A pair of teams with serious postseason aspirations will clash this weekend at Nationals Park when Washington hosts Milwaukee. The Nationals enter the series on a four-game winning streak but are 0-3 this year against Milwaukee and struggled mightily to put runs on the board against the Brewers when they tangled in early May.
The Yankees will try to bounce back from an ugly 19-5 defeat to the Indians when they host Cleveland tonight in the Bronx. Over in Atlanta, 22-year-old wunderkind Mike Soroka puts his 10-2 record on the line when he goes up against Kenta Maeda and the Los Angeles Dodgers. We have odds and picks for both Friday night games.
Adam Plutko leads the Cleveland Indians against the surging New York Yankees, who have now won five straight and eight of their last 10. Over in Philly, Yu Darvish and the Cubs battle Drew Smyly and the Phillies in a game that is certain to produce its fair share of home runs. We have odds and picks for both games.
The Brewers will look to bounce back from a 7-5 loss to the Twins on Tuesday night. Over at Oracle Park, hitters are already licking their chops at the prospect of facing Homer Bailey and Tyler Beede.
A pair of southpaws battle it out in Philly, as Jose Quintana and the Cubs take on Jason Vargas and the Phillies. Over in Atlanta, Zach Wheeler and Max Fried face off, as the Mets try to chip away at the Braves' lead in the NL East. We have odds and picks for both games.
Could we be witnessing the second coming of the Amazin' Mets? Oddsmakers seem to warming up to the idea. New York's 2019 World Series odds have improved from +3625 August 6 to +2250 August 12 after a run of eight straight victories.
An unexpected Under in the National League and a straight-up pick in the American League are the plays today.
Major League Baseball's wild card system, as presently constructed, has done little to infuse added drama into the postseason chase, and the one-game playoff severely diminishes the value of the 162-game regular season.
The hottest team in baseball, the New York Mets (59-56, 13-1 in their last 14 games), will look to keep rolling against a divisional foe in the thick of the Wild Card race in the Washington Nationals (61-53).
Expect a low-scoring affair in Toronto as the Yankees take on the Blue Jays and a lopsided matchup at Dodger Stadium as L.A. puts its five-game win streak on the line against Arizona.