The Phillies have been in some strong form of late, steadying themselves with a record of 32-22. Bryce Harper has had a solid first season in Philly, going for 9 home runs and 36 RBI so far. Jared Eickoff is slated to pitch here, sporting a 2-2 record with a 3.86 ERA this season.
St Louis Cardinals
After a strong start to the campaign, the Cardinals have faded to just 26-27 through their first 53. Veteran Paul Goldschmidt is still providing solid offensive production, going for 11 home runs and 26 RBI this season. Pitcher Dakota Hudson has gone 3-3 this season and will be looking to improve on his 4.22 ERA.
Prediction: Phillies $1.80
The Phillies are the home team, possess the deeper batting lineup, and have a pitcher in better form here. I expect another professional performance where they restrict the Cardinals offence, making them very strong value at $1.80.
The Pirates moved to .500 at 27-27 after a very solid win over Cincinnati yesterday. Josh Bell continues to absolutely put this team on his back offensively, leading the way with 18 home runs and 51 RBI. Joe Musgrove is probable to pitch here, going 3-5 this season with a 4.27 ERA.
The Brewers have levelled off a little bit this season, although they still sit at a respectable 31-25. Christian Yelich has still done the bulk of the work offensively, hitting 21 home runs to go along with his 44 RBI this season. Chase Anderson will return to pitch here, going 2-0 with a 3.25 ERA on the season.
Prediction: Brewers $1.88
Ultimately, I think the Brewers are the more well-rounded side with a much deeper batting lineup. I can see them getting after Musgrove on the road here, while Anderson keeps things tidy. At $1.88, I expect Yelich, Moustakas, and co to be a bit too powerful.
The Mariners continue to struggle of late, losing at home to Texas yesterday to move to 24-34. Their struggles are somewhat surprising when you consider they’ve got 6 players that have reached at least 10 homers and 27 RBI. Yusei Kikuchi has been relatively reliable this season, going 3-2 with a 3.82 ERA so far.
Los Angeles Angels
The Angels themselves are barely treading water, sitting just 26-29 despite a win against Oakland last time out. Star man Mike Trout is having a solid yet unspectacular season, hitting 12 home runs to go along with his 30 RBI. While no probable pitcher has been listed yet, it looks like veteran Tyler Skaggs will take the mound here.
Prediction: Mariners $1.85
Given some of their atrocious recent form, I think the Mariners value in the market is at a nadir. They’re a better team than their recent record indicates and they’ve got the chance to turn things around at home here. I expect a strong offensive day en route to a comfortable home win at $1.85.