Rick's MLB Plays 8/6

Miami Marlins @ Chicago Cubs (2:20 ET)

Favorite: Cubs -113

Total: 7.5

Pitchers: Pablo Lopez (3.41 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) vs. Drew Smyly (4.42 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)

I've faded the Marlins a lot lately and won a lot of money doing so. Their offense when fully healthy wasn't all that great but with the plethora of injuries they had it was down right terrible. They're beginning to get some of those names back like Garrett Cooper and Joey Wendle and are looking to revitalize that offense to support a solid pitching staff. Pablo Lopez is one of those guys and while his recent performances have been a bit up and down he's still an exceptional talent and going up against a poor Cubs lineup.

Drew Smyly has progressively gotten worse over the course of the season (4.63 ERA in June, 6.06 in July), and while he'll still have good performances from time to time more often than not he's allowing a number of runs. This feels like a get-right opportunity for the Marlins who let game one of the series slip away. I'll take the team getting healthy with the better starter to win a low-scoring matchup on Saturday.

Pick: Marlins ML -107 (1u)

Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals (7:10 ET)

Favorite: Red Sox -147

Total: 9

Pitchers: Nathan Eovaldi (4.11 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) vs. Daniel Lynch (4.70 ERA, 1.53 WHIP)

Pitching matchup aside, this is a tale of 2 trade deadlines. The Royals shipped off two of their bets bats in Andrew Benintendi and Whit Merrifield for prospects, while the Red Sox brought in veterans Tommy Pham and Eric Hosmer to bolster their attack and fill some holes, albeit at the expense of Christian Vazquez. The Red Sox have looked better recently, largely in part to getting healthy and bolstering that offense and I'd expect it to continue with their Ace on the mound - even if he's struggled a bit this season. He's coming off a shutout 6.1 innings against Houston and with how hittable Lynch is and that he'll only give you a maximum of 5 innings I think there's a distinct edge to the Red Sox. Advantages all over the pitch and looking to make headway on the Wild Card race, take the Sox to notch another win tonight.

Pick: Red Sox ML -147 (2u)

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