As the New York Mets continue their amateur hour antics with fans, MLB is trying to get the team to clean up its act. New owner Steve Cohen is apparently getting, involved, as well. The Mets have the day off – a chance to cool down. However, there’s still plenty of action on tap, especially as the playoff races begin to heat up.
Rays Out in Front
The Tampa Bay Rays (82-48) are in a good spot as they take on the Boston Red Sox (75-57) today. They lead their opponent by eight games in the American League (AL) East and are also 6.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees. The Rays are now the team to beat, but it doesn’t look like Red Sox is in a position to catch up. Tampa Bay already swept Boston once this season and, in this new four-game series, it’s not likely that much is going to change.
The Rays are getting -135 on the moneyline, just enough to offer a nice payout for bettors when they win. The Red Sox are 6-4 across their last ten and are having a difficult time. The Rays are 9-1 in their last ten, building momentum as the regular season starts to wind down. The Over/Under for tonight’s game is at 8.5 and both teams have shown they can put up some decent numbers. The Over (-120), especially after the Rays get off to a strong start, is a good play.
Giants Stumble, Don’t Fall
The San Francisco Giants (84-46) are still sitting in a great position, despite taking a recent (and embarrassing) loss against the Atlanta Braves. They meet the Milwaukee Brewers (79-52) tonight in the first of a four-game series and are looking to keep control. The Brewers have shown some promise lately, though, that has some bettors nervous. They lost three in a row before (finally) defeating the Minnesota Twins yesterday and, at 13-7 across their last 20 games, are now on top of the National League (NL) Central.
The Brewers go into tonight’s game as favorites, getting -140 on the moneyline. Most of this is due to what is seen as a superior pitching rotation against the Giants. The Milwaukee bullpen is ranked higher than that of San Fran in several categories, which will make a difference in this series opener. The Over/Under of 7.5 would seem low, but this could be a pitcher’s game. Backing the Under, which is where the books are seeing most of the money go, at -110 makes sense.
Twins and Tigers in a Freebie
The Twins (57-73) and the Detroit Tigers (62-69) meet today to make up for a game they couldn’t play last month. The Twins are in last place in the AL Central, while the Tigers are 4.5 games ahead, right in the middle of the pack. Despite having the lead in the standings, Detroit just took two losses to the Toronto Blue Jays – near the bottom of the AL East – and is looking tired. The Twins, though, with their wins against the Giants, are showing a new club. That should play well into today’s makeup game.
The Twins are favored at -135, but this isn’t a lock. These two teams have had a tight run this season, with Minnesota now sporting an 8-7 lead. However, with a strong appearance on the mound, the Twins are ready to show off and take control. The Over/Under is currently 9.5, but this will be a slow game at first. A late run could be seen, which would make the Over (+105) pay off in the end.