Thursday, August 8

Los Angeles Dodgers vs St Louis Cardinals, 5:10 am
Dodgers $1.67

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers have continued their stellar campaign, winning another one over St Louis to move to 76-40. They’ve been an outstanding home side all season, going 45-15 in front of their home fans. Right Fielder Cody Bellinger remains their premier offensive threat, going for 37 home runs and 88 RBI. Dustin May is slated to pitch here, going 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in his lone start this season.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals have been solid but unspectacular this season, sitting at a decent 58-54. They’ve not been a strong road side this season, with just 27 wins in 58 attempts. The offensive load has been well spread out among this group, with 5 players eclipsing 40 RBI. Jack Flaherty is projected to start here, going an average 5-6 with a 3.93 ERA so far.

Prediction: Dodgers $1.67

The Dodgers have perhaps the best home field advantage in baseball, while the Cards have largely struggled away from home this season. Dustin May is largely unproven at this level, although I believe his poor first start gives us some line value here. Assuming the Dodgers offence continues to roar, $1.67 for a home win is very good value.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Philadelphia Phillies, 11:40 am
Diamondbacks $1.70

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks moved back to .500 yesterday, now sitting at 57-57 after a win over Philly. They do possess a losing record at home this season and have only won 4 of their last 10 contests overall. 3rd Baseman Eduardo Escobar is a strong offensive threat, leading the squad with 25 home runs and 92 RBI. After being acquired from Miami earlier this year, much hyped prospect Zac Gallen will make his debut start as a Diamondback here.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies still look good for a playoff spot, currently at 59-54. They haven’t been the best road side this season, going 25-28 so far. Harper and Hoskins have formed a solid offensive duo this year, leading the clubhouse in RBI and home runs respectively. Jason Vargas will pitch here, having only pitched 6 innings so far and registering an ERA of 2.84.

Prediction: Diamondbacks $1.70

Zac Gallen has looked solid in flashes this season and I can see him really popping in Arizona. Philly’s lineup hasn’t produced a ton of offence this season and I’m not sure they can rectify their road woes here. I’m not too confident in Vargas either and think that Escobar and Co can make the difference in a Diamondbacks home win.