The calendar has turned over to September. The leaves will start changing before long, and the temperatures will start changing in a hurry. Football is the main focus right now for most people, but don’t forget to keep an eye on the diamond because there is money to be made here as well. Expanded rosters mean there will be a lot of new names in the majors, so make sure you do your homework before placing those wagers.
-Detroit and Cleveland meet in a series with plenty of importance for both teams. It’s Price vs. Kluber in Game One on Monday. The Indians are 18-4 in Kluber’s last 22 home starts. The Tigers are 1-10 in their last 11 as a road underdog. On the other hand, Detroit is 12-4 in their last 16 games in Cleveland. The over is a perfect 8-0 in the last 8 meetings between these two in Cleveland.
-Pittsburgh and St. Louis meet once again this week. St. Louis has actually tied Milwaukee for the lead in the NL Central, thanks largely to the Brewers poor play of late. Pittsburgh isn’t far behind, and they are in good position for a Wild Card spot as well. The Pirates are 2-7 in their last 9 road games. The over is 19-7-3 in their last 29 meetings between each other in St. Louis.
-Two of the top teams in the National League meet in Los Angeles this weekend. Washington is 14-5 in their last 19 games overall. The Nationals have won only 7 of their last 31 games in Los Angeles though. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two.
-The Chicago Cubs are bringing up some hitting stars, and it seems like they are a team that could play spoiler some down the stretch. The Cubs host Milwaukee this week. The Brewers have lost five straight games. Milwaukee is 40-18 in their last 58 meetings with the Cubs. The under is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.
-The Red Sox and Yankees meet in New York this week. The Red Sox have nothing to play for, but the Yankees are in a heated battle for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. The Red Sox are 4-10 in their last 14 games overall. The Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing record.
-Seattle goes to Oakland to take on a suddenly struggling A’s team. Oakland is 0-4 in their last 4 overall, and they are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The A’s are 37-14 in their last 51 home games, so they hope coming home will turn things around. Seattle is 16-6 in their last 22 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
-The Giants have been up and down all year, and they have now won six straight games in a row. San Francisco is just 4-10 in their last 14 road games at Colorado, but the Rockies are very short-handed right now. Colorado is 20-47 in their last 67 games overall. The under is 10-1-1 in the last 12 meetings at Coors Field.