:  Sunday, Aug. 6 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Citi Field, New York, NY
TV: ESPN
Listed Pitchers: LAD-Kenta Maeda vs NYM-Steven Matz

Analysis: Just when the Dodgers needed him to step it up, Kenta Maeda has done so. The former Japanese League superstar has an ERA at 4.09. No worries.

Maeda hasn’t yielded more than 3 total runs in his last 15 innings pitched. How has Dave Roberts gotten Maeda to settle down? He hasn’t. Not really. What Roberts is doing is pulling Maeda after 5 to put in the best bullpen in MLB.

The Dodgers’ bullpen has allowed Maeda to be close to perfect in the first 5 innings of his last 3 games started. That’s a good sign for the Dodgers going into the MLB Playoffs.

When it comes to this battle, L.A. could rout the Mets. I think the Dodgers win by at least 2 runs.

Pick: L.A. Dodgers run line if favorites, money line if dogs