New York Yankees
Baseball’s glamour side are enjoying an excellent regular season, currently sitting at 67-39. Their form has admittedly dipped somewhat of late, winning just 3 of their last 9 contests. Gary Sanchez leads the side with 24 home runs in just 77 appearances, while DJ LeMahieu has also impressed with 71 RBI and a .332 average. Ace Masahiro Tanaka will pitch here, going 7-6 with a 4.79 ERA through 120 innings this season.
The Diamondbacks have been consistently inconsistent, sitting at 54-54 through 108 games. 3rd Baseman Eduardo Escobar has provided solid offensive production, going for 22 home runs and 80 RBI so far. Ketel Marte has also impressed when called upon, adding 23 home runs and 65 RBI of his own. Zack Greinke continues to look like one of baseball’s best pitchers, going a stellar 10-4 with a 2.79 ERA.
Prediction: Yankees $1.74
Despite coming up against Greinke, I’m confident the Yankees versatile batting lineup has what it takes here. Tanaka is still a very solid pitcher at this level and should be able to contain a top-heavy Arizona lineup. Combine that with an excellent home field and the Yankees look like good value at $1.74.
The Phillies remain in playoff contention, with some impressive recent play moving them to 56-50. Bryce Harper has missed just 1 game all season, going for 18 home runs and 72 RBI in his first year with Philly. 1st Baseman Rhys Hoskins is also having an elite hitting season, going for 23 home runs and 68 RBI of his own. Vince Velasquez will pitch here, going a poor 3-5 with a 4.46 ERA so far.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants tremendous run of form has them in the wildcard mix at 54-53. Center Fielder Kevin Pillar has been especially impressive, now leading the squad with 54 RBI. 3rd Basemen Longoria and Sandoval have ensured the home runs keep coming, tying for the team lead with 13 each. Jeff ‘The Shark’ Samardzija will pitch in this one, going 7-8 with a 3.95 ERA on the campaign.
Prediction: Phillies $1.74
While the Giants have been fantastic of late, I think this is mainly smoke and mirrors that has overvalued them in the betting market. The Phillies are an excellent home side and I’m not sure Samardzija can contain them here. If we get even an average display from Velasquez, the value is on Philly in this one.