Happy Labor Day! As an added bonus we also have plenty of afternoon baseball to fill your time between fantasy drafts. Let’s look where we might be able to find value today.
Here are Today’s MLB Picks:
New York Mets @ Washington Nationals
Well it all went rather wrong for Noah Syndergaard last time out, as the Chicago Cubs took him for nine earned runs. However, since the All-Star break he has been largely pretty good and should be able to get back to that today. The Nationals offense is hot right now but facing the Orioles and Marlins pitchers is a much easier challenge than going up against Syndergaard. On the other side we have Joe Ross, who has allowed just three earned runs in his last five starts. After his rough start as a starter this season, he has turned it right around, and is now among the hottest pitchers in baseball. This has the feel of a tense back and forth type game between two teams with playoff aspirations this season.
1u – Under 9.5 Total Runs @ -105
Houston Astros @ Milwaukee Brewers
This is the game of the day for me as Gerrit Cole squares off with Adrian Houser. Cole has a 2.85 ERA and has allowed more than two earned runs just twice in his last 10 starts. Houser has allowed just nine earned runs in total in his last six outings and has been really good as a starter, especially at home. The Brewers offense has been quiet lately, with just 14 earned runs in his last five starts, and the Astros struggled a little in Toronto, scoring just six earned in their last two games. This game should be a fascinating duel and screams a low-scoring one to me.
2u –Under 8 Total Runs @ +100
Colorado Rockies @ Los Angeles Dodgers
This is a pretty stark mismatch of pitching in this game. Walker Buehler and his 2.13 home ERA takes on Peter Lambert, who has a 6.63 ERA this season. His road ERA is marginally better, but it still sits at 6.07, mainly due to allowing nine earned runs in Houston. At home this season the Dodgers are scoring an average of 5.27 runs per game and allowing just 3.20, which combined with the pitching mismatch should give them every chance of dominating this game.
1u – Los Angeles Dodgers -2 @ -125
By Ben Rolfe