It’s another great day for baseball betting! Here, we’re taking a look at the top five games on Thursday’s schedule.
Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays
After winning the first game against the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2, the Athletics look to secure another. So far, they’re 3-3 on the season and come into this game as 1.5-run underdogs. Taking the mound for Oakland is the LHP Cole Irvin, who is 0-1 this season. The Athletics will rely on Tony Kemp and Seth Brown to get the bats swinging early.
Although the Rays took a loss to start this series, they’re still favored here. The reason for that is likely because they’re starting Josh Fleming, who’s 1-0 this season. Fleming has recorded five strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched. Hopefully, Ji-Man Choi can put his .563 batting average to good use against Irvin tonight.
St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
Adam Wainwright will take the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Wainwright is 1-0 this season and has tallied six strikeouts in six innings pitched. The Cardinals are actually +125 in this game on the Moneyline, a relatively solid pick. We expect a big game from Nolan Arenado, the Cardinals’ third basemen who’s batting .438.
On the mound for the Brewers is Brandon Woodruff, who’s 0-1 this season. With a 17.18 ERA this season, the Brewers are coming in at a disadvantage. Their batting hasn’t been very impressive this season either, currently at .212 as a team. Look for the Cardinals to win this game on the road.
Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
At the moment, the Blue Jays are leading this series 2-1 against the New York Yankees. Their most recent game was yesterday and the Blue Jays won 6-4. Today, they come in at +105 on the Moneyline and could be a good pick. However, the Yankees might be a better one because of their starting pitcher.
Taking the mound for the Yankees today is Luis Severino, in his first full start of the season. Severino has thrown five strikeouts in only three innings. The Yankees’ batting will be the real reason behind a win here, especially with how Anthony Rizzo has batted. Rizzo has hit three home runs and is batting .353.
Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres
Taking the mound for the Braves on Thursday is Charlie Morton. Morton is 1-0 this season and has thrown five strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched. One of the main reasons why the Braves are 3-4 this season is due to poor batting. As a team, they have a batting average of .238, however, it’s still better than the Padres.
The San Diego Padres come into this game at -110 on the Moneyline, which is kind of surprising. As a team, they’re batting .230, which they’ll hope to turn around. On the mound is Joe Musgrove, who has thrown eight strikeouts in six innings. Look for Musgrove and the Padres to come away with a win here.
Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers
After the Dodgers recent performance against the Twins, the Reds might have a tough time. The good news is they won’t have to face Clayton Kershaw as the starting pitcher. Instead, the Reds will face Walker Buehler, another one of the Dodgers best pitchers. They’ll send Luis Cessa out on the mound to start the game.
The Dodgers showed incredible batting against a lackluster Twins bullpen on Wednesday. Today, they’ll face the Reds, who have a slightly better pitching lineup. Still, with the Dodgers batting the Reds are in for a tough game. Los Angeles comes in at -265 on the Moneyline, and we think they’re the best choice. However, for better odds, we’ll take the -1.5 runline bet.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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