MLB Betting Picks and Favorites Wednesday, August 9th
We are now at the stage of the MLB season where there are very few meaningless games on the schedule. While a couple of the divisions look to be won already, there are still playoff battles raging in both leagues and this clearly affects how odds-makers are setting up updated MLB betting odds and picks constantly at their websites.
On the other hand, the Baltimore Orioles and LA Angels still have Wild Card aspirations, and both can help their cause with a win. Moreover, the Cubs are having a bit of a down year, but are still clinging to the lead in the Central, and will hope to open things up a little when they face the Giants in San Francisco. The Dodgers look to have the West sealed up, but will have a solid test on the road against a very good Arizona Diamondbacks team.
MLB Betting Picks and Winning Favorites Wednesday, August 9th
Baltimore Orioles (56-56) Vs LA Angels (55-58)
When: Wednesday, August 9 at 3:37 PM EST
Where: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
Probable Pitchers: Kevin Gausman Vs Troy Scribner
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Wind 8 mph SSW
Stadium Type Open
Analysis: The Baltimore Orioles may be 7 games off the pace at the top of the AL East, but this is a team that is suddenly right back in the Wild Card picture. They are just a game and a half off the final spot there, and are helping their cause by winning 3 in a row and 8 of their last 10. They are better defensively of late, which is probably why 6 of their last 8 games have gone UNDER. Kevin Gausman (8-7, 5.15 ERA) has not taken a loss in his last 8 games (5 W, 3 no-decision).
With a 6-2 loss in the opening game of this series, the Angels now find themselves 3 games back of the final Wild Card spot in the AL, and a game and a half back of the Orioles in that battle. They need to get a win or two in this series to avoid falling even further back, but now find themselves in a 3-game losing skid. Troy Scribner (1-0, 4.50 ERA) will be the man on the mound trying to get the Angels back to winning ways.
MLB Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles 5 LA Angels 2
Chicago Cubs (59-52) Vs San Francisco Giants (44-70)
When: Wednesday, August 9 at 3:45 PM EST
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco
Probable Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks Vs Madison Bumgarner
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Cloud Cover 31%
Wind 17 mph W
Stadium Type Open
Analysis: After making a great start to the second half of the season, the Cubs cooled off a little, ending last week with a 1-4 run. The Giants may be the team they need to face right now in order to get back on track, and they certainly got off on the right foot with a 5-3 win in the opening game of the series. The Cubs will be looking to better their 30-26 road record, and will send Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.81 ERA) to the mound for this one.
The Giants are now just essentially playing out the rest of their season, but at 4-6 in their last 10 games, they are proving to be a bit of a tough out. One thing that you can almost guarantee with this team of late is that they are going to see the total go OVER, as 5 of their last 8 have gone that route, with one of the other 3 games being a push. The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner (1-5, 2.88 ERA) to the mound for this one.
MLB Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs 4 San Francisco Giants 1
LA Dodgers (79-32) Vs Arizona Diamondbacks (63-48)
When: Wednesday, August 9 at 9:40 PM EST
Where: Chase Field, Phoenix
Probable Pitchers: Alex Wood Vs Zack Greinke
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Cloud Cover 4%
Wind 7 mph WNW
Stadium Type Retractable
Analysis: There are few superlatives that have not already been used to describe this Dodgers team. They are coming into this series having won 4-straight and 9 of their last 10, but the reality is that their superiority actually goes back a couple of months. It has been low-scoring affairs that have been the norm for the Dodgers of late, with 6 of their last 8 game going UNDER. Alex Wood (13-1, 2.33 ERA) will be on the mound looking for his 3rd straight win.
The Diamondbacks will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing series that saw them drop 2 of 3 to the Giants. Arizona have been magnificent at home this season, going 31-18, and that has helped them open up a 5.5-game lead for the final spot in the NL Wild Card, which is their realistic path into the postseason. They will send ace pitcher Zack Greinke (13-4, 3.10 ERA) to the mound to face his old team.
MLB Betting Pick: LA Dodgers 2 Arizona Diamondbacks 3