Monday, August 5

Philadelphia Phillies vs Chicago White Sox, 3:05 am
Phillies $1.60

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies have been decent but unspectacular this season, going 58-52 so far. Their home form has been particularly strong, going an impressive 34-25 in games played in Philly. Right Fielder Bryce Harper is the man to watch offensively, leading the team with 73 RBI in his first season in Philly. Drew Smyly will pitch here, going 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in his 13 innings so far.

Chicago White Sox

The White Sox have had a disappointing campaign to date, sitting well outside the playoff mix at 47-61. Their road form has been disastrous, going just 20-33 on the campaign. 1st Baseman Jose Abreu is still an excellent offensive weapon, leading the club with 23 home runs and 77 RBI. Reynaldo Lopez will pitch in this one, going a poor 5-9 with a 5.43 ERA this season.

Prediction: Phillies $1.60

This appears to be a mismatch in terms of both talent and motivation. Philly have a clear edge in the pitching battle here, with Smyly looking very impressive in limited action so far. Conversely, Lopez likely struggles against a stellar Philly attack, meaning $1.60 is strong value for the playoff contenders at home.

Colorado Rockies vs San Francisco Giants, 5:10 am
Giants $2.15

Colorado Rockies

The Rockies have really tailed off after a bright start, now sitting at just 51-60. They’ve still been a solid outfit at home, sitting just above .500 at 28-27. 3rd Baseman Nolan Arenado has really carried the team offensively, leading the way with 22 home runs and 81 RBI this campaign. Kyle Freeland will pitch in this one, going a dreadful 2-9 with a 7.48 ERA this season.

San Francisco Giants

The G-Men have had a resurgent second half of the campaign, now above .500 at 56-55. They’ve been a particularly strong road side, boasting a solid 31-27 away record this season. Center Fielder Kevin Pillar deserves a lot of credit for this offensive renaissance, leading the way with 56 RBI. Tyler Beede will pitch here, going 3-5 with a 5.01 ERA this season.

Prediction: Giants $2.15

Especially with how the Giants have been playing of late, it’s tough to see why Colorado are such strong favourites here. Freeland has struggled immensely this campaign and I see no relief for him against a stellar Giants offence. I think Beede and the bullpen are capable of a stellar display for SF here, which makes them good value to get another outright road win as underdogs.