Rick’s MLB Plays 6/5

Los Angeles Angels @ Philadelphia Phillies

Favorite: Phillies -130

Total: 8.5

Pitchers: Patrick Sandoval (2.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) vs. Kyle Gibson (3.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)

Something I never thought I’d say this season is that the Angels are now on a 10 game losing streak. With the pitching staff they have and Ohtani, Trout, Walsh, and others in the order, slumps figured to be few and far between. That hasn’t been the case for them since the end of May however. They’ve plummeted to an even 27-27 record.

The Phillies since firing Joe Gerardi on Friday look revitalized, outscoring the Angels 17-2 so far this series. They’re playing loose and free and looking to build on recent success to turn their season around. Even with these last two games, they’re still 22nd in OPS since May 18th. I think The Angels get break the streak behind their starter Sandoval throwing quality innings, and are able to get to Gibson who has allowed at least 2 runs in each of his last 5 starts.

Pick: Angels ML +110 (1u)

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Chicago White Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays

Favorite: White Sox -110 / Rays -110

Total: 7

Pitchers: Lucas Giolito (3.61 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) vs. Ryan Yarbrough (4.00 ERA, 1.26 WHIP)

The White Sox are yet another team looking to get back on track after having a rough time recently. Though not as bad as the Angels, they had lost 4 straight going into their win yesterday against the Rays. Looking for their first series win since May 22nd, the White Sox are desperate to get back in the AL Central race and catch the Twins.

The Rays are doing what they do, quietly and steadily improving their record and grinding out wins. At 31-22, they sit 3rd in the AL East behind the juggernaut Yankees and Blue Jays, but are healthily in the Wildcard spot. With all that said, the White Sox have rediscovered their form against lefties, hitting an OPS good for 6th in the league lately. I think they continue that trend and get to Yarbrough, while Giolito looks to bounce back from his worst performance of the year against the Blue Jays.

Pick: White Sox ML -110 (1u)

Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers

Favorite: Rangers -125

Total: 7.5

Pitchers: George Kirby (3.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) vs. Martin Perez (1.42 ERA, 0.93 WHIP)

Martin Perez is turning into the story of the season. A reject from the Boston Red Sox, he’s turned into an absolute dog early in this season. I’ve been skeptical all year waiting for his demise to come, but it’s time I back him. Over his last 8 starts and 55.1 innings, he’s allowed just four earned runs. Four. He’s been incredible and a team like Seattle is the perfect team to continue that trend against. Seattle is throwing their hot prospect, rookie George Kirby, who has been good. I don’t think it’ll be enough, as 2 runs allowed could be all the Rangers need to cash this ticket.

Pick: Rangers F5 ML -130 (1u)

St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs

Favorite: Cardinals -135

Total: 8

Pitchers: Adam Wainwright (2.75 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) vs. Justin Steele (5.40 ERA, 1.58 WHIP)

Adam Wainwright is like a fine wine, just getting better as his pitches get slower. He’s reinvented himself, utilizing the break on his pitches and painting every corner of the zone to his success. He’s been phenomenal this year, and is historically great against the Cubs. In his last 2 starts against them, he’s 1 run on 7 hits in 15 innings. Justin Steele is his counterpart today, and he’s had quite the opposite run so far this season. Allowing 10 runs in his last 7 innings, Steele is looking to regain his feet, but I doubt that even a good game is enough to get the Cubs a victory tonight.

Pick: Cardinals ML -135 (1u)

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