Here’s an overview of some of the top games in sports being played on June 22. Today, we’re taking a closer look at five games from Major League Baseball and the NHL Playoffs.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres – 4:10 PM ET
What better way to kick off the daily sports bets than with an NL West game. The Diamondbacks, who have had a rough season so far, face off against the 43-27 Padres. Arizona nearly won yesterday’s game, losing 3-2 in the 11th inning. Tonight, they’ll send out Madison Bumgarner and hope he fairs better.
Opposite of Bumgarner is Mike Clevinger, the 1-0 starting pitcher for the Padres. Clevinger has a 3.79 ERA this season, which is slightly worse than Bumgarner. However, Clevinger does have the batters of the Padres to back him up. This season, Padres batters have an average of .242 compared to Arizona’s .216. We’ll take the Padres to win this one tonight -160.
Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins – 6:40 PM ET
Another game that’s definitely worth watching is the Rockies at the Marlins. Yesterday’s game was a high scoring one, with the Marlins winning 9-8. The Rockies have won three of their last five games but still have a record of 30-38 this season. They’ll start the 4-4, Chad Kuhl, on the mound tonight who has an ERA of 3.69.
The Marlins will send out their own four-win starting pitcher in Pablo Lopez. Lopez is 4-3 this season with an ERA of 2.85. Considering he has a much better ERA than Kuhl, we’ll give the advantage to the Marlins. However, in terms of batting, the advantage goes to the Rockies who have a .262 average. With that being said, we’ll take the Rockies at +175 tonight.
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:05 PM ET
The Cubs have already lost the first two games of the series to the Pittsburgh Pirates. With Chicago’s record at a dangerous 25-43, they desperately need a win. The person they hope will do this for them is Keegan Thompson, who is 6-2 this season. Thompson’s impressive record is backed by a 3.27 ERA. If there’s anyone that can break their slump, it’s Thompson.
The Pirates are in for a tough game with Thompson on the mound. They’re sending out Jerad Eickhoff to the mound who has yet to pitch a single game. The Cubs also have an advantage in terms of batting with an average of .242. Although the Pirates won the first two, we think the Cubs take this game.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – 8:00 PM ET
The Avalanche is leading this series 2-1 at the moment. However, in Game 3, they surrendered six goals to the Lightning, losing the game. Colorado has the chance again tonight to take a 3-1 lead in the series. If they can do that, they’ll force the Lightning up against a wall, which is what they need to do. Relying on their offense is the best bet for the Avalanche.
Considering Colorado averages 3.76 goals per game, this shouldn’t be a problem. Still, the way they played in Game 3 was definitely concerning. Brayden Point is still out for the Lightning and RW Nikita Kucherov is on the “day-to-day” list. Look for the Avalanche to take advantage of these injuries and get a win on the road tonight.
Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics – 9:40 PM ET
The final game we’ll take a look at is the Mariners at the Athletics. This series began yesterday with an 8-2 win for the Mariners. Tonight, Seattle will try to repeat the same performance from the night before. On the mound is George Kirby, the 1-2 RHP with an ERA of 3.56. Although Kirby’s record isn’t great, his ERA is pretty solid.
Speaking of solid ERAs, Paul Blackburn will get the start for the Athletics tonight. Blackburn has a record of 6-2 this season with an ERA of 2.26. The big problem for the Athletics is batting, where the team has an average of .210. Look for the Mariners to have a bit of trouble against Blackburn but still pull off the win.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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