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Run Line Pick
The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again beginning to look like a juggernaut. They are starting to get some of their key players back from injury, which has propelled them to six wins in their last eight contests. They are closing in on the San Francisco Giants for the best record in the National League. This evening, the Dodgers have a great opportunity to put another win on the board as they send Trevor Bauer to the hill against Kolby Allard of the Texas Rangers.
Allard has been inserted into the starting rotation after beginning the year in the bullpen. His aggregate numbers in 2021 look appealing, with a 3.41 ERA and a 3.49 FIP. However, the reason he began the year in the bullpen is because he has been known to become a predictable pitcher when having to face more than a few batters in a single appearance and he struggles to vary his pitch sequences. The Dodgers lineup is not great against left-handed pitching, but Allard is a below-average arm that Los Angeles should be able to take advantage of. Bauer is having another superb campaign. Through 13 turns in the rotation, he has posted a 2.40 ERA and a 3.00 xERA, supported by elite strikeout and walk numbers.
Even if the Dodgers experience difficulty against Allard in this one, it is hard to imagine the Rangers having much success against Bauer. If this game is close by the time the bullpens get involved, Los Angeles has a decisive advantage. This is not the best day to bet on the Dodgers, but they are significantly better than Texas across the board. Back them tonight, but make it a small play.
Game Totals Pick
During the COVID-hit 2020 campaign, the Dodgers struggled mightily against left-handed pitching, and that weakness has carried over into 2021. This season, they rank only 18th in OPS and 14th in ISO against southpaws, while also striking out at an unflattering rate of 23.9 percent. That should give Allard a chance to limit the damage done against him.
If Bauer can deliver a strong outing against a Rangers lineup that ranks 23rd in OPS against right-handed pitching, eight runs seems to be a tall order for a night game played at Dodger Stadium. The under has value, but there is still quite a bit of risk, considering Allard’s career struggles as a starter in the big leagues. Make it a small play if you are wagering.
Under 7.5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.
Money Line Pick
The Jays and Red Sox still have one more game on Monday to close the series. Toronto got a great bounce-back win on Saturday, thanks to yet another home run from 1B Vlad Guerrero Jr. He was not alone either as the Jays hit five home runs on Saturday to get the win. They are still trying to sort out their bullpen but the group backed up Steven Matz in the win. It is going to be one day at a time for the pen, probably for the rest of the season.
Boston has a pretty simple formula, score more than three runs and they win. Only three times all season long have they scored more than three runs and lost a ballgame so when they only scored a couple on Saturday the loss was to be expected. For all of their success this season they are only three games over .500 at Fenway Park. I know that doesn’t quite jive with the offensive numbers but it is true.
On the surface, it might just look like Robbie Ray is having a good season, but he has been much better than that. Last year in 20 innings with the Jays he gave up 14 walks. This year he has given up 14 walks in 64 innings. That improvement makes him one of the toughest pitchers to beat in the American League. Martin Perez has been a fade for me most of his career. He has pitched well for Boston but got hit hard in his last start against Houston. The Astros have a similar lineup to Toronto, with lots of quality right-handed hitters so I worry it will happen again on Sunday. I love the Jays to beat up on Perez while Ray holds the offense below that magic three-run mark.
Game Totals Pick
For this one, I am leaning heavily on the Jays big bats. Guerrero has homered in both games of the series and the way he is swinging the bat he can certainly keep that up. I love the Jays against any lefthanded pitcher and facing Perez at a park like Fenway looks like a gift. While I do think the Jays can put up some crooked numbers and like Ray to pitch well the middle innings have been a challenge all season long. Toronto might need to score seven or more just to make sure the bullpen can’t blow it like they did on Friday night.
Take the over (10 available at publishing)
Money Line Pick
Heading into Sunday action the Rockies were the worst road team in the Majors, 5-26. They dropped the first two games of the series giving up 21 runs combined. Usually, the pitching gets a break when they leave Coors Field, but that has not been the case this season. The hitting and pitching have both been poor on the road so it is no surprise the Rockies have struggled.
For Cincinnati, the outfield duo of Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos continues to impress. Also, on Friday night Joey Votto hit a homer for the second night in a row. If he can keep improving this lineup becomes that much more dangerous. They were 4th in scoring and home runs heading into the weekend without him doing much. They can definitely stay there if he helps balance what could be some regression from others.
The Rockies are hoping that Antonio Senzatela can pitch well again on the road. Against the Marlins he struck out eight batters on Monday. He is more a ground ball pitcher though and it will be important to keep the ball down at Cincinnati. Cincinnati is going to give the ball to one of its top prospects Tony Santillan. The big righty had been having a lot of success at AAA and this is not too tough of a situation for a debut. Facing Major League hitters for the first time can be intimidating but maybe less so this season. I love leaning into the unfamiliarity advantage Santillan will have and facing the Rockies makes it even easier to do so. The Reds are crushing the ball too.
Game Totals Pick
The Reds are stocked with power hitters and the Rockies have a couple of those too. The first two games of this series went over with ease thanks to Cincinnati’s hitting and I am willing to back this final game going over as well. The most likely scenario is the Reds scoring lots of runs at home like they have been most of the season, or maybe Santillan struggles in his debut and the Rockies put a bunch on the board too.. Either way the over is the value play on Sunday.
Take the over (9.5 available at publishing)
Run Line Pick
Seattle has some interesting hitting splits that are going to be tough to win with. They can hit homers (16th) but they are last in the league in batting average and OPS. The Mariners thought they had enough scoring on Saturday but the bullpen collapsed late, blowing a four-run lead before losing in extra innings. This team definitely does not have enough talent to squander opportunities like that.
The Indians come from behind win on Saturday gives them a great chance to complete a series sweep on Sunday. Rookie 1B Bobbie Bradley is proving to be a great find and has hits in four of five games with more than half of those going for extra bases. Every bit of offense helps for this pitching-rich team. With enough hitting this team can be in the race all season long.
The Mariners are hoping Logan Gilbert can be a part of the rotation going forward. His numbers are not great this season but he has looked better in his two most recent starts. Cleveland hit him hard in his MLB debut on May 13 – two homers in just four innings. Facing Shane Bieber is going to make it tough for Gilbert to beat Cleveland this time around no matter how well he pitches. Bieber has cooled after a hot start and you have to wonder if he might have been doing “something” to the ball too as he has only 12 total strikeouts over two starts in July. Even though Bieber might not be at his best he is a tough arm to fade, especially in a game against a light-hitting team like Seattle.
Game Totals Pick
Shane Bieber won the Cy Young last season and has been leading in strikeouts this year. He has been a little off of late though, so I am not expecting him to have his most dominant game of the year. I love the offensive momentum the Indians have from yesterday where they scored all five of their runs after the seventh inning. Look for that to carry over into this one. I am looking for Bieber to give up a few runs and then have the bullpen shut it down after that. The Indians get the five runs or more needed to get this one over off of Gilbert and Co.
Take the over. (7.5 available at publishing)
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