Kansas City Royals @ Houston Astros (2:10 ET)
Favorite: Astros -350
Pitchers: Kris Bubic (7.06 ERA, 1.87 WHIP) vs. Justin Verlander (2.03 ERA, 0.83 WHIP)
Look above and I don’t think you’ll get two more polar opposite pitchers in a matchup this year given the amount of innings they’ve logged. Verlander has bounced back wonderfully since his worst start of the year against the White Sox, logging just 1 ER on 6 hits over his last 15 innings. He’s facing a red hot Royals team as far as offense is concerned. Facing the expert pitching staffs of Houston and Detroit, their last 4 games in runs scored go as follows: 7-7-6-7. They’re churning runs from all over their lineup at the moment and will look to continue what they did to a recently dominant Christian Javier to Justin Verlander.
Bubic is at least consistent right? He’s allowed at least 2 runs and 2 walks in each of his last 6 starts, with most of those appearances being more than 2 runs. Jose Altuve should be back after a day‘s rest to lead the Astros off, and they should improve on their league 2nd best OPS over the last 2 weeks. Expect runs from both sides in another high scoring affair.
Pick: o8 -115 (2u)
Los Angeles Angels @ Baltimore Orioles (7:05 ET)
Favorite: Orioles -115
Pitchers: Chase Silseth (5.23 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) vs. Jordan Lyles (4.70 ERA, 1.41 WHIP)
If at the beginning of the year I told you that Jordan Lyles was starting for the Orioles and they were favorited over the Angels you would never have believed me but that’s the reality we’re at in the middle of the season. The Orioles have found life in their offense led by Mountcastle and the bullpen has kept them in games when their starters don’t. Lyles is by no means a great pitcher, but he’s been respectable lately, only allowing 7 runs in his last 19.1 innings. He’s been exceptional at home as well, allowing only a 2.92 ERA and 0 HR compared to his road numbers of 5.89 and 12 HRs. His counterpart Chase Silseth had a great debut, but since has been all downhill. In his next 14.2 IP he’s allowed 12 runs on 27 baserunners. His offense is no help as their dead last in the league in the last 2 weeks and 29th since the beginning of June. Expect the offense of the Orioles to simply outscore a somehow anemic offense in Los Angeles.
Pick: Orioles ML -115 (2u)