The Tigers continue to sit in the MLB’s basement, managing just their 30th win yesterday from 95 attempts. Offence remains a major problem, with the 38 RBI from Brandon Dixon comfortably leading the way. Nick Castellanos has also been solid, leading the squad with a .284 batting average. Matthew Boyd will pitch in this one, going a pedestrian 6-8 with a 4.13 ERA in his 120 innings this season.
The Phillies have been solid yet unspectacular this season, sitting at 52-48 after their first 100 games. Bryce Harper has had a decent first campaign in Philly, playing in all 100 games and leading the squad with 70 RBI. Rhys Hoskins has also been a major slugger all season, going for 21 home runs and 62 RBI of his own. Aaron Nola is slated to pitch here, leading the team with a strong 8-2 record and 3.77 ERA in his 121 innings so far.
Prediction: Phillies $1.67
The Phillies are right in the thick of the wildcard mix while Detroit are essentially out of playoff contention this season. Aaron Nola has also had an excellent season so far and I just can’t see him struggling against a pedestrian Tigers offence. Combine that with a solid day from Harper, Hoskins, and Co. and Philly look solid value at this $1.67 price.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants are one of the form teams in baseball, winning 12 of their last 14 to jump above .500 at 51-50. Kevin Pillar has really been effective offensively of late, leading the clubhouse with 12 home runs and 52 RBI. Sandoval and Belt have also upped their slugging of late, both going over double digit home runs this campaign. Ace Madison Bumgarner is set to pitch in this one, going 5-7 with a 3.65 ERA on the season so far.
The Cubs have had a stellar season to date, going 54-46 through their first 100. Javier Baez leads a strong batting lineup with 24 home runs and 67 RBI. Anthony Rizzo has been his partner in crime all season, adding 20 home runs and a team-leading 69 RBI of his own. Yu Darvish is scheduled to pitch here, going a poor 3-4 with a 4.46 ERA so far this season.
Prediction: Giants $1.92
The Giants have been on a tremendous run of late and are right in the thick of the wildcard chase. Bumgarner is still a strong pitcher at this level and I believe he can contain a strong Cubs offence. On the other side, I think an improving Giants offence can really get after Darvish, which ultimately proves the difference here.