The Cincinnati Reds just overcame the San Diego Padres for a playoff spot, even if they lead by just one game. Other MLB teams are still in the running, but time is running out. There are several good games in the lineup for today and there’s a chance that the MLB standings will change before the end of the week.
Giants Take on the Mets
The San Francisco Giants (80-44) meet the New York Mets (61-63) today, and the Mets face a dilemma. The Giants became the first MLB team to reach 80 wins this season and the Mets are now 6.5 games behind first in the National League (NL) East. If the Mets are to stay alive, they have to start turning up the heat, which means defeating the league-leaders today. The team started the season strong, but hasn’t had much luck in the past couple of weeks. They can’t afford to lose anymore, having dropped eight of their last ten.
Unfortunately, the Mets aren’t in a good position tonight. The Giants have been too strong and are only getting better. San Fran is sitting on a moneyline of -105, which is slim for the success the team has been seeing lately. However, it’s enough to give sports bettors a good target. The Over/Under is at 8 runs and this one has Over (at -120) written all over it.
Rays Continue Strong Showing
The Tampa Bay Rays (77-48) face the Philadelphia Phillies (63-61) today, hanging onto a four-game lead over the New York Yankees for the American League (AL) East race. The Phillies are barely keeping their heads above water, now 4.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves and five in the hunt for a wild card spot. Over the past seven games, the Rays have scored 5+ runs in each contest and don’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. However, they have also had some difficulty on the road, losing two of three contests to the last-place Minnesota Twins.
Today’s game is going to be a close one. The Phillies are struggling, but they’re also producing key wins. However, the Rays are on a mission and aren’t going to slow down. Tampa Bay gets the moneyline at -120, just enough to make it worthwhile to bettors. Because this is expected to be a hitting game, the Over/Under of 9.5 could easily be broken. Backing the Over at -125 will add some bonus cash to the winnings.
Yankees and Braves Square Off
The Yankees (73-52) may have run into a little trouble at times this season, but they have proven to be one of the most resilient teams in the league. They meet the Braves (68-57) today in what should be a tight battle for control. The Yankees have now racked up ten straight wins – the longest current streak in MLB – and are now four games behind first in the AL East. They want to threaten the Rays and will look to gain ground by defeating the Braves.
The Braves are hanging close to the Yankees, going 9-1 in their last ten games. The one loss was against the Yankees in the first of the two-game series last night. That alone shows that this game is not going to be an easy victory for the Yankees. Atlanta goes in as the favorite today, at -135 on the moneyline, and has every chance of winning. The Braves are 12-2 in their last 14 and are looking for revenge against the Yankees tonight. The Over/Under is currently 9, which seems to be an easy choice. Backing the Over at -117 with two powerhouse teams on the field is a given.