Monday, September 2

St Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds, 3:05 am
Cardinals $1.62

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are currently atop the NL Central with a solid 75-59 record. They’ve been especially good at home this year, going 41-24. Marcell Ozuna is their prime offensive threat, putting up 24 home runs and 77 RBI in limited appearances. Miles Mikolas will pitch here, going 8-13 with a 4.32 ERA so far.

Cincinnati Reds

The Reds are now 4th in that same division at 63-72. They’ve struggled mightily on the road, going just 26-41. Eugenio Suarez has stood out offensively, going for 39 home runs and 85 RBI so far. Tyler Mahle will pitch here, sporting an awful 2-10 record and 4.93 ERA.

Prediction: Cardinals $1.62

Although Mikolas hasn’t been great this season, he’s still definitely outperformed his opposite number. The Cards have been excellent at home all year and have really looked good against weak opposition. I expect their offence to prove too much for Mahle here en route to a comfortable home win.

New York Yankees vs Oakland A’s, 3:05 am
Yankees $1.70

New York Yankees

The Yankees are atop the AL East with a strong 89-48 record. Yankee Stadium has been a fortress all year, seeing their side go 51-21 at home. Gleyber Torres continues to put up elite numbers, going for 33 home runs and 77 RBI. J.A. Happ will pitch here, going 11-8 with a 5.57 ERA this season.

Oakland A’s

The A’s find themselves second in the AL West at a solid 79-58. They’ve been decent on the road this season, going 35-32 so far. Matt Chapman is their offensive standout, registering 30 home runs and 75 RBI. Sean Manaea will pitch here, making his return from a long injury layoff.

Prediction: Yankees $1.70

The Yankees have been a dominant home side all year and I expect them to push for playoff seeding here. Oakland’s pitching situation is rather uncertain, which could prove troubling against the strong New York offence. I also think Happ can contain a top-heavy Oakland offence that lacks real firepower. All things considered, $1.70 is a bargain.