Two MLB teams are on the hunt for new general managers, although only one of them is doing so without facing a minor scandal. The Chicago Cubs have been shuffling their feet in their search for someone to replace Theo Epstein, who announced his resignation last November. The club’s president of baseball operations, Jed Hoyer, is expected to start holding interviews for a replacement, possibly sometime next week. The New York Mets, though, are now running damage control after their GM, Zack Scott, was placed on administrative leave after being charged with a DWI. While he hasn’t been officially sacked yet, being placed on leave is typically the first step. Both teams have losing records this season, and the Mets’ performance may have been the reason why Scott decided to let loose a little. There are plenty of games for sports bettors today and, with the regular season wrapping up in a few weeks, it’s crunch time.
Cubs Score Too Little Too Late
The Cubs (60-75) take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-86) today, having won their last three games. It took them 11 innings to beat the Pirates last night, and that only happened off an infield error by Sergio Alcantara. Still, a win’s a win and the Cubs are sweeping the series so far.
Chicago is a slight favorite, at -145, but that’s enough. Alec Mills will start tonight and has had a lot of recent success. The Pirates are starting with Steven Brault, who hasn’t won a game in his last five starts. The Over/Under of 8.5 is right on target, but a high-scoring game can’t be expected. Backing the Under at -110 is a good choice.
Indians On a Roll, but Face Heat
The Cleveland Indians (67-64) have won seven of their last ten and four in a row. That would be good under normal circumstances, but today isn’t normal. They travel to Boston to face the Red Sox (77-59), a team that has beaten them four out of five games. The Red Sox are also coming off two consecutive road wins, and have the fourth-best record in the American League (AL). Cleveland is in for a difficult game tonight.
The Red Sox are getting -180 on the moneyline and all signs point to them winning. Surprisingly, the Over/Under is at 9, which seems high, given the matchup. Backing the Under at -120, even as a close game is expected, seems to make more sense.
Rays Look For a Pickup
The Tampa Bay Rays (84-50) have faltered a little lately, but there’s some good news. The Minnesota Twins (58-75) have faltered even more. The Twins are at the bottom of the AL Central and are done this season. The Rays, despite a couple recent slips, are still on top of the AL East and have taken 13 wins in their last 16 games.
This game should be good for an easy pickup for bettors. Backing the Rays at -180 offers a decent return, but taking a look at the Over/Under offers something better. At 9, it may seem a little over the top; however, despite their inability to secure wins, the Twins are hitting the Over often on the road. Take the Over at -115.