- The over/under for the Washington Nationals and St Louis Cardinals game may be too low, even with quality pitching.
- Miami Marlins could sneak out yet another victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are slumping hard.
- Look to take the under in the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies game, as both teams will rely on pitching tonight.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Three MLB games are the focus of today’s sports betting preview. Only a few of the games involve teams that are in or making their way into the MLB postseason, but that doesn’t mean that betting options don’t exist for the teams well on the outside looking in.
The LA Dodgers and Atlanta Braves are the only teams that have clinched so far, but teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, and Washington Nationals are doing everything in their power to remain in the Wild Card spots.
Regardless of the current standings in the MLB, check out these three baseball games to bet on.
Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
With dominant veteran pitchers in Max Scherzer (Nationals) and Adam Wainwright (Cardinals), many will be inclined to take the under in the afternoon game. However, don’t be so quick to take the under, as the total run line for the Nationals-Cardinals game is set at 7.5 runs.
Taking the over (EVEN) is advised, even though these pitchers come with amazing experience.
Wainwright has been on point in his last eight starts, as he has allowed less than two runs per game while striking out almost five batters a game. He has only allowed one run in his three September starts, but playing the laws of average would be a smart choice.
As for Scherzer, he has entered a slight rough patch on the year. His last five starts have seen his opponents score over two runs a game on him, but has found solace in striking out seven batters a game.
Either way, the bats for these clubs have proven they can score over ten runs by themselves in any given game. The game begins at 1:15 p.m. EST and favors the Nationals (-165) over the Cardinals (+145).
Miami Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
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Try to stay with us on this one. The Miami Marlins are bad – there is no denying that. Still, the Arizona Diamondbacks are in the slump of all slumps to end the season. Once in the playoff hunt a few days ago, the Diamondbacks have lost eight of their last ten, after winning 11 of 12 the few weeks prior.
With this streakiness betting on the Diamondbacks (-155) seems like a fool’s bet. Instead, betting on the Marlins (+135) with better odds seems like the way to go.
Miami and Arizona have split their 3-game series thus far, so Game 3 is anybody’s to grab. Miami will look to win back to back games for the first time since July 28-29 to none other than the Diamondbacks of Arizona.
In fact, Miami is 4-2 against the Diamondbacks this year and can make it five with a win today. The game starts at 3:40 p.m. EST.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
This 7:20 p.m. EST game is one of the two MLB games of the day that involve teams who are currently in the playoffs.
This showdown will feature strong pitchers in Zach Elfin and Julio Teheran. The Braves (-150) are the slight favorites at home over the Phillies (+130), but those looking to wager on this game at US sportsbooks should look at the run line.
With the Braves (-1.5, +135) expected to win, playing the odds would be a decent decision, for those who believe Atlanta can pull it out. Otherwise, bettors should look at the Phillies (+1.5, -155) even though their run line is a little costly.
Either way, with these two pitchers at the helm, hitting the over (10 runs) seems a little difficult. While it is entirely possible, the recommendation comes in at taking the under (EVEN), as both teams will be looking to ensure they make limited mistakes.
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