The Tigers moved to a respectable 18-20 with a solid win over Minnesota last time out. Nicholas Castellanos was the main man offensively, leading the way with 2 hits and 3 RBI. The consistent Matthew Boyd is back on the mound here, having allowed an ERA of just 2.86 through 50 innings.
The high-flying Astros currently find themselves 26-15 after dropping 15 runs in a win over Texas last time out. George Springer and Alex Bregman continue to lead off effectively, combining for 8 hits and 9 RBI in the win. Brad Peacock is projected to pitch in this one, having gone 3-2 with an ERA of 4.3 so far.
Prediction: Astros $1.65
While Boyd has had a strong season, I think his presence overvalues the Tigers in this spot. Houston are still one of the premier sides in baseball and are in excellent form. As long as Peacock has a consistent pitching day, I think they’re great value at this price.
The Twins continue to sport one of the best records in baseball, currently sitting at 25-14. They’ve been getting consistent offensive production from a number of players, with 4 players reaching 8 homers and 3 reaching 22 RBI. The consistent Jose Berrios is back pitching for this one, having gone 6-1 with an ERA of 2.53.
Los Angeles Angels
The Angels travel to Minnesota off the back of a disappointing loss to Baltimore that leaves them 19-21. They’re still getting strong offensive production from their main men, with Mike Trout registering 25 RBI and Albert Pujols recently joining the 2000 RBI club. Pitcher Tyler Skaggs has been inconsistent this season, going 3-3 and allowing an ERA of 4.7.
Prediction: Twins $1.65
With the form this Minnesota side is in, it’s very difficult to back against them at home. This is especially true when Jose Berrios is on the mound in the midst of another excellent campaign. I expect another solid outing from Minnesota’s offence, which should lead to a relatively comfortable win.
The Mariners poor form continued yesterday with a thumping at the hands of the Red Sox. The offensive production has still been there, with Domingo Santana managing an impressive 36 RBI and Jay Bruce managing 12 homers. Yusei Kikuchi retakes the mound in this one, going 2-1 with an ERA of 3.54 so far.
Oakland certainly hasn’t been all that consistent either, currently sitting at 19-23. Khris Davis and Matt Chapman continue to form a dynamic offensive duo, combining for 20 homers and 50 RBI. Mike Fiers is probable to pitch in this one, having allowed an ERA of 5.48 through 46 innings so far.
Prediction: Mariners $1.80
While neither of these sides are all that consistent, I definitely give the edge to Seattle at home. I think they’ve got the pitching advantage and a more versatile hitting lineup. At $1.80, they’re somewhat over the odds to take this one home.