MLB – TRENDS OF THE DAY
The ultimate day of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season is full of meaningless games, but two teams still have something to play for. The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers both lost last night, so the NL Central title is still in the air. The Cardinals are one game ahead of the Brewers and need to beat the Cubs today to clinch the divisional title.
The Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 last night to secure the best record in baseball and eventual home-field advantage in the World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays lost 4-1 at the Toronto Blue Jays, so they will visit the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game because the A’s own the tiebreaker. The Washington Nationals will host the National League wild-card game, but they are still waiting to see who’s going to win the NL Central and who’s traveling to the Nationals Park this coming Wednesday.
- Featured game: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Last year, the Cubs and Brewers played a Game 163 tiebreaker to decide the NL Central champion, and the Cardinals will try to avoid that scenario with a victory over the Cubs today. The Cardinals lost the first two contests of a three-game series at Busch Stadium (8-6 and 8-2) and are riding a four-game losing streak. Still, the Cardinals are 5-2 in their last seven meetings with the Cubs and 8-4 in the previous 12 head-to-head duels in St. Louis. On the other side, the Cubs are only 2-9 in their last 11 games overall and 4-8 in their previous 12 outings on the road.
Derek Holland will get the ball for the Cubs, and he is 2-4 in seven starts and 43 relief appearances this season, tallying a 5.47 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Jack Flaherty will take the hill for the Cardinals, and he’s 10-8 in 32 starts this season, recording a 2.85 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. The Cardinals are 6-3 in Flaherty’s last nine starts including a 5-4 win to the Cubs ten days ago. Flaherty pitched eight innings, allowing just three hits and an earned run while striking out eight. Jack’s 2-2 in eight starts against the Cubs in his career.
- Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies
After an 11-7 loss in the opener, the Brewers blew another chance to tie with the Cardinals, losing the middle contest of a three-game series at Colorado 3-2. Now, the Brewers are 7-2 in their last nine games overall and 11-3 in their previous 14 showings on the road. Also, the Brewers are 12-6 in their last 18 meetings with the Rockies and 8-4 in the previous 12 encounters at Coors Field in Denver. However, the Rockies won their last four matchups with the Brewers. They are 4-6 in the last ten contests overall and 8-3 in the previous 11 outings at Coors Field.
Adrian Houser will toe the slab for the Brewers, and he’s 6-7 this season with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. The Brewers are 3-5 in his last eight starts, while Houser will meet the Rockies for the first time in his career. Jeff Hoffman will take the mound for the Rockies, and he’s 2-6 this term with a 6.78 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. The Rockies are 2-4 in Jeff’s previous six starts, while he met the Brewers once in 2016, pitching five innings in a 4-3 home loss.
END OF SEPTEMBER 29th MLB TRENDS
MLB – TRENDS OF THE DAY
After the Cleveland Indians’ 8-2 defeat at the Washington Nationals on Friday, the race for the wild cards is over. The Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays clinched the playoff spots in the American League, so there are plenty of meaningless games on today’s schedule. Still, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers are fighting for the best record in the league, while the NL Central title is in the air after Milwaukee and St. Louis both lost last night. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at the betting trends for those teams who have something to play for.
- Featured game: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Astros (105-55) easily defeated the Angels 4-0 on Friday. Now, the Astros are 19-6 in their last 25 meetings with the Angels and 14-5 in the previous 19 encounters in Anaheim. Houston is 10-2 in its last 12 games overall and 8-2 in its previous ten outings on the road, while the Astros are 16-5 in their previous 21 matchups with the AL West. On the other side, the Angels are 5-12 in their last 17 contests overall and 3-8 in their previous 11 outings at home, while they lost 13 of the last 17 encounters with the AL West.
Justin Verlander will take the mound for the Astros, and he’s 20-6 this season with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. Also, Verlander is 5-1 in his previous six starts and 14-10 in 28 starts against the Angels in his career. Rookie Jose Suarez will get the ball for the Angels, and the lefty is 2-6 in 14 starts and four relief appearances, tallying a 7.34 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. The Angels lost six straight games with Suarez on the mound, while the Astros are 36-11 versus the left-handed starting pitcher.
- Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants
The Dodgers (104-56) are on a five-game winning streak following a 9-2 win at the Giants (77-83) last night. The Dodgers won ten of their last 13 games overall and seven of their previous eight showings on the road. The Giants are 6-5 in their last 11 games overall and 5-8 in the previous 13 at home. San Francisco lost seven of its last ten encounters with the Dodgers and seven of the previous ten H2H duels at Oracle Park.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will toe the slab for the Dodgers, and the lefty is 13-5 this term with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. The Dodgers lost four of his last six starts, while Ryu is 6-6 in 17 starts against the Giants. Rookie Logan Webb will take the mound for the hosts, and he’s 2-2 in seven starts with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.
- Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cubs (83-77) thrashed off the Cardinals (90-70) 8-2 last night. It was their first win over the Cardinals after five straight losses, while the Cubs are 5-11 in their last 16 visits to St. Louis. The Cubs lost nine of their last ten games overall and eight of their previous 11 contests on the road. On the other side, the Cardinals are 6-3 in their last nine games overall and 9-6 in their previous 15 outings at home.
Cole Hamels will take the hill for the Cubs, and he’s 7-7 this season with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. The Cubs are 1-4 in his last five starts, while Hamels is 5-6 in 16 starts against the Cardinals in his career. Adam Wainwright will toe the slab for the hosts, and he’s 14-9 this term with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Wainwright will look for his sixth straight win tonight, while he’s 16-12 in 40 starts and nine relief appearances against the Cubs.
- Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies
The Brewers (89-71) lost 11-7 to the Rockies (69-91) last night and blew the chance to tie with the Cardinals at the top of the NL Central. They are now 18-3 in the last 21 games overall and 11-2 in the previous 13 outings away from home. The Rockies, on the other side, are 3-6 in their last nine tilts overall and 7-3 in the previous ten contests at home. Colorado is 5-12 in its last 17 meetings with the Brewers and 3-8 in the previous 11 encounters at Coors Field.
Gio Gonzalez will get the starting nod for the Brewers, while the Rockies will counter with Chi Chi Gonzalez. Gio is 3-2 in 16 starts this season, tallying a 3.70 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP, and the Brewers will look for the sixth straight victory with him on the mound. Chi Chi is 2-6 in 11 starts this term, recording a 5.68 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP, while the Rockies will search for the fourth straight win with him on the mound.
END OF SEPTEMBER 28th MLB TRENDS