Major League Baseball Previews
New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles
On Friday, the Yankees and Orioles will begin a weekend AL East divisional series. The Yankees are mired in a bad outbreak of COVID-19 right now that has seen seven staff members test positive, as well as star middle infielder Gleyber Torres who missed the last couple of games with a non-injury related status. Keep an eye on how this progresses over the next couple of days, as it may get to the point where Yankees games get cancelled. So we should see Domingo German lined up for the start potentially against John Means who is by far Baltimore’s best starting pitcher. Although the Yankees can mash against left handed pitchers, Means has shown he is more than able to handle himself with a high strikeout rate against righties. Means is fresh off a no-hitter last week, and the Orioles have not been the offensive slouches they have been over the past couple of seasons. With players like Cedric Mullins and top prospect Ryan Mountcastle leading the way, Baltimore is not an automatic pushover this year. Given the COVID issues that the Yankees are having, and the fact that they are always a heavy favorite, I’m going to take a shot on the Baltimore moneyline if Means is on the hill.
Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros
The battle of Texas and AL West rivals, the Rangers and Astros will lock horns on Sunday morning. The Astros have been playing better as of late although that is probably more due to the bats than the starting pitching. Texas has been struggling, and their pitchers have been allowing one of the highest batting averages in the MLB with a .253 average against. They have also collectively have a 4.22 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP, while allowing 51 home runs to opposing batters. So we should take the Astros right? Sure, but Houston is likely to be heavy favorites which makes betting them on the moneyline a less than profitable endeavor. The runline is also in play, although these are less than ideal at times due to the inconsistency of bullpens. With the temperature rising in Texas (yes, I know Minute Maid Park is an indoor park, but the roof should be open), I think that baseballs could be flying out of the park at a higher rate than normal. That means with two teams with suspect pitching and the Astros ranking 4th in runs scored and 9th in runs allowed, I am going to be taking over the total in this game.
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