St Louis Cardinals
A solid 5-game win streak has brought the Cardinals to an impressive 55-47. Despite some recent injuries, Marcel Ozuna still leads the squad with 62 RBI in his 78 appearances. Veteran Paul Goldschmidt has also really come on of late, taking the clubhouse lead with 22 home runs this season. Jack Flaherty will pitch here, going 4-6 with a 4.24 ERA so far.
An impressive sweep over Oakland brings Houston to a strong 66-38 record. Alex Bregman has been the key man offensively this season, leading the way with 26 home runs and 63 RBI. George Springer has also been effective when healthy, adding 23 home runs and 58 RBI of his own in just 71 appearances. Jose Urquidy will pitch here, going 1-0 with a 5.54 ERA over 13 innings pitched this season.
Prediction: Astros $1.85
Despite the relatively unproven Urquidy pitching here, I still like the Astros in this spot. Flaherty has also been far from impressive this season and I believe a sweep over a poor Pittsburgh side is inflating St Louis’ value. The Houston batters should be in for a big one on the road here, which should ultimately be enough for the win.
Despite a recent sweep at the hands of Houston, Oakland still maintain a strong 58-45 record. Matt Chapman continues to have a stellar campaign offensively, leading the team with 22 home runs and 59 RBI. Ramon Laureano has also been a very consistent contributor, registering 20 home runs and 56 RBI of his own. Daniel Mengden is slated to pitch here, going 4-1 with a 5.65 ERA through 50 innings.
A win in the series opener brought the Rangers above .500 to 52-51. They’ve gotten very consistent offensive production this season, with 6 men reaching at least 14 home runs and 4 reaching at least 50 RBI. Chief among these is Rougned Odor, who has a clubhouse leading 58 RBI to go with his 18 home runs. The reliable Lance Lynn will pitch here, going 12-6 with a 3.93 ERA this season.
Prediction: A’s $1.88
Although they’ve been in some poor form of late, this is a talented Oakland side that I’d expect to make the playoffs. They have a deep and versatile batting lineup that poses problems for both Lynn and the bullpen. I also like what I’ve seen from Mengden so far, especially on his home field. Especially since they’re the more talented of these sides, $1.88 for Oakland at home represents great value.