MLB Picks for Today
The first game of the day is an interleague matchup between Cincinnati and Cleveland. The Tribe haven't been able to hit the broad side of a barn this season, batting .206 and averaging the second-fewest runs per game in the majors at 2.78.
Thankfully for Cleveland fans they have Zach Plesac on the mound. Plesac had a solid rookie season in 2019 pitching to a 3.81 ERA and he started the year off throwing eight innings of shutout ball against the Chicago White Sox.
The Reds will hand the ball to Sonny Gray who had a breakthrough year last season going 11-8 with a 2.87 ERA and a BAA of .196. He's off to a sizzling start this year as well, allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out 20 batters across 12 2-3 innings. Back the Under.
PREDICTION: Under 8.5 (-120)
Although the A's have struggled at the plate this season, they have more than enough talent in their lineup to snap out of it. At least on paper, the likes of Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien and Matt Olson are far superior to Seattle's lineup.
Oakland's sluggers should have an easier time against Mariners starter Justus Sheffield. He pitched to a 5.50 ERA across 36 innings last year, and give up four earned runs through three innings in his first start this year.
Frankie Montas will take the hill for the A's. Although Montas hasn't been quite as sharp this year as he was last season when he went 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA, he's still a much better option than Sheffield. Take Oakland on the run line.
PREDICTION: Run line Oakland A's (-115)
Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres
Both the Dodgers and Padres have aces on the mound for this contest between two NL West squads that are off to strong starts this season.
LA's Walker Buehler was limited to 56 pitches in his first start of this season he should be able to increase his workload on Monday. Buehler went 14-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 2019, and dominated the Padres going 2-0 against them while allowing just one run and striking out 26 batters in 15 innings.
Chris Paddack had an impressive rookie season last year but he roughed up in two of three starts vs. the Dodgers. Paddack allowed 12 runs (nine earned) and four homers through 14 1/3 innings across all three contests versus LA. With the Dodgers 5-0 against the Padres in the last five meetings in San Diego, back them on the first five innings run line.
PREDICTION: First Five Innings Dodgers -0.5 (-110)
Yesterday's MLB record: 1-2
Season MLB betting record: 17-12, +3.55 units
MLB betting card for August 3
- Indians vs Reds Under 8.5 (-120)
- Runline Oakland A's -1.5 (-115)
- First Five Innings Dodgers -0.5 (-110)
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