Cardinals Have Been Profitable as Underdogs

St. Louis Cardinals

Two teams in the heat of the National League Wild Card race hook up tonight as the Cardinals and Dodgers kick off a three-game series in St. Louis. The Cards appear to be offering good value at home as +107 underdogs for the contest. They’ve been a profitable bet as underdogs lately, going 8-2 in their last 10 as dogs.

Michael Wacha takes the hill for the Cards, but he’s actually been a bit worse at home this season, posting a 4.85 ERA in 10 starts at Busch Stadium, compared to a 4.02 ERA in nine road starts. This Dodgers lineup has had their way with Wacha, combining to hit .306 in 62 at-bats.

Brandon McCarthy will hope to continue the strong start he’s had to his season after returning from injury. In his three starts this season, all coming in this month, he’s 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA. In two of the starts, he didn’t allow a run.

Going OVER with Wacha on the mound has been the norm for St. Louis, as they’ve gone OVER in 11 of his last 13 starts. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have gone OVER in four straight vs teams with winning records. The total for tonight’s game is set at eight runs.

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Slumping Rangers Have Been Terrible Runline Play

The Texas Rangers have hit the skids with the club going just 3-12 in their past 15 games and many of those losses have not even been close. The Rangers have been outscored by 3.6 runs per game during their past 15 contests while going a terrible 2-13 against the runline. The Rangers kick off a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals Friday.

  • The Rangers are hitting an MLB-best .287 against lefties this season.
  • The UNDER is 9-0 in the past nine games between the Rangers and Royals in Kansas City.
  • The Royals are 14-2 in their past 16 home games coming off a home loss.

Yu Darvish has not exactly been the model of health since his Tommy John surgery, as the righty has made just four appearances throughout the season. Darvish has pitched well when he has gone to the bump this season, as he has a 3.15 ERA and has yet to surrender more than three runs in an outing.

Royals’ starter Danny Duffy has been absolutely dealing recently, as the lefty has registered at least seven strikeouts in his past five outings and seven of his past eight.    

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Camden Yards Has Been An Impenetrable Fortress

Visiting teams have dreaded playing at Camden Yards all season, but the Baltimore Orioles have been particularly effective at home lately. The O’s – who have the best home record in baseball – have gone 7-1 in their past eight at home while outscoring opponents by nearly three runs per game in that span. Baltimore kicks off a three-game set with the Cleveland Indians Friday.

  • The Indians are 1-6 in their past seven games against the Orioles.
  • The UNDER is 9-0 in the Orioles past nine games.
  • The Indians have won their past seven games on Friday.

Trevor Bauer has been phenomenal on the road this season, as the righty has posted a 2.78 ERA in 11 appearances away from Progressive Field.  However, Bauer has shown some issues in his past two starts with hitters collecting 15 hits and nine runs – his worst two-game span in nearly two months.

The Orioles will give the ball to youngster Dylan Bundy for just his second start of the year. Bundy has some issues in his first start of the season in his last outing, as the righty gave up four earned runs and three home runs in just 3.1 innings of work.

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Yankees Have won Six Straight with Tanaka Starting

Tanaka Yankess

An East Coast road trip continues for the San Francisco Giants and they’ll be looking to put an end to a 5-game losing streak in the Bronx vs the Yankees. Another loss would mark their longest losing streak of the season, but they’re sending the right man to the mound to end the skid, with Madison Bumgarner set to take the ball.

Bumgarner is 5-3 on the road this season with a 2.75 ERA. Although he’s never pitched against the Yankees, New York hitters have a combined 86 at-bats against him when they were on other teams, and in some cases, have hit him relatively hard. Chase Headley, in particular, has a .303 AVG and three home runs in 33 at-bats against the Giants’ ace.

The Yankees will counter with their best option on the mound, Masahiro Tanaka. The Yanks have been victorious in six straight Tanaka starts, and he’s been good in his three July starts, allowing four earned runs in 18.1 innings of work.

Given the strong pitching matchup, the game features the lowest run total on today’s MLB schedule, currently set at seven runs. The Yankees have gone UNDER in seven straight games, and the total has also gone UNDER in six straight when these teams play at Yankees Stadium.

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