San Francisco -110 SF -110San Francisco 8 @ Arizona 5
5/19 SF 8 @ ARI 5
Arizona's Zack Godley returns to the rotation from the bullpen Saturday. It should be a good matchup for Godley as the Giants rank 26th in runs scored. After the Diamondbacks' 7-0 win Friday night, the price is high on Arizona. Grab the Giants on a low-priced bargain buy.
Cleveland -152 CLE -152Baltimore 1 @ Cleveland 4
5/18 BAL 1 @ CLE 4
There are not many times when we can bet against the Orioles at home and get the line at less than 2/1. Even better: we get to fade Baltimore starter John Means, who has a 5.30 lifetime ERA on the road versus a 1.54 ERA at home. The Indians take this one handedly.
St. Louis -136 STL -136St. Louis 8 @ Texas 2
5/18 STL 8 @ TEX 2
Losers of six out of seven, the Cardinals now provide betting value with an opportunistic line. At the beginning of the season they would be huge favorites against a young pitcher in Ariel Jurado, who has a 9.00 ERA in four day starts. St. Louis is due to get out of its funk. Take the Cardinals.
Minnesota -141 MIN -141Minnesota 18 @ Seattle 4
5/19 MIN 18 @ SEA 4
Jose Berrios is the ace of the Twins staff and is coming off his worst performance of the season. On the road, Berrios has been 40 cents better than the average pitcher, including his last road start at Toronto where he went 7.0 scoreless innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Mariners are just 9-23 in their last 32 games and 4-12 their last 16. Starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc is a 34-year-old journeyman who is coming off the IL with a right oblique strain. Take the better team with the better pitcher laying a short price: the Twins.
UNDER 8.5 UNDER 8.5Chi. Cubs 2 @ Washington 5
5/18 CHC 2 @ WAS 5
Cubs starter Jon Lester has an ERA of 0.36 over his last 24.2 innings, allowing just TWO walks, and he is striking out more than a batter an inning. The Nationals lineup today will feature no one who has ever homered off Lester and has a combined wOBA of less than .300. Meanwhile, Nats starter Stephen Strasburg has allowed just 20 hits, seven walks and nine earned runs while striking out 36 over his last 26.1 innings. Last night's game was a softball game; today's game will be a pitchers' duel.