The Pirates enter this one in atrocious form, winning just 1 of their last 11 to sit 47-61. Who knows where they’d be without Josh Bell, who leads the squad with 27 home runs and 88 RBI. Starling Marte is the next best contributor, with 18 home runs and 60 RBI to his name. Trevor Williams will pitch here, going 3-4 with a 4.77 ERA this season.
New York Mets
Despite their inconsistent recent form, the Mets still remain in the wildcard race at 53-55. Pete Alonso has boasted a very stellar campaign so far, leading the squad with 34 home runs and 77 RBI. Right Fielder Michael Conforto has also stepped up, coming in second with 21 home runs and 57 RBI. Steven Matz will pitch in this one, going a pedestrian 6-6 with a 4.32 ERA so far.
Prediction: Mets $1.88
With the form Pittsburgh are in, they’re a very tough side to put your money on at nearly even odds. I think the Mets edge them in both the batting and pitching departments and can really get after Williams in this one. If Matz has another solid display on the road, this $1.88 price looks very appealing indeed.
New York Yankees
The Yankees enter this historic clash in some solid form, sitting 68-39 for the campaign. The batting lineup has been consistent and versatile, with 4 players eclipsing 50 RBI on the season. DJ LeMahieu leads the side with 71 RBI, while Gary Sanchez has gone for an impressive 24 homers. James Paxton will pitch in this one, going a relatively poor 5-6 with a 4.72 ERA so far this season.
Boston Red Sox
The Sox have rebounded nicely from a poor start to the campaign, looking like a strong playoff contender at 59-51. Xander Bogaerts led this renaissance, going for an impressive 25 home runs and 84 RBI. 3rd Baseman Rafael Devers has also been instrumental, adding 21 home runs and 84 RBI of his own. Eduardo Rodriguez will pitch here, going a strong 13-4 despite a surprisingly high 4.13 ERA.
Prediction: Yankees $1.77
Despite a very good record this season, I believe Rodriguez’ numbers are fools gold and that he’s overrated in the betting market. The star-studded Yankees attack should really get after him here and I’ve got confidence in a strong outing from Paxton at home. Combine that with a very strong bullpen and the Yankees look like strong value to open this series with a win.