Wednesday, July 3

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs, 9:05 am
Cubs $1.74

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates enjoyed a resounding 18-5 win last time out, moving to 40-43 in the process. Josh Bell continued his outstanding form, adding 4 hits and 7 RBI. Joe Musgrove will pitch here, sporting a 6-7 record and a 4.27 ERA.

Chicago Cubs

Even with yesterday’s disaster, the Cubs are still at a respectable 45-40. Javier Baez has been huge all season, leading the way with 21 home runs and 57 RBI. Kyle Hendricks has been a stellar pitcher, going 7-5 with a 3.36 ERA so far.

Prediction: Cubs $1.74

The Cubs are the better of these two sides and they’ve got a significant edge in the pitching department here. Expect a routine showing from Hendricks en route to a comfortable home win.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox, 9:05 am
Red Sox $1.60

Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays got back on track with an impressive 11-4 win over KC yesterday. Biggio and Grichuk were hugely effective, both going for 4 RBI in the win. Trent Thornton will pitch here, going a poor 2-5 with a 4.6 ERA.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox have been slumping of late, now at just 44-40. They lack a clear #1 slugger, with only Xander Bogaerts over 50 RBI. David Price will pitch in this one, going a strong 5-2 with a 3.36 ERA.

Prediction: Red Sox $1.60

Fading Toronto at home has been good value of late, especially at this number. David Price is still as reliable as they come and I expect a strong day from the Boston offence in this one.

Colorado Rockies vs Houston Astros, 10:10 am
Astros $2.05

Colorado Rockies

The Rockies have largely hovered just above .500, now at 44-40. Arenado and Blackman lead the way offensively, each going for 20 home runs this season. German Marquez will pitch here, going an impressive 8-3 despite a 4.29 ERA.

Houston Astros

Fresh of a sweep of Seattle, the Astros now sit pretty at 53-32. Alex Bregman continues to lead the offence, going over both 20 home runs and 50 RBI. A starting pitcher hasn’t been announced, although Houston’s rotation has been excellent all year.

Prediction: Astros $2.05

When I can get the Astros at plus money, I usually don’t hesitate to do so. Even against a tough side like Colorado, I think they have both the hitting and bullpen to get the win here.