Wednesday MLB preview: Twins at Brewers, A’s at Giants

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.

Major League Baseball’s wild card system needs to change

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.

Thursday MLB preview: Indians at Twins, Phillies at Giants

The Twins recently breezed through a soft part of their schedule, where they took eight of 10 games from the White Sox, Marlins and Royals, but they just dropped two of three to the Braves and must now play host to the surging Indians. Meanwhile, the Thursday-night series opener between the Phillies and Giants at Oracle Park promises to be low-scoring with Aaron Nola and Madison Bumgarner on the mound.

Tuesday MLB preview: Giants at Phillies, Cubs at Cardinals

San Francisco Giants (54-52) at Philadelphia Phillies (55-50), 7:05 p.m. ET Tyler Beede (3-4, 4.85 ERA) (SF) +115 / +1.5 runs (-180) / Over 10.5 runs (-105) Drew Smyly (1-5, 7.69 ERA) (PHI) -125 / -1.5 runs (+150) / Under 10.5 runs (-115) MLB free play: Under Two struggling starters will meet at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night, which makes the Over look good at first glance. With closer examination, however, it seems that Under bettors will prevail here. [...]

Tuesday MLB preview: Cardinals at Pirates, Cubs at Giants

St. Louis Cardinals (52-47) at Pittsburgh Pirates (46-53), 7:05 p.m. ET Dakota Hudson (9-4, 3.57 ERA) (STL) +115 / +1.5 runs (-180) / Over 9 runs (-115) Chris Archer (3-6, 5.36 ERA) (PIT) -125 / -1.5 runs (+150) / Under 9 runs (-105) MLB free play: Pirates moneyline Chris Archer has struggled at times for the Pirates this year, but he should put forth a strong effort to help his team secure a victory over the division-rival Cardinals at PNC [...]

Thursday MLB preview: Nationals at Braves, Mets at Giants

Washington Nationals (50-44) at Atlanta Braves (58-39), 7:20 p.m. ET Stephen Strasburg (11-4, 3.46 ERA) (WSH) -125 / -1.5 runs (+115) / Over 9.5 runs (EVEN) Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.71 ERA) (ATL) +115 / +1.5 runs (-135) / Under 9.5 runs (-120) MLB free play: Over Two teams playing solid baseball in July, the Nationals (8-3 this month) and the Braves (8-4), meet at Georgia's hitter-friendly SunTrust Park on Thursday night. This looks like a prime opportunity for Over bettors. [...]

Thursday MLB preview: Phillies at Nationals, Giants at Dodgers

Philadelphia Phillies (39-34) at Washington Nationals (35-38), 7:05 p.m. ET Nick Pivetta (4-1, 5.00 ERA) (PHI) +110 / +1.5 runs (-175) / Over 10 runs (-115) Erick Fedde (1-1, 3.68 ERA) (WSH) -120 / -1.5 runs (+145) / Under 10 runs (-105) MLB free play: Over Nick Pivetta and Erick Fedde are both pitching on extra rest after consecutive rainouts and a Wednesday doubleheader, but both starters have struggled against their opponents, so the Over looks like an easy call. [...]

Friday MLB preview: Reds at Phillies, Dodgers at Giants

Cincinnati Reds (28-33) at Philadelphia Phillies (35-27), 7:05 p.m. ET Tyler Mahle (2-5, 4.26 ERA) (CIN) EVEN / +1.5 runs (-180) / Over 9 runs (-120) Zach Eflin (5-5, 3.02 ERA) (PHI) -110 / -1.5 runs (+150) / Under 9 runs (EVEN) MLB Free Play: Reds moneyline The Reds look like a good bet as underdogs at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. Tyler Mahle starts for Cincinnati, and he is ninth in the NL in strikeout/walk ratio (4.79). The [...]

Wednesday MLB preview: Giants at Mets, Rays at Tigers

San Francisco Giants (25-34) at New York Mets (28-32), 7:10 p.m. ET Tyler Beede (0-1, 7.82 ERA) (SF) +120 / +1.5 runs (-180) / Over 8.5 runs (EVEN) Jason Vargas (1-3, 4.46 ERA) (NYM) -130 / -1.5 runs (+150) / Under 8.5 runs (-120) MLB Free Play: Mets -0.5 runs first five innings (-105) The Mets' bullpen woes make them tough to trust in the full-time market, but they're a good bet to get out to an early lead against [...]

MLB Wednesday Preview: Phillies at Cubs, Braves at Giants

Philadelphia Phillies (28-20) at Chicago Cubs (28-18), 8:05 p.m. ET MLB Free Play: Phillies moneyline Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.77 ERA) (PHI) +140 / +1.5 runs (-140) / Over 10.5 runs (-110) Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.13 ERA) (CHC) -155 / -1.5 runs (+120) / Under 10.5 runs (-110) Longtime Phillies starter Cole Hamels gets the ball for the Cubs against his old squad at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night. He takes on a promising rookie in Philadelphia's Cole Irvin. Hamels has [...]