The last couple days we have seen some of the best pitchers in the game, today not so much. Thus, thought we would spice up things looking at series and MLB odds for Game 1’s of various flavors.
We will look into a first rate series and the pitching matchup for sports picks, compare pitchers from a couple of hot clubs in the American League and see what sportsbooks think about a couple of cellar dwellers in the National League.
San Francisco has won seven of nine games this season against Los Angeles, which is why they remain in the race in the NL West. The last three were in San Fran, which the Giants swept and held the Dodgers scoreless in all three contests.
The Giants Chris Heston (6-5, 3.76 ERA) will make his first start in this contentious rivalry and he could help both teams tie or break records with seven or more shutout innings. Los Angeles has not scored in 31 innings against San Francisco and the team record against an opponent is 38, which happened back when they were in Brooklyn 78 years ago. The Giants franchise record is also 38 innings of holding one team scoreless and that also occurred back when they were in New York and that was against Philadelphia over two seasons (1917-18).
Heston proved he’s capable with a no-hitter two starts ago and the right-hander has shown resolve with a 1.93 ERA and four wins after he’s conceded more than one earned run in his last outing.
Mike Bolsinger (4-1, 2.25) looked like just another arm last season with Arizona, has shown well in Dodger Blue, but his ERA has been steadily rising over his part three starts.
L.A. is 26-11 at Dodger Stadium (+7.6 units) this season, with both victories over San Francisco coming at home and the betting odds have them as -155 favorites (-151 at Heritagesports.eu at last look), where Bolsinger has sterling 1.01 ERA and is 4-0.
Advantage – Bolsinger and Los Angeles
Both Baltimore and Toronto have been playing extremely well as they get ready in knock heads in this AL East battle. Both has moved within a few games of front-running Tampa Bay, with Toronto 13-2 in their last 15 contests and they are after their ninth consecutive home victory, which was last accomplished in 1998.
The Orioles have been nearly as good in winning nine of 11 and will utilize Mike Wright (2-2, 4.13) for his sixth start of the year. Baseball handicappers are on high alert with this 25-year old righty who after a good start has an 8.36 ERA in his last three starts.