The regular season is crawling to a close for the 2022 MLB season. While many teams already know their fate, many are still scratching and clawing to establish themselves as contenders for the postseason. With that in mind, here are some betting picks for Friday, September 9, 2022.
Baltimore Orioles (-129) vs. Boston Red Sox
Since fighting their way into a surprising run at the American League Wild Card, the Orioles have stagnated over the past few weeks. Baltimore is 5-5 over its past ten games and are 4.5 games behind Toronto for the final Wild Card spot. The Orioles are ready for a series against a Boston team that has lost three straight games.
Red Sox rookie pitcher Brayan Bello has had an up-and-down rookie season. While Bello has pitched better as of late, he is 1-4 with a 5.91 ERA this season. Baltimore will send Austin Voth to the mound. Voth is 4-2 with a 4.41 ERA. Both teams enter the following losing tough series against teams above them in AL standings.
The Orioles lost three of four to the Blue Jays, while Boston was swept by Tampa Bay. Bet on Baltimore to topple Bello.
Tampa Bay Rays (-109) vs. New York Yankees
The Rays are unlikely to catch the Yankees in the race for the AL East flag but have made things interesting down the stretch. Tampa Bay, thanks to winning eight of its past nine games, has pulled to within 4.5 games of New York entering a three-game series. A sweep could put serious pressure on the Yankees in the final few weeks of the season.
New York leads the season series 9-7. The Yankees have been able to be successful this season due to their power. New York has hit 214 home runs this season, which is first in the league. Rays starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen has only allowed ten home runs in 116.2 innings pitched this season.
Rasmussen will make his first start since returning from paternity leave. Tampa Bay has won the past five games he’s started, including three where Rasmussen earned the decision. The Rays should stay hot enough to pick up a win on the road.
Chicago White Sox (-167) vs. Oakland A’s
The Oakland A’s took James Kaprielian out of the rotation following a few inefficient starts.
However, he will find himself back on the hill Friday against the Chicago White Sox after fellow Oakland pitcher Adam Oller went on the 15-day IL with a rib injury he suffered while stretching with a foam roller. In Kaprelian’s last two starts, he got worked over by the Nationals and New York Yankees.
During Kaprelian’s last two starters, he has allowed 13 runs, 10 of which were earned. Kaprelian did have a strong start against Chicago, but that was earlier in the season before his current ineffective run started. The White Sox will throw Lucas Giolito, who has a 0-1 record with a 3.60 ERA in September.
Chicago, which is still within three games of first place in the AL Central, is running out of time to make a bid at the playoffs. The White Sox will down the A’s to keep the pressure on the Twins and Guardians.
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