It has been an up and down season for Philly, who still remain in playoff position at 54-50. Bryce Harper has had a relatively successful season with his new squad, putting up 17 home runs and 71 RBI on a .253 batting average. Rhys Hoskins has also impressed with the bat this season, leading the clubhouse with 21 home runs. Aaron Nola will pitch in this one, sporting a very strong 8-2 record to match his 3.64 ERA.
The Braves have had a very stellar season so far, going 62-43 and looking like very real contenders. Freddie Freeman has been particularly outstanding, putting up 25 home runs and 81 RBI to lead his team. Ronald Acuna Junior has also had an effective campaign, tying Freddy with 25 home runs and adding 64 RBI of his own. Probable pitcher Kevin Gausman has struggled so far, going 3-5 with a 5.71 ERA through 69 innings.
Prediction: Phillies $1.74
Fading Aaron Nola at home has rarely been profitable throughout his career, especially not this season. His opposite number, Kevin Gausman, has flattered to deceive a lot this year and I can see him struggling against the Philly lineup. If Harper, Hoskins, and Co can step up in this one, Philly look like good value at home.
Toronto Blue Jays
It has been a bad month for Toronto sports sides, with the Blue Jays falling to just 40-66. Freddie Galvis has been a mainstay in the side this season, leading the squad with 48 RBI in his 101 appearances. Gurriel Junior has also come on the scene of late, putting up a team-leading 18 home runs and a solid .288 batting average. Probable pitcher Aaron Sanchez has been a disaster this campaign, going 3-14 with a 6.06 ERA through 107 innings.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays have had a solid yet under the radar season, now sitting at 59-48. Brandon Lowe has been a strong offensive contributor, leading the squad with 16 home runs and 49 RBI. Tommy Pham has also been a mainstay in the side, putting up 16 home runs and 46 RBI of his own. Yonny Chirinos is slated to pitch in this one, going a solid 8-5 with a 3.29 ERA this season.
Prediction: Rays $1.62
The Blue Jays appear to already be playing out the string, while these games are very important for Tampa’s playoff chances. They’ve got a huge edge in the starting pitching battle, with Aaron Sanchez being one of the worst starters in the majors. Assuming Chirinos keeps up his stellar season, I really like the Rays today at $1.62.