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MLB Best Bets for August 18, 2022

It’s another great day for baseball betting! Here, we’re taking a look and betting on the top five games on Thursday’s schedule.

Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 1:15 PM ETrockies vs cardinals baseball betting

The Colorado Rockies have lost four games in a row including last night’s loss. With a record of 51-68, they find themselves in danger of being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals. To avoid this, they’re starting Antonio Senzatela, a 3-6 pitcher with an ERA of 4.67. However, they’ll need a lot more help from their batters to avoid a loss tonight.

The St. Louis Cardinals are 65-51 this season with a home record of 39-21. On the mound for the Cardinals tonight is Adam Wainwright, who is 8-8 with a 3.27 ERA. The Cardinals have a fairly strong batting group as well, batting .254 as a team. With an on-base percentage of .325 we think the Cardinals will pull off the sweep tonight at -240.

Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles – 3:05 PM ETcubs vs orioles baseball betting

The Chicago Cubs finished their series against the Washington Nationals with a 3-2 win. Today, they face a team from the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles. With an overall record of 49-67, things aren’t going well for the Cubs but a few wins could help out. Although SP Adrian Sampson is 0-3 he has an impressive ERA of 3.88 this season.

The Baltimore Orioles have a record of 61-56 but still ranks fourth in the AL East. In order to move up, they need to win games. This series against the Cubs good be a good chance for them to increase their standing. On the mound tonight is the 4-2 Spenser Watkins, who has an ERA of 4.23. Between these two, we’ll take the Cubs on the road +135.

Boston Red Sox vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:05 PM ETred sox vs pirates baseball betting

The Boston Red Sox come into this game as -160 favorites after last night’s win. They’ve beaten the Pittsburgh Pirates twice already, scoring more than five runs each time. Getting the start on the mound is Josh Winckowski, whose 4.69 ERA could be a problem. The real key to this game is the Red Sox’s batting unit who has an average of .253 this season.

Unfortunately for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they don’t have a strong batting group. As a team, they have a batting average of .220 and an on-base percentage of .288. Struggling to get on base is what’s caused them to lose their last six games. Another big problem is pitching, tonight they’ll have the 2-10 JT Brubaker on the mound. We’ll take the Red Sox at -160 tonight.

New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves – 7:20 PM ETmets vs braves baseball betting

Expected to be one of the most entertaining games of the night, this series is at 2-1 (Braves). The New York Mets won last night’s game, finally being able to take down Atlanta. Tonight, with the help of Jacob deGrom, the Mets look to beat the Braves again. deGrom has a record of 2-0 as a starter with an ERA of 1.62.

The interesting thing in this game is that deGrom is fresh after being put on the IL for some time. That could mean extra pitches or it could mean that he might be a bit rusty. A pitcher that we don’t have to worry about rust with is Atlanta’s Max Fried. Fried has a 10-4 record with an ERA of 2.60 this season. This is going to be a close one but we’ll take the home team here.

Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres – 9:40 PM ETnationals vs padres baseball betting

Our final game of the night is between the Washington Nationals and San Deigo Padres. The Nationals have lost their last two games and recently lost to the Padres. However, on August 13, they found a way to beat the Padres 4-3. On the mound tonight is Anibal Sanchez, who puts the Nationals at a disadvantage. Sanchez is 0-5 with an ERA of 7.20.

The Padres batters do well against Sanchez, especially after posting a 10-3 win over the Miami Marlins. Manny Machado is batting .305 this season with 21 home runs and 73 RBIs. The Padres are also starting one of their best pitchers in Yu Darvish. Darvish has a 10-6 record with a 3.40 ERA. This one’s pretty clear, we’ll take the Padres at home -385.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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