Friday MLB preview: Astros at Rangers, White Sox at A’s

Houston Astros (57-34) at Texas Rangers (49-42), 8:05 p.m. ET Gerrit Cole (9-5, 3.09 ERA) (HOU) -215 / -1.5 runs (-140) / Over 10 runs (-105) Jesse Chavez (3-4, 3.30 ERA) (TEX) +190 / +1.5 runs (+120) / Under 10 runs (-115) MLB free play: Astros runline Gerrit Cole should continue the fine run he's been on as his Astros face Jesse Chavez and the Rangers on Friday night. Cole's ERA over his last seven starts (45 innings) is 1.60. [...]

Friday MLB preview: Phillies at Braves, Yankees at White Sox

Philadelphia Phillies (38-30) at Atlanta Braves (40-29), 7:20 p.m. ET Nick Pivetta (4-1, 4.93 ERA) (PHI) +125 / +1.5 runs (-170) / Over 9.5 runs (-105) Max Fried (7-3, 3.75 ERA) (ATL) -135 / -1.5 runs (+140) / Under 9.5 runs (-115) MLB free play: Phillies moneyline first five innings (+115) Based on the way Friday night's starters are trending, the Phillies have the upper hand over the Braves at SunTrust Park. Nick Pivetta will be on the hill for [...]

MLB Thursday preview: Indians at White Sox, Mets at Dodgers

Cleveland Indians (28-27) at Chicago White Sox (26-29), 8:10 p.m. ET MLB Free Play: Indians runline Carlos Carrasco (4-5, 4.60 ERA) (CLE) -190 / -1.5 runs (-115) / Over 8.5 runs (-120) Manny Banuelos (2-4, 7.71 ERA) (CHW) +170 / +1.5 runs (-105) / Under 8.5 runs (EVEN) The road team appears to have the upper hand, as the AL Central rivals square off for the first of a four-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field. Carlos Carrasco has had an [...]

MLB Thursday Preview: Phillies at Cubs, White Sox at Astros

Philadelphia Phillies (28-21) at Chicago Cubs (29-18), 2:20 p.m. ET MLB Free Play: Cubs moneyline Aaron Nola (4-0, 4.47 ERA) (PHI) +110 / +1.5 runs (-180) / Over 9.5 runs (EVEN) Jon Lester (3-2, 2.09 ERA) (CHC) -120 / -1.5 runs (+150) / Under 9.5 runs (-120) The advantage would seem to rest with the home team for Thursday afternoon's series finale. Aaron Nola enters this contest having given up exactly one earned run in four of his last five [...]

MLB Thursday Preview: Blue Jays at White Sox, Pirates at Padres

Toronto Blue Jays (17-25) at Chicago White Sox (19-22), 8:10 p.m. ET Marcus Stroman (1-6, 3.12 ERA) (TOR) -130 / -1.5 runs (+120) / Over 9.5 runs (EVEN) Dylan Covey (0-2, 5.91 ERA) (CHW) +120 / +1.5 runs (-140) / Under 9.5 runs (-120) The White Sox turn to a woeful starter in Dylan Covey on Thursday night, but they're worth a play as home underdogs against the struggling Marcus Stroman and the blundering Blue Jays. Covey is 5-23 in [...]

MLB Wednesday Preview: White Sox at Indians, Mariners at Yankees

Chicago White Sox (16-18) at Cleveland Indians (18-16), 6:10 p.m. ET Reynaldo Lopez (2-4, 6.69 ERA) (CHW) +170 / +1.5 runs (-130) / Over 8.5 runs (-110) Shane Bieber (2-1, 3.16 ERA) (CLE) -190 / -1.5 runs (+110) / Under 8.5 runs (-110) The Indians will be prohibitive favorites when they take the field against the division rival White Sox on Wednesday night, and deservedly so. Reynaldo Lopez has struggled mightily in his last three starts against Cleveland, going 0-3 [...]

MLB Wednesday Preview: Padres at Braves, Orioles at White Sox

San Diego Padres (17-13) at Atlanta Braves (14-15), 7:20 p.m. ET Cal Quantrill (MLB debut) (SD) +135 / +1.5 runs (-150) / Over nine runs (-120) Max Fried (3-1, 2.30 ERA) (ATL) -150 / -1.5 runs (+125) / Under nine runs (EVEN) Two young starters take the hill at SunTrust Park on Wednesday night, as Cal Quantrill makes his major league debut for the Padres, while the Braves counter with outstanding pitching prospect Max Fried. Quantrill has a 4.02 ERA [...]

Less Might Be More for Baseball to Recapture Lost Appeal

  While life may not be a spectator sport, baseball has been nothing but for me. As a son of a baseball junkie, a long-suffering Cleveland Indians fan no less, a general fondness for the game undoubtedly rubbed off on me. But my interest in the day-to-day goings-on in the major leagues has admittedly been dormant for a quarter-century with little sign of awakening. Early Memories of the Game As was the case with horse racing, my awareness of baseball [...]

MLB Betting – White Sox at Yankees (Tues, Aug 28th)

by Fairway Jay A month ago near the trade deadline, I wrote about pitchers to pound in MLB betting. These are pitchers that are likely to get whacked and allow plenty of baserunners, hits and runs. Chicago White Sox starter James Shields is next in line as he toes the runner against the Yankees in New York on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Yesterday we hit a run line winner as the Astros belted the A’s 11-4. Many bettors will line up [...]