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Rick's MLB Plays 8/18

Colorado Rockies @ St. Louis Cardinals (1:15 ET)

Favorite: Cardinals -210

Total: 8

Pitchers: Antonio Senzatela (4.67 ERA, 1.65 WHIP) vs. Adam Wainwright (3.27 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)

The St. Louis Cardinals are on a mission to complete the comeback and win the division over their slumping divisional foe. They're now 1.5 games above them and in August are leading the MLB in OPS. With key bats in the lineup back like Tyler O'Neill, their lineup has versatility from front-to-back with a good mix of power, contact, and speed. Senzatela takes the mound for the Rockies on Thursday holding one of the more uncommon splits: he performs better inside of Coors Field. Away from home he struggles with a 5.50 ERA. What I will say about Senzatela is that he's consistent. In his last 7 games, he's allowed 3 runs in 6 of them and 2 in the final outing. He pitches to contact and more often than most they lead to hits. I'm not going to go much into the Rockies bats vs. Adam Wainwright as Wainwright just piched a complete game 4 days ago and will either be fantastic or get blown up. I'll isolate the Cardinals and take their team total over.

Pick: Cardinals TT o4.5 -110 (1u)

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Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Francisco Giants (3:45 ET)

Favorite: Giants -145

Total: 7

Pitchers: Zac Gallen (2.94 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) vs. Logan Webb (3.00 ERA, 1.13 WHIP)

Two of the best pitchers that most casual fans have never heard of face off in San Francisco as the Giants looking to extend their current five (potentially 6, writing this before the evening game) game winning streak and continue to push for those Wild Card spots. They're getting it done behind improved pitching and opportunistic bats, and will need more of the same if they're to get past Zac Gallen. Gallen has been brilliant in his two outings against hte Giants, allowing just a 2.31 ERA, and has been exceptional so far in August with a 1.37 ERA. Logan Webb hasn't been much worse, allowing just 2 runs over his last 15 innings and a 2.92 ERA against the DBacks. Given how stale both of these offenses can be I expect a pitching duel for the first five innings and I'll buy that first-five under to 4 to get that push if we need it.

Pick: F5 u4 -144 (1u)

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Washington Nationals @ San Diego Padres (9:45 ET)

Favorite: Padres -380

Total: 7.5

Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez (7.20 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) vs. Yu Darvish (3.40 ERA, 1.01 WHIP)

After winning two of three in Washington the Padres took a quick trip to Miami before returning home to face the same team once again in a four-game weekend series. The Padres are 5-5 in their last 10 games and are still looking to kick on after what was a massive trade deadline. There's no better matchup for them to do so than against Anibal Sanchez who has allowed 3+ ER, 2+ walks, and 1+ home run in all 6 outings he's had so far this year. The 38-year-old struggled 2 years ago before taking a year off and has come back to look worse than ever. Expect the solid Darvish to pump in another solid outing and give these Padres a much needed win after a tormenting series against the Marlins. I'll take the Padres to win by multiple runs for 219 less juice than the moneyline.

Pick: Padres -1.5 -161 (2u)

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