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The Chicago Cubs are just 5-10 in their last 15 games overall and struggling.
The Cincinnati Reds have won three straight while scoring at least 6 runs in all three.
Trevor Bauer won’t need much run support with the way he has been pitching. Bauer is 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA in his five starts this season with 49 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings. Bauer is 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA in six previous starts against the Cubs.
Yu Darvish is 0-2 with a 5.54 ERA in his last two starts against the Reds while allowing 8 earned runs and 4 home runs in 13 innings.
Give me the Reds in Game 1.
The Oakland A’s (22-10) look like legitimate World Series contenders this season.
The Houston Astros (17-14) are no longer the juggernauts they were before now that they’re not cheating, and plus they have lost their top 2 starters from last year in Cole and Verlander.
The A’s have a huge edge on the rubber in this matchup. Chris Bassitt is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 6 starts this year for Oakland. Bassitt is also 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 6 lifetime starts against Houston.
Lance McCullers is 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 6 starts this year for the Astros. McCullers is 4-2 with a 4.40 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 8 lifetime starts against the A’s.
Take Oakland in Game 1.
The Texas Rangers have been a good bet at home this season, especially with ace Lance Lynn on the mound. I’ve cashed on him a number of times already in 2020 and I’ll continue to ride him until he gets the respect he deserves.
Lynn is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 0.860 WHIP in seven starts this season, including 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA and 1.000 WHIP in four home starts. The Rangers are 4-0 (+4.4 units) in his four home starts this season.
No question the Rangers have the advantage on the mound here with Lynn over Ross Stripling, who is 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 1.416 WHIP in six starts this season. Stripling is also 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and 2.057 WHIP in his last three starts.
Lynn is 4-1 with a 3.58 ERA in nine career starts against the Dodgers. Texas is a very profitable 19-17 (+13.7 units) as a home underdog of +125 or more over the last two seasons.
Bet the Rangers Saturday.
1* Free Sharp Play on Pirates +156
The Pirates are worth a look as a big road dog in Saturday’s NL Central matchup with the Brewers.
Pittsburgh lost the series opener 9-1 on Friday, but are still a very respectable 5-3 over their last 8 games.
With the win Milwaukee is only 3-6 in their last 9. They scored 9 runs on Friday, but only managed 8 hits. They haven’t had double-digit hits in a game since 8/19.
Brett Anderson will start for Milwaukee and is coming off two strong starts. However, he’s just 9-20 over his last 29 starts when he’s at home and coming off two straight starts where he allowed 2 or fewer runs.
Play the Pirates!
The Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres combined for 14 runs in the opener of this series on Friday. I expect to see another high-scoring affair in this one.
Colorado right-hander Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 3.96 ERA) was lit up for six runs on seven hits (four homers) in an 11-3 loss at Dodger Stadium last time out. Returning home to Coors Field might not be what he needs to regain his confidence as he has posted a 4.50 ERA in two home starts on the season and the Padres are hitting .257(6th) off right-handers.
San Diego left-hander Adrian Morejon (0-0, 5.79 ERA) has made just two starts for a total of 4 2/3 innings. Last time out, Morejon gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings against Houston. This looks like a tough spot for the 21-year-old as Colorado is hitting a solid .278 (7th) off southpaws on the season.
Over is 5-1 in Rockies last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter. Over is 4-0 in Padres last 4 overall.
Free pick on OVER 12.5.
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