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Rays and Blue Jays vie for season series lead in today's matchup

by Mike Spector | Rays Team Correspondent |
Fri, Jul 1st 6:19am ET

The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays have split their first four head-to-head meetings this year, and both vie for the upper hand in the season series in Friday afternoon's matchup... View More

Betting Impact:

The Blue Jays are -132 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Toronto's Jose Berrios' 5.86 ERA jumps out as a huge negative on paper, but much of that is a product of some abysmal road starts, while he has been much better in the Rogers Centre. Berrios has pitched to a 7.92 ERA in nine road starts but is undefeated (3-0) with a 3.18 ERA in six home starts. In addition, his OBA lowers from .326 to .216 when pitching at home, and his K:BB ratio is almost 4:1 compared to being worse than 3:1 on the road. Berrios faces a Rays team that scored 96 runs (fourth-worst in the league) in June, which is a significant disparity compared to Toronto's league-leading 170 runs and 141 wRC+ in the last month. Tampa Bay is down two relievers (Brooks Raley and Ryan Thompson) because of Canada's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Toronto's Matt Chapman is 5-for-5 with two home runs and a wOBA of 1.333 in his career against Rays starter Corey Kluber.

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Cubs look to build toward third straight series win when facing the Red Sox

by Mike Spector | Red Sox Team Correspondent |
Fri, Jul 1st 6:17am ET

The Chicago Cubs have won back-to-back series, and look to start a path towards a third straight series win in today's opener against the Boston Red Sox... View More

Betting Impact:

The Red Sox are -130 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Boston will look to build off the momentum from a solid June when it went 20-6 and had a +44 run differential. Boston's .769 winning percentage in June was its highest in a month since 2011. Today's pitching matchup is between Rich Hill (4-4, 4.09) and Adrian Sampson (0-0, 1.69). The Red Sox are making just the franchise's fourth-ever trip to Wrigley Field.

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Dodgers and Padres bring over streak into series opener

by Mike Spector | Dodgers Team Correspondent |
Thu, Jun 30th 12:29pm ET

The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Los Angeles between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres... View More

Betting Impact:

The O/U for tonight’s series opener between the Padres and Dodgers is 7.5 runs, per BettingPros consensus odds. Despite the over cashing frequently in head-to-head meetings between these teams, the under is 5-1 in L.A.’s last six. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Joe Musgrove (8-1, 2.12) and Mitch White (1-1, 4.25). Musgrove has recorded wins in five of his last six road appearances.

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Early money more than 2/1 on the Cubs over the Reds

by Mike Spector | Cubs Team Correspondent |
Thu, Jun 30th 8:05am ET

Based on the early betting splits at pregame.com, the Chicago Cubs are popular favorites against the Cincinnati Reds in tonight's rubber match of a three-game series... View More

Betting Impact:

The Cubs are slight -121 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Per pregame.com, Chicago's moneyline odds have attracted 72% of the bets and 70% of the money. The Cubs have lost four of Kyle Hendricks' last five starts at Wrigley Field, and his WHIP, OBA, and ERA are all worse at home than on the road this year. Meanwhile, Cincinnati's Graham Ashcraft (4-1, 3.27) looks like a star in the making and impressively beat the Giants twice this year. Ashcraft is hard to elevate, evidenced by his 1.35 GB/FB ratio, and his 34.8% hard-hit percentage is well below league average.

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Blue Jays look to even season series with the Rays

by Mike Spector | Blue Jays Team Correspondent |
Thu, Jun 30th 8:02am ET

The Tampa Bay Rays took two out of three games in their first series against the Toronto Blue Jays, so the Blue Jays will be looking to even the season series in tonight's opener of a five-game set this weekend... View More

Betting Impact:

This line remains off the board as Tampa Bay works to set its pitching plans for the series. Toronto counters with Yusei Kikuchi (2-4, 5.08). The Blue Jays have lost four of Kikuchi's last five starts, and are 4-10 when he toes the rubber.

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Astros are rare home underdogs in one-game tilt against the Yankees

by Mike Spector | Astros Team Correspondent |
Thu, Jun 30th 7:54am ET

The Houston Astros are home underdogs for just the third time this season when facing the New York Yankees for just one game tonight. Houston is 0-2 as home underdogs... View More

Betting Impact:

The Yankees are -125 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. The Yankees successfully navigated the most challenging part of their schedule to date, going 9-4 in 13 consecutive games against teams with a winning record. They followed that up with a sweep of the Athletics. However, two losses in that span came against tonight's opponent, the Astros, who could have easily swept the four-game series in the Bronx as they had leads in every game entering the eighth inning. New York is playing its 17th consecutive game in a row, and can partially blame the lockout for this demanding stretch, as today would have been an off day if not for the need to get games made up from the first week of the season. Houston will face Luis Severino (4-2, 3.38) for the second time in six days, while their starter, Luis Garcia (5-5, 3.68), did not pitch in their last series.

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Phillies look to go over .500 at home when facing the Braves

by Mike Spector | Braves Team Correspondent |
Thu, Jun 30th 7:04am ET

The Philadelphia Phillies are 19-19 in 38 home games this year, and look to improve to over .500 in tonight's series finale against the Atlanta Braves... View More

Betting Impact:

The Phillies are -152 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Philadelphia's Aaron Nola (4-5, 2.98) has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last four starts, going eight innings twice (and seven innings in the other two starts) while pitching to a 0.90 ERA. He faced two of the National League.'s five-best teams in that span (Brewers and Padres) and has shown impeccable command of the strike zone, with 45 strikeouts and just three walks in his last six starts. One of those starts was an 8.1-inning masterpiece against Atlanta when he allowed just one earned run and tied a season-high with ten strikeouts. Conversely, Ian Anderson (6-4, 4.60) has allowed just one home run in his last four starts and faces a Phillies lineup that remains without Bryce Harper.

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Guardians look to build off the momentum of yesterday's comeback win over the Twins

by Mike Spector | Guardians Team Correspondent |
Thu, Jun 30th 7:01am ET

The Cleveland Guardians stunned the Minnesota Twins with four runs in the bottom of the tenth inning to win 7-6 yesterday, and will look to build off that momentum in today's series finale. The finale is the rubber match of the five-game series, with the teams having split the first four meetings... View More

Betting Impact:

The Guardians are -157 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Today’s pitching matchup is between Chris Archer (2-3, 3.14) and Shane Bieber (3-4, 3.07). Archer is is 0-7 with a 5.87 ERA in seven career starts against the Guardians, while Bieber is 5-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 career appearances (12 starts) against the Twins.

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Angels' Ohtani looks to cash strikeout prop against the White Sox

by Mike Spector | Angels Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 29th 4:43pm ET

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani has an O/U of 6.5 strikeouts (per DraftKings) in tonight's matchup with the Chicago White Sox... View More

Betting Impact:

Something has to give in the White Sox-Angels matchup from a strikeout perspective. Chicago has the sixth-lowest strikeout percentage (20.4%) as a team, but Ohtani’s 11.9 K/9 rate would rank third if he had enough innings to qualify. The Over will be a popular play given he is coming off a season-high 13 strikeout performance, but he had less than this projected total in his previous two starts. The Angels are -190 moneyline favorites to win the game, per BettingPros consensus odds.

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Rockies look to continue surprising head-to-head success against the Dodgers

by Mike Spector | Rockies Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 29th 4:41pm ET

The Colorado Rockies are 4-1 in their five head-to-head meetings with the Los Angeles Dodgers this season... View More

Betting Impact:

The Dodgers are -200 moneyline favorites in tonight's matchup, per BettingPros consensus odds. Colorado has outscored L.A. 11-4 through the first two games of this series, as they look to complete the sweep tonight. The pitching matchup is between Julio Urias (5-6, 2.48) and German Marquez (4-5, 5.58). Urias is 2-2 with a 5.61 ERA in 15 appearances (12 starts) against the Rockies, while Marquez is 3-0 over his last four starts.

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Cubs look to even season series against the Reds

by Mike Spector | Cubs Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 29th 4:37pm ET

The Chicago Cubs are 2-3 against the Cincinnati Reds this season, but look to even the season series tonight... View More

Betting Impact:

The Cubs are -136 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight's pitching matchup is between Hunter Greene (3-8, 5.66) and Justin Steele (2-5, 4.59). Greene has allowed 20 home runs this season, the most in the majors. Chicago's Nico Hoerner has recorded five-straight multi-hit games, and is 13-for-23 in his last six contests.

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Marlins are rare road favorites against the Cardinals

by Mike Spector | Marlins Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 29th 4:34pm ET

The Miami Marlins have played 38 road games prior to tonight, but are road favorites for just the eighth time when they face the St. Louis Cardinals... View More

Betting Impact:

The Marlins are -122 moneyline road favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Miami is 3-4 as road favorites, while St. Louis is a profitable 6-5 as home underdogs. Tonight's pitching matchup is between Sandy Alcantara (7-3, 1.95) and Andre Pallante (2-3, 2.03). Alcantara has often been a hard-luck loser against St. Louis, as he has a 0.99 ERA in four career starts against them, but has an 0-3 record to show for it.

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Guardians look to even season series with the Twins

by Mike Spector | Guardians Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 29th 4:28pm ET

The Minnesota Twins hold a narrow 5-4 season series edge over the Cleveland Guardians after the team's split yesterday's doubleheader... View More

Betting Impact:

Tonight's game is a virtual pick'em, as both teams have -110 moneyline odds, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight's pitching matchup is between Dylan Bundy (4-4, 4.80) and Cal Quantrill (4-4, 3.76). Bundy is 4-1 with a 2.82 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) against the Guardians, while Quantrill is 2-0 with a 3.90 ERA in seven career appearances (four starts) against the Twins.

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Blue Jays look to complete home sweep of the Red Sox

by Mike Spector | Blue Jays Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 29th 4:25pm ET

The Boston Red Sox entered this current series against the Toronto Blue Jays 15-4 in its previous 19 road games. However, after Monday's 7-2 blowout loss and last night's collapse after entering the ninth inning with a one-run lead, the Red Sox are on the precipice of getting swept and are now guaranteed its first road series loss in its last eight (6-1-1)... View More

Betting Impact:

The Blue Jays are -165 moneyline favorites to complete the sweep, per BettingPros consensus odds. If the Red Sox avoid the sweep, they will undoubtedly earn the victory in tonight's finale, as it requires beating Alek Manoah (9-2, 2.05). Manoah is 18-4 in 34 career starts, and his .818 winning percentage is the best in the majors since the start of 2021. In addition, Manoah has been nearly unbeatable at the Rogers Centre in his career, as his only career loss at home came in his last home start against the Yankees. One of Manoah's sensational home starts this season has come against Boston, limiting them to just three hits in seven scoreless innings on April 28. Boston has been a much different team since its early-season woes, as its 28-11 record after May 17 is tied for the best in baseball. Also, since that time, the Red Sox have the best BABIP (.327), OBP (.354), the third-best slugging percentage (.468), and the second-best wRC+ (130). Toronto has had a hot offense of its own, as it has scored six or more runs in 22 of its last 32 games and has averaged a league-high 6.32 runs per game since May 24. However, if anyone can end Toronto's hot streak, it is the scalding hot Red Sox. Boston's 19-6 record this month is their best in June in 121 years since going 20-5 in June of 1901.In addition, the team is 8-1 in Nick Pivetta's last nine starts.

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Phillies look to even season series with the Braves

by Mike Spector | Braves Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 29th 4:22pm ET

The Philadelphia Phillies have lost three of five meetings with the Atlanta Braves this season, but look to even the season series with a win tonight... View More

Betting Impact:

The Braves are -134 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Kyle Wright (8-4, 3.18) is still a relative unknown in the Braves’ rotation, as he has just 28 career starts under his belt. But he has won five of his last seven starts and has averaged nearly one strikeout per inning (31 K’s in 31.1 IP) in June. Atlanta has destroyed left-handed pitching all season, as they rank second in the majors with a .808 slugging percentage against southpaws. Thus, Philadelphia’s Ranger Suarez (6-4, 4.23) could be in for a long night, just like when he allowed five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his lone start against Atlanta this season.

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Tigers and Giants bring under streak into today's matchup

by Mike Spector | Tigers Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 29th 4:19pm ET

The under is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants... View More

Betting Impact:

The Tigers-Giants O/U is 7.0 runs, per BettingPros consensus odds. Detroit's 4-3 loss to San Francisco last night was its first in its last five interleague games. Today's pitching matchup is between Rony Garcia (2-2, 4.57) and Alex Wood (5-6, 5.05).

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Diamondbacks look to end divisional losing streak against the Padres

by Mike Spector | Diamondbacks Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 29th 4:15pm ET

The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost 11 consecutive games against opponents from their own division, and look to end that losing streak tonight against the San Diego Padres... View More

Betting Impact:

The Padres are -135 moneyline road favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. San Diego has won nine of its last 11 head-to-head meetings with Arizona. Today's pitching matchup is between Mike Clevinger (1-0, 3.52) and Madison Bumgarner (3-7, 3.75). Bumgarner is still looking for his first win as a Diamondback against the Padres. He is 0-4 with a 6.68 ERA in seven starts against the Padres since joining Arizona.

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Royals look for rare road sweep of the Angels

by Mike Spector | Royals Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 9:28am ET

The Kansas City Royals have beaten the Los Angeles Angels by scores of 6-2 and 12-11 in this current series, and look to complete the three-game road sweep tonight... View More

Betting Impact:

The Angels are -244 moneyline favorites, making them the biggest favorites on Wednesday's slate, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Daniel Lynch (3-6, 5.19) and Shohei Ohtani (5-4, 3.28). Before this series, Kansas City was 1-8 in its last nine road games against Los Angeles. The Royals have now won each of their last five games as road underdogs.

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Mariners look for continued road dominance of the Athletics

by Mike Spector | Mariners Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 9:24am ET

Last night's 8-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics was the Seattle Mariners' seventh straight road victory over their division rivals... View More

Betting Impact:

The Mariners are -135 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between George Kirby (1-2, 3.56) and Paul Blackburn (6-2, 2.26). Blackburn is 2-2 with a 4.68 ERA in five starts against Seattle, while Kirby allowed four runs in five innings with a season-best nine strikeouts in his only start against Oakland earlier this year.

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First place is on the line in Wednesday's Brewers-Cardinals matchup

by Mike Spector | Brewers Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 9:20am ET

First place is on the line in the National League Central tonight as the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers are deadlocked with identical 39-31 records... View More

Betting Impact:

The Cardinals are slight -110 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.06) and Eric Lauer (6-2, 3.57). Wainwright has beaten the Brewers 20 times in his career, but is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts against them this season. Lauer is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) against the Cardinals.

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Guardians and Twins vie for season series lead in Wednesday's matchup

by Mike Spector | Guardians Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 9:16am ET

The Cleveland Guardians and Minnesota Twins have split their four head-to-head matchups this season, and each vies for the season series lead in Wednesday's matchup... View More

Betting Impact:

The Twins are -150 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Triston McKenzie (4-5, 2.96) and Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.09). Gray was shelved for 17 days with a right pectoral injury, but you wouldn't have known it with how he pitched in his first start back from the IL. Gray pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits on the road against the Mariners. Before going on the IL, Gray had allowed just one earned run in 13 innings over two starts against division rivals Detroit and Kansas City. McKenzie's 5.9 H/9 rate leads the league, but his 7.8 K/9 rate has dropped significantly after two years of posting rates of 11.3 and 10.2. McKenzie has struggled mightily against Minnesota in his career, going 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts, and has been rocked for six home runs (most he has allowed to any club) in 26.2 innings.

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Braves look to avoid rare home losing streak when facing the Giants

by Mike Spector | Braves Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 9:08am ET

The Atlanta Braves' 12-10 loss to the San Francisco Giants last night was just its third in the previous 19 games, while San Francisco stopped a mini two-game losing streak that came after a 7-1 stretch. It was also Atlanta's first loss in the last nine home games... View More

Betting Impact:

The Braves are -125 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. The first two games of this four-game series between the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves could not have been more different. On Monday, the Braves won a 2-1 pitcher's duel, as Logan Webb and Max Fried traded punches and gave their teams great outings. Last night, the Giants won a 12-10 slugfest that featured 26 hits and three combined home runs. Tonight's pitching matchup is between Carlos Rodon (6-4, 2.84) and Charlie Morton (4-3, 5.08).

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Yankees look to avoid rare series loss against the Rays

by Mike Spector | Yankees Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 9:04am ET

The New York Yankees have lost just two series all year, but are in danger of a third in tonight's rubber match against the Tampa Bay Rays... View More

Betting Impact:

The Yankees are -145 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 2.72) and Shane Baz (0-1, 5.40). Montgomery is is 4-4 with a 5.02 ERA in 12 career starts against Tampa Bay, while Baz is 2-1 in five career starts, though both wins have come at home.

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Red Sox look to complete home sweep of the Tigers

by Mike Spector | Red Sox Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 8:59am ET

The Boston Red Sox have outscored the Detroit Tigers 10-6 through the first two games of this series, and Boston looks to complete the three-game home sweep tonight... View More

Betting Impact:

The Red Sox are -155 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Tarik Skubal (5-4, 3.13) and Michael Wacha (5-1, 2.28). In his only career start against Boston last season, Skubal threw five shutout innings. Wacha has allowed two runs in a combined 9 1/3 innings in two career appearances against Detroit.

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Orioles look to avoid rare series loss when facing the Nationals

by Mike Spector | Orioles Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 8:32am ET

The Baltimore Orioles have quietly been solid baseball, as it has not lost any of its last three series against Tampa Bay, Toronto, or Kansas City, despite eight of the 11 games being played on the road. However, after losing 3-0 to the Washington Nationals in last night's series opener, they are in danger of dropping their first series of the last four... View More

Betting Impact:

The Orioles are -150 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Patrick Corbin (3-9, 6.59) and Tyler Wells (4-4, 3.62). Corbin leads the league in two of the wrong categories. Corbin's 97 hits and 51 earned runs are the most allowed by any pitcher.

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Pirates look for first four-game winning streak of the season when facing the Cubs

by Mike Spector | Cubs Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 8:29am ET

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won three consecutive games (including the last two against the Chicago Cubs), and look for their first four-game winning streak of the season when facing the Cubs tonight... View More

Betting Impact:

Tonight's game is a virtual pick'em, as both the Cubs and Pirates have -110 moneyline odds, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Keegan Thompson (6-2, 3.27) and Jerad Eickhoff. Eickhoff is making his season debut for the Pirates, and has made 80 MLB starts with the Phillies and Mets earlier in his career.

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Dodgers look to continue road dominance of the Reds

by Mike Spector | Dodgers Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 8:24am ET

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won four of the last five road meetings against the Cincinnati Reds, including last night's 8-2 victory in the series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Dodgers are -175 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Los Angeles' Tyler Anderson is one of three pitchers in baseball with an 8-0 record (Tony Gonsolin and Joe Musgrove, the others). Among the seven pitchers with eight wins, Anderson's .211 OBA ranks second-worst. He has also thrown the second-fewest innings but allowed the second-most home runs (six) of that group. Anderson's last road outing against the White Sox was his shortest of the season, as he was yanked after allowing four earned runs over three innings. He is opposed by Cincinnati's Luis Castillo (2-4, 3.33), who has allowed three or fewer earned runs in all eight of his starts while throwing at least six innings in five of his last six.

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Rockies and Marlins bring over streak into Wednesday's matchup

by Mike Spector | Rockies Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 8:21am ET

The over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins, including cashing in yesterday's 9-8 Marlins win in the series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Marlins-Rockies O/U is 7.5 runs, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight's pitching matchup is between Chad Kuhl (4-4, 3.69) and Pablo Lopez (4-3, 2.85). Lopez is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA in three starts against Colorado, while Kuhl is 0-4 with a 4.50 ERA in six career games (four starts) against the Marlins.

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Padres look to complete home sweep of the Diamondbacks

by Mike Spector | Padres Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 8:18am ET

The San Diego Padres have outscored the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 in the first two wins of this series, and look to complete the three-game home sweep tonight... View More

Betting Impact:

The Padres are -167 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Madison Bumgarner (3-6, 3.45) and Mike Clevinger (1-0, 3.79). Bumgarner has a 13-13 career record against the Padres with a 3.72 ERA in 42 appearances (41 starts), but is 0-3 in six starts as a member of the Diamondbacks. Clevinger is facing Arizona for the first time in his career.

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Phillies look to avoid first three-game losing streak in June against the Rangers

by Mike Spector | Phillies Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 8:14am ET

The Philadelphia Phillies have lost back-to-back games for the first time since the calendar turned to June, and look to avoid their first three-game losing streak this month when facing the Texas Rangers... View More

Betting Impact:

The Phillies are -136 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Today’s pitching matchup is between Zack Wheeler (6-3, 2.69) and Jon Gray (2-3, 4.27). Gray is 4-3 with a 4.29 ERA in nine career starts against Philadelphia, while Wheeler is 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA in three career starts against Texas.

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White Sox look to complete home sweep of the Blue Jays

by Mike Spector | White Sox Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 8:11am ET

The Chicago White Sox have won a pair of high-scoring one-run games against the Toronto Blue Jays, and look to complete the three-game home sweep this afternoon... View More

Betting Impact:

The Blue Jays are -130 moneyline road favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Today’s pitching matchup is between Ross Stripling (3-2, 3.28) and Lucas Giolito (4-3, 4.78). Stripling is making his first career start against Chicago, as he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three career relief appearances against them, while Giolito is 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA in five career starts against the Blue Jays.

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Astros look for continued home dominance of the Mets

by Mike Spector | Astros Team Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 8:03am ET

After last night's 8-2 win in the series opener, the Houston Astros have won seven straight home meetings with the New York Mets... View More

Betting Impact:

The Astros are -135 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Carlos Carrasco (8-2, 3.96) and Luis Garcia (4-5, 3.41). New York has done well to avoid losing streaks of late, as it is 23-5 in its last 28 games following a loss.

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Mariners look for continued road dominance of the Atheltics

by Mike Spector | Mariners Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 9:42am ET

The Seattle Mariners are 6-0 in their last six road games against the Oakland Athletics, and look for a seventh straight road win in tonight's series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Mariners are -141 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. The Athletics have averaged less than two runs per game over their last six games, despite facing the Royals' and Red Sox' pitching staffs that rank 28th and 8th in team ERA, respectively. Meanwhile, the Mariners have been shut out three times in the last six games and scored just three total runs in the four losses of their recent five-game series against the Angels. Tonight's pitching matchup is between Seattle's Marco Gonzales (3-7, 3.41) and Oakland's James Kaprielian (0-4, 6.31).

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Padres look for fifth straight head-to-head win against the Diamondbacks

by Mike Spector | Padres Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 9:39am ET

After losing the first head-to-head meeting of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Diego Padres have won four straight against their division rivals, including last night's 4-1 victory in the series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Padres are -130 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Zac Gallen (4-2, 2.91) and Sean Manaea (3-3, 3.95). San Diego is 5-1 in its last six home games against right-handed starting pitchers.

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Royals look for rare road winning streak at the Angels

by Mike Spector | Royals Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 9:34am ET

The Kansas City Royals are 2-8 in their last ten meetings against the Los Angeles Angels, but are in position for a rare winning streak against them after last night's 6-2 victory in the series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Angels are -164 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Jonathan Heasley (1-3, 3.72) and Reid Detmers (2-3, 4.25). The under is 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings in Los Angeles between these teams.

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Blue Jays and White Sox bring over streak into Tuesday's matchup

by Mike Spector | Blue Jays Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 9:32am ET

The over has cashed in the last five meetings between the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox, including last night's 8-7 White Sox win in the series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Blue Jays-White Sox O/U is 9 runs, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight's pitching matchup is between Kevin Gausman (5-6, 3.21) and Dylan Cease (5-3, 2.91). Chicago is 5-1 in its last six games against a right-handed starting pitcher.

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Line Movements

Gonzalez makes debut for Brewers against the Cardinals

by Mike Spector | Brewers Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 9:28am ET

Starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez makes his season debut for the Milwaukee Brewers in the second game of their four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals... View More

Betting Impact:

The Cardinals are -141 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers were as even as can be entering last night's series opener. They had split their first eight head-to-head meetings and were deadlocked atop the NL Central standings with identical 38-30 records. Milwaukee took a 5-4 season series lead with last night's 2-0 shutout win in the opener. St. Louis counters with Jack Flaherty (0-0, 6.00), who has a ways to go before he is in midseason form, as he was limited to just three innings and 60 pitches in his first start against Pittsburgh.

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Line Movements

Mets are rare underdogs in series opener against the Astros

by Mike Spector | Mets Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 9:22am ET

The New York Mets are underdogs for the 19th time (in their 70th game) when facing the Houston Astros in tonight's road series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Astros are -130 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. New York is 9-9 as underdogs this year, while Houston is 18-9 as home favorites. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Trevor Williams (1-3, 3.53) and Jose Urquidy (5-3, 4.99).

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Line Movements

Phillies open as underdogs despite hot stretch against the Rangers

by Mike Spector | Phillies Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 9:17am ET

Despite winning 14 of their last 17 games under interim manager Rob Thomson, the Philadelphia Phillies opened as road underdogs for their series opener with the Texas Rangers... View More

Betting Impact:

The Rangers are -120 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. The big storyline of this Phillies-Rangers series opener is former Rangers starter Kyle Gibson's return to Texas after being dealt to the Phillies last year. Before joining the Rangers, Gibson (4-2, 4.04) was 2-1 with a 3.08 in seven starts against them. Texas seems to have the pitching edge with Martin Perez (4-2, 2.10) on the mound, as he has the fourth-best ERA in the American League and sixth-best in baseball. However, against the one opponent he faced recently who mashes lefties, the Chicago White Sox, Perez allowed a season-high seven runs, six of which were earned. Philadelphia ranks fifth in the majors in wOBA (.342) against left-handed pitchers, and its 118 wRC+ is tied for fifth.

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Line Movements

Guardians look to continue winning streak in series opener against the Twins

by Mike Spector | Guardians Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 8:59am ET

The Cleveland Guardians are 6-0 in their last six series openers, and look for a seventh straight tonight at the Minnesota Twins... View More

Betting Impact:

The Twins are -174 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Aaron Civale (2-3, 7.84) and Joe Ryan (5-3, 2.81). The Twins are 13-5 in their last 18 meetings with the Guardians.

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Line Movements

Giants look to snap winless streak as road underdogs when facing the Braves

by Mike Spector | Giants Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 8:26am ET

The San Francisco Giants are 0-4 in their last four games as road underdogs, including last night's 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Braves are -164 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 6.08) and Spencer Strider (3-2, 2.45). Atlanta is 12-5 in its last 17 meetings against San Francisco.

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Trends

Yankees look for fifth straight head-to-head win over the Rays

by Mike Spector | Rays Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 8:23am ET

The New York Yankees have won four consecutive games against the Tampa Bay Rays, including last night's 4-2 victory in the series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

There has not yet been a line posted on today's game, as Tampa Bay is undecided about its starting pitching plans. The Yankees and Rays have met eight times this year, and Tampa Bay has scored 15 runs total. None of their last seven meetings have totaled more than seven runs. Now the Rays will have to deal with Nestor Cortes (6-2, 1.94), who has allowed just two earned runs on seven hits in 13.1 innings over two combined starts against them. Tampa Bay has lost eight of ten games and has averaged 2.0 runs per game in those losses.

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Line Movements

Red Sox look for continued home dominance of the Tigers

by Mike Spector | Red Sox Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 8:21am ET

The Boston Red Sox are 5-1 in the last six meetings at Fenway Park against the Detroit Tigers, including last night's 5-2 victory in the series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Red Sox are -210 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Beau Brieske (1-5, 3.79) and Rich Hill (2-4, 4.42). Detroit is 2-6 in its last eight road games against left-handed starters.

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Line Movements

Orioles look to start path to fifth straight series without a loss when facing the Nationals

by Mike Spector | Orioles Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 8:19am ET

The Baltimore Orioles have either won or split their last four series, and look to continue that hot stretch when opening a series against the Washington Nationals... View More

Betting Impact:

There has not been any line posted yet for the Orioles-Nationals series opener, as Baltimore is undecided about its starting pitching plans. Washington sends Erick Fedde (4-5, 4.88) to the mound, and he is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA in two appearances (one start) versus Baltimore. The Orioles have scored at least six runs six times in their last nine games.

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Line Movements

Cubs look to end road losing streak when facing the Pirates

by Mike Spector | Pirates Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 8:12am ET

The Chicago Cubs have lost six consecutive road games, including last night's 12-1 loss in the series opener at the Pittsburgh Pirates... View More

Betting Impact:

The Pirates are -154 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Matt Swarmer (1-2, 5.23) and Roansy Contreras (1-1, 3.06). The Cubs are 13-6 in the last 19 meetings with the Pirates.

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Line Movements

Reds look to end home losing streak against the Dodgers

by Mike Spector | Reds Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 8:07am ET

The Cincinnati Reds have lost four straight games and each of their last five home games, and will look to end both streaks in tonight's series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers... View More

Betting Impact:

The Dodgers are -200 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Tony Gonsolin (8-0, 1.42) and Tyler Mahle (2-5, 4.46). The Dodgers are 10-4 in their last 14 road games at Cincinnati.

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Line Movements

Marlins look for continued home dominance of the Rockies

by Mike Spector | Marlins Team Correspondent |
Tue, Jun 21st 8:05am ET

The Miami Marlins are 4-1 in their last five home meetings against the Colorado Rockies, and look to improve that record in tonight's series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Marlins are -130 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Ryan Feltner (1-2, 4.85) and Daniel Castano (0-1, 0.00). The Rockies are 4-1 in their last five games versus left-handed starters, and the over has cashed in six of the last seven meetings between these teams.

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Line Movements

Padres to be without Machado (ankle) against the Diamondbacks

by Mike Spector | Padres Team Correspondent |
Mon, Jun 20th 9:55am ET

San Diego Padres slugger Manny Machado left yesterday’s game with a sprained ankle, and will miss tonight’s series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks... View More

Betting Impact:

The Padres are -175 moneyline home favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. San Diego’s offense will miss Machado’s .328 average, 12 home runs, and 46 RBIs for as long as he remains out. With their offense not at full strength, the Padres will rely on Yu Darvish (6-3, 3.35), who has pitched to a 2.76 ERA over his previous seven starts. However, he has saved his best stuff for his last two starts, allowing one combined run in 15 innings with seven hits and a 13:0 K:BB ratio against the Mets and Cubs. Darvish also has a 1.35 ERA in five home starts this year, while the Diamondbacks counter with Zach Davies (2-3, 3.78).

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Line Movements

Angels look for continued home dominance of the Royals

by Mike Spector | Angels Team Correspondent |
Mon, Jun 20th 9:54am ET

The Los Angeles Angels are 8-1 in their last nine home games against the Kansas City Royals, and look to continue that home dominance in tonight’s series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Angels are -200 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Not long ago, the Angels were mired in a season-long 14-game winning streak and were a season-low six games under .500. However, a trip to Seattle has helped them right the ship, as they are coming off back-to-back shutout wins and outscored the Mariners 11-2 over the last three games of the five-game series. Also not long ago, Angels slugger Mike Trout was mired in a career-worst 0-for-26 slump. He now has hit five home runs in his last five games, and that home run total in the five-game series is tied for the most of any player in a series against the Mariners. Trout now faces Royals starting pitcher Kris Bubic (0-4, 8.36) for the first time in his career. Bubic has struggled with command of the strike zone, issuing 18 walks (to go along with 24 strikeouts), which is a big reason for his poor 1.89 WHIP. Bubic is opposed by Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 3.53), who has lost back-to-back hard-luck starts, as he only allowed one run in each.

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Line Movements

Blue Jays look for continued head-to-head success against the White Sox

by Mike Spector | Blue Jays Team Correspondent |
Mon, Jun 20th 9:53am ET

The Toronto Blue Jays are 4-1 in the last five meetings with the Chicago White Sox, and look to improve upon that record in tonight's series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Blue Jays are -134 moneyline road favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Toronto is 9-2 in its last 11 road games, while Chicago has lost four of its last five at home. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Jose Berrios (5-2, 4.65) and Lance Lynn (0-0, 6.23).

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Line Movements

Brewers and Cardinals each vie for season series lead in today's opener

by Mike Spector | Brewers Team Correspondent |
Mon, Jun 20th 8:25am ET

The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals have split their eight head-to-head meetings this season, and each vies for the season series lead in today's opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Brewers are -159 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Miles Mikolas (5-4, 2.62) and Corbin Burnes (4-4, 2.52). St. Louis has won six of the last eight road meetings in Milwaukee, but is 1-8 in its last nine games as road underdogs. Mikolas is 6-3 with a 4.16 ERA in 11 career games (ten starts) against the Brewers, while Burnes is 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 career games (nine starts) against the Cardinals.

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Line Movements

Braves look for continued dominance of the Giants in tonight's series opener

by Mike Spector | Braves Team Correspondent |
Mon, Jun 20th 8:18am ET

The Atlanta Braves are 11-5 in their last 16 meetings with the San Francisco Giants, and they look to improve that record in tonight's series opener... View More

Betting Impact:

The Braves are -152 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Logan Webb (6-2, 3.43) and Max Fried (7-2, 2.90). San Francisco has won five consecutive games against teams with a winning record, but is just 1-5 in its last six games as road underdogs.

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Line Movements

Yankees look for fourth straight head-to-head win against the Rays

by Mike Spector | Yankees Team Correspondent |
Mon, Jun 20th 8:14am ET

The New York Yankees are 16-2 in the last 18 games, and three of the wins in that span came last week in the Bronx when they swept the Tampa Bay Rays... View More

Betting Impact:

The Yankees are -130 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Gerrit Cole (6-1, 3.33) and Shane McClanahan (7-3, 1.84). Gerrit Cole's 3.33 ERA is on pace to be his highest of the last five seasons through 13 starts. Cole has allowed five or more earned runs in two of his previous five starts. His .250 winning percentage (2-6 record) against Tampa Bay is the second-worst against any opponent he has faced. Shane McClanahan finished seventh in the AL Rookie of the Year voting this year but might be adding a Cy Young Award to his trophy case this season if he keeps up this blistering pace. McClanahan has won five of his last seven starts and pitched to a 0.98 ERA while striking out at least seven batters in each. McClanahan is the league leader in ERA (1.84), strikeouts (105), and WHIP (0.855).

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Line Movements

Tigers and Red Sox bring over streak into tonight's series opener

by Mike Spector | Red Sox Team Correspondent |
Mon, Jun 20th 8:11am ET

The over has cashed in each of the last five meetings at Fenway Park between the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox... View More

Betting Impact:

The Tigers-Red Sox O/U is 9 runs, per BettingPros consensus odds. Boston has won five consecutive series, and have lost just one of its last 12 series overall. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between a pair of rookies, as Alex Faedo (1-3, 4.28) faces Josh Winckowski (1-1, 4.50).

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Line Movements

Cubs-Pirates series opener is a virtual pick'em

by Mike Spector | Cubs Team Correspondent |
Mon, Jun 20th 8:08am ET

Tonight's series opener between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates is a virtual pick'em, as each team has -110 moneyline odds, per BettingPros consensus odds... View More

Betting Impact:

Pittsburgh is 2-11 in it last 13 games, while Chicago has the same record in that span, but is coming off a surprising series win against Atlanta. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Caleb Killian (0-1, 8.00) and JT Brubaker (0-7, 4.50). Killian is making his third career start, while Brubaker is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in seven career games (six starts) against Chicago.

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Line Movements

Marlins look to earn series split against the Mets

by Mike Spector | Marlins Team Correspondent |
Mon, Jun 20th 7:32am ET

After dropping the first two games of the four-game series, the Miami Marlins won yesterday's game against the New York Mets 6-2, and look to earn a split of the four-game series this afternoon... View More

Betting Impact:

The Mets are -175 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Today’s pitching matchup is between Trevor Rogers (3-5, 5.87) and David Peterson (3-1, 3.60). Rogers is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four career starts against the Mets, while Peterson won his only career start against Miami. New York is 15-3-2 in its 20 series entering this afternoon's finale.

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Line Movements

Astros look for another home series win over the White Sox

by Mike Spector | Astros Team Correspondent |
Sun, Jun 19th 9:26am ET

The Houston Astros have won 19 of their last 27 home meetings against the Chicago White Sox, and look for another home series win against them in tonight's rubber match of the three-game series... View More

Betting Impact:

The Astros are -182 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Today’s pitching matchup is between Michael Kopech (2-2, 1.92) and Cristian Javier (3-3, 3.20). After appearing in 44 games last year but making just four starts, Michael Kopech is excelling in his first full season as a starting pitcher. Kopech left his previous start against Texas last Sunday after just 0.2 innings with discomfort in his right knee. However, the injury was not considered serious, and Kopech is making his 12th start of the season just one week later. Cristian Javier is on pace for a career-low in ERA in his third season. Javier does not yet have enough innings to qualify, but if he did, his 11.29 K/9 rate would rank fifth-best in the league. The Astros are just 5-7 in Javier's starts, making him the only starting pitcher that has not guided the team to a winning record in his starts.

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Line Movements

Twins look for rare winning streak when facing the Diamondbacks

by Mike Spector | Twins Team Correspondent |
Sun, Jun 19th 9:23am ET

The Minnesota Twins have just one winning streak in their last 23 games, and look for back-to-back wins in the rubber match of their three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks... View More

Betting Impact:

The Twins are -120 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Today’s pitching matchup is between Chris Archer (1-2, 3.35) and Merrill Kelly (5-4, 3.68). Minnesota is just 1-6 in its last seven interleague games as favorites, while Arizona's 11-1 loss last night was its first in its previous five interleague games.

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Line Movements

Guardians look for sixth consecutive series win in rubber match against the Dodgers

by Mike Spector | Guardians Team Correspondent |
Sun, Jun 19th 9:18am ET

The Cleveland Guardians are 15-5 in the last 20 games, and look for a sixth straight series win this afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers... View More

Betting Impact:

The Dodgers are -175 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Today’s pitching matchup is between Shane Bieber (3-3, 3.01) and Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.00). Heaney has not appeared in a game since April 17, as he missed more than two months with left shoulder discomfort. Cleveland's lineup ranks 28th in wRC+ (83) and 29th in wOBA (.280) vs. left-handed pitching. In addition, they may again be without their best hitter, Jose Ramirez, who sat out yesterday's game with right thumb discomfort. Considering Ramirez leads the team in many statistical categories like average (.305), OPS (1.039), and WAR (3.4), his absence will be difficult to overcome. Los Angeles has an MLB-best +116 run differential.

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Public Betting

Early money more than 4-1 on the over in the Angels-Mariners series finale

by Mike Spector | Mariners Team Correspondent |
Sun, Jun 19th 9:16am ET

Based on the early betting splits at pregame.com, the over is a popular play in the series finale between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels... View More

Betting Impact:

The Angels-Mariners O/U is 7.5 runs, per BettingPros consensus odds. Per pregame.com, the over has attracted 76% of the bets and 85% of the money. Seattle is also a popular favorite, as 59% of the money and 85% of the cash has backed its -170 moneyline odds. Today’s pitching matchup is between Kenny Rosenberg (0-0, 7.50) and Logan Gilbert (7-2, 2.22).

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