The schedule is creeping toward September, and MLB teams are preparing for their final push toward the playoffs. Here’s a look at what games have some betting value for Friday.
Tampa Bay Rays (+110) at Boston Red Sox
Had the New York Yankees not played the first half of this season at an insane clip, the Tampa Bay Rays would likely be hot in contention for the American League East Crown. The Rays have won six straight and eight of their past 10 to pull within seven games of New York. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have lost six straight and fallen five games below .500.
Boston will be sending Michael Wacha to the mound. Wacha has an 8-1 record with a 2.28 ERA.
In August, Wacha has made two starts and not given up an earned run during 12.2 innings of work across two starts. Tampa Bay will start JT Chargois on the mound.
Chargois has only thrown 2.2 innings this season and has struck out three batters. Getting to Wacha will be a challenge for Tampa Bay. However, with the Rays on a hot streak and the Red Sox going nowhere, it’s worth taking a shot on Tampa Bay at plus money.
Colorado Rockies at New York Mets (-1.5)
Mets right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt has been on a strong run in August. While his strikeout totals haven’t been eye-popping, teams haven’t been getting on base against him.
Bassitt has allowed two or fewer runs in all four of his starts this month. Facing the Colorado Rockies should be a good matchup for Bassitt.
The Rockies haven’t hit for much power this season, ranking 21st in the league with 114 home runs. Colorado also ranks 11th in runs score, plating 4.51 per game.
With New York determined to hold off hard-charging Atlanta in the division race, this is a spot where the Mets will want to collect a comfortable win.
San Francisco Giants at Minnesota Twins (-134)
Giants pitcher Alex Wood is looking to bounce back from a difficult start against the Colorado Rockies last week. Wood allowed three home runs, seven hits, and seven earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. San Francisco will be opening a series against a Minnesota team desperate to start a winning streak to get back in the playoff picture.
The Twins, who are four games back in the AL Central race, have lost six straight games. Minnesota’s offense has mostly been stuck in the middle of the league.
The Twins are 14th in MLB by scoring 4.36 runs per game and 10th in home runs with 145. Minnesota will send right-handed pitcher Joe Ryan to the mound.
Ryan, who is 9-6 with a 3.86 ERA this season, ranks 68th in the league with 104 strikeouts. In August, Ryan is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA. He has struck out 25 batters in 21.2 innings pitched.
This is a spot where the Twins will find a way to halt the winning streak and get off on a good foot against a solid, if unspectacular, Giants team.
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