The first day of August brings us yet another middle of the week split slate. Unfortunately, there is not much value to be found, but after the success we have had with the under this week, there at least three games which have the potential to be low scoring.
Here are Today’s MLB Picks:
Twins @ Marlins
In a strange way this pitching matchup should be fascinating. Well anytime Michael Pineda is on the mound it is must-watch TV in a way. When Pineda is on, he is brilliant, when he is off, well it can be very entertaining. Just recently he has been pitching very well, allowing just eight earned runs in five starts and 30 1/3 innings. In contrast, Jordan Yamamoto as struggled his last couple of times out. The young rookie had allowed just six earned runs in his first six starts, but he has allowed 11 in his last two starts. However, those 11 earned runs have come on just a total of six hits and five walks, essentially meaning every hitter who got on the bases scored. That is ridiculously bad luck and is unlikely to be continue. This may seem crazy but I like both of these two to pitch well today and the under to be very much in play in pitcher friendly Miami.
1u – Under 8 Total Runs @ -105
Cubs @ Cardinals
So far this has been a brilliant series in the extremely tight NL Central. The Cubs and Cardinals have so far split the series 1-1, with a grand total of five runs being scored. I do not expect that to change in this matchup and Jack Flaherty and Jon Lester take to the mound. Both were superb in July, with Flaherty having a 2.48 ERA, and Lester bouncing back with a 2.77 record. Flaherty has also been good at home this year allowing an ERA of just 3.20. With the weather favoring the pitchers in this one, and the tight series so far, the under is the way to go on this one.
1u – Under 8 Total Runs @ -102
Padres @ Dodgers
Now this is the blockbuster pitching matchup we wanted to end the night with. Clayton Kershaw continues to be his incredible self, with a 2.85 ERA and just three earned runs allowed since the All-Star break. Joey Lucchesi has been a bit of a rollercoaster this year, but there has been a lot of good. I am fully expecting him to be at his very best for this duel with one of the best that there has ever been. This contest should be a fascinating watch and could be an extremely low scoring. Once again the under is the way to look here despite the extremely low line.
1u – Under 7.5 Total Runs @ +100