As we’ve already mentioned a few times before, the slower betting period starts in June, and there are just four games in Major League Baseball on today’s schedule. Elsewhere, we’ll only see the Bruins at the Blues in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final that is quite unpredictable with Bruins having a 2-1 lead, so we’ll take a closer look at those four MLB matchups to try to find some value.
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The action starts at Wrigley Field in Chicago where the Cubs welcome the Los Angeles Angels as -150 favorites. The Angels are playing well at the moment, winning four of their last five games prior to their Sunday’s contest, while the Cubs have been struggling lately, losing five of their last six outings prior to their Sunday’s game. On the other hand, the Cubs are 7-2 in their last nine encounters with the Angels.
Trevor Cahill will get the starting nod for the Angels, while the Cubs will counter with Jon Lester. Interestingly, both teams have dropped three straight games with these two guys on the mound. Cahill is 2-5 this season with a 6.92 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.
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Lester is 3-4 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP, and the left-hander is 5-4 in 12 starts against the Angels who are 7-14 against the left-handed starting pitcher this term. Rely on the Cubs’ five-time All-Star and a three-time World Series champion and take the hosts to win.
The NL West showdown from Chase Field in Phoenix will see the divisional leaders Los Angeles Dodgers going against the Arizona Diamondbacks. This a tricky matchup despite the fact that the Dodgers are playing in a great form and are listed as -137 favorites here. The Dodgers entered their Sunday’s clash with eight wins over their last nine outings and five wins in their previous six showings on the road. On the other side, the Diamondbacks snapped their five-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory to the Mets on Saturday, recording their fourth win in the previous eight games at home.
These two foes met each other in a four-game series at Dodger Stadium at the start of the season, and the Dodgers won it 3-1. Walker Buehler will get the ball for the Dodgers, and he’s 5-1 in 11 starts this season with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
The Dodgers are 4-2 in his previous six starts. The D-backs will counter with Robbie Ray who’s 4-2 in 12 starts with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. The D-backs are 5-2 in Ray’s previous seven starts and could be a tough rival with the left-hander on the mound. However, if you’re buying into momentum, take the Dodgers to win.
The Phillies visit the Padres, and this is another difficult game to predict the final outcome. Both teams are playing in an on-off form, but the Phillies could have an advantage on the mound. The visitors will start Aaron Nola who’s 6-0 in 12 starts this season with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP, and the Phillies are undefeated in his previous six starts.
Eric Lauer will get the ball for the Padres, and he’s 4-4 in 11 starts this term with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP, while the left-hander is 10-11 in 34 starts in his career. Interestingly, both Philadelphia and San Diego have won nine of their last 18 H2H duels each and nine of their previous 18 encounters in California.
The AL West showdown at T-Mobile Park in Seattle will see the Mariners hosting the Astros, and this could be a proper high-scoring affair. The Mariners are tallying 4.97 runs per game, allowing 6.02 in a return, while the Astros are scoring 5.05 runs per contest, surrendering 3.49 in a return.
Still, just 3 of the Astros last 16 games overall were finished in the over, but this is a perfect opportunity to see some serious numbers on the scoreboard.
The Mariners’ pitching staff is the 3rd-worst in the league with a 5.19 ERA, while Wade LeBlanc will get the ball for the hosts, and he’s recorded a 6.99 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP in six starts so far. On the other side, Corbin Martin will get the ball for the visitors, and he has a 5.51 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP in four starts this season.
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