The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs have been back and forth in the race for first place in the NL Central, for weeks on end now. The two National league Pennant hopefuls will square off in a two-game set beginning on Tuesday that highlights my trio of MLB picks for the week. The surprising Philadelphia Phillies will host the Boston red Sox in an intriguing Interleague set and the Oakland A’s host the Seattle Mariners in a matchup on AL West playoff hopefuls. With the 2018 MLB regular season heating up to epic proportions as we head into the start of a new week, now is a perfect time for some top MLB betting picks of the week.
Top MLB Betting Picks of the Week – August 13th Edition
Boston Red Sox (85-35) at Philadelphia Phillies (65-52)
- Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 PM ET
Analysis: The Boston Red Sox have been the best team in all of baseball this season and they show absolutely no signs of slowing down right now. The BoSox have won nine of their last 10 games, but veteran right-hander Rick Porcello (14-5, 4.17 ERA) got smacked around pretty thoroughly in his last start by allowing seven earned runs on six hits, including a pair of home runs in just 4.0 innings against Toronto the last time out.
26-year-old Philadelphia right-hander Vince Velasquez (8-9), 3.98 ERA) gave up four earned runs in his last start in just 4.0 innings of a 6-0 loss to Arizona, but he’s been on fire by limiting the opposition to no earned runs in four of his last six appearances, including three starts. Over his last 10 starts overall, Velasquez has limited the opposition to two runs or less eight times.
For this contest, I’m feeling a rare loss for Boston simply because of the way these two starting pitchers have looked recently, combined with the fact that Philadelphia has gone an insane 38-18 at home this season. Philadelphia comes out throwing haymakers like Rocky balboa to get the win.
MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia 5 Boston 3
Seattle Mariners (69-50) at Oakland A’s (70-48)
- Wednesday, August 15 at 3:35 PM ET
Analysis: The Seattle Mariners have gone 6–4 over their last 10 and have fallen behind a red-hot Oakland A’s team that has won eight of its last 10 to move into second place behind Houston in the AL Central. Seattle has won two straight with Mike Leake (8-7, 4.11 ERA) on the mound and the veteran right-hander has limited the opposition to two runs or less in three of his last five starts while now allowing more than three earned runs in any outing. Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson (2-3, 4.53 ERA) limited the Angels to two earned runs on four hits in his last start but blanked Detroit for seven innings in his previous outing.
I’m going with the incendiary Oakland A’s to get the win to improve on their solid 33-23 home mark. Seattle has gone 33-26 on the road and the M’s certainly won’t go down quietly, but they are going down in a tight finish against an Oakland team that is bursting with confidence right now.
MLB Betting Pick: Oakland 4 Seattle 3
Milwaukee Brewers (67-54) at Chicago Cubs (68-49)
- Wednesday, August 15 at 2:20 PM ET
Analysis: The Milwaukee Brewers have struggled to a 4-6 mark in their last 10 games while Chicago has gone a polar-opposite 6-4 during the same span. Milwaukee right-hander Junior Guerra (6-7, 3.40 ERA) limited San Diego to two earned runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of a 8-4 loss on Thursday and has been burned for at least five earned runs in two of his last five starts overall. Chicago right-hander Kyle Hendricks (8-9, 4.02 ERA) limited Washington to two earned runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of a 3-2 win on Friday and the veteran has allowed three runs of less in seven of his last eight starts.
With Chicago going 37-22 at home this season and Milwaukee going a modest 31-30 on the road, I think the Cubs are the easy pick to win and extend their narrow lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central. Kyle Hendricks may not be a superstar, but he’s really consistent while you just never know what kind of performance you’re going to get from the talented, but inconsistent Junior Guerra.
MLB Betting Pick: Cubs 6 Brewers 3