We could see MLB history on Monday depending on what Houston’s Jose Altuve, the reigning AL MVP, does against the New York Yankees. He has set a club record with a hit in 10 straight at-bats through Sunday. If the Astros were still in the National League, that would tie a league record, but the AL and overall record are 12 consecutive hits, which was accomplished by the Tigers’ Walt Dropo on July 14 and 15 in 1952. Here’s a look at two intriguing matchups this week. Check back for Mybookie.ag MLB Betting odds.
Top MLB Betting Picks of the Week – May 28th Edition
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Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
- Tuesday, 7:10 PM ET (MLB Extra Innings)
Your MLB Betting pick for this game might want to wait until finding out whether Red Sox star outfielder Mookie Betts, the clear AL MVP favorite, is available. He was a late scratch from the Red Sox’s lineup Sunday against the Braves due to left side tightness. The Red Sox are calling Betts day-to-day for the time being, but if it’s an oblique injury that probably lands Betts on the DL. Betts was 2 for 7 with a home run, two RBIs, two walks, and two strikeouts in the first two games against the Braves.
Blake Swihart started in left field Sunday, with Andrew Benintendi shifting to center field and Jackie Bradley Jr. moving to the right. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in his second game back from the disabled list, batted cleanup. Betts, 25, leads the majors with a .359 batting average and is tied with Mike Trout for the major league lead with 17 home runs this season. Betts is also among the AL leaders in RBIs and steals.
The Sox start former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello here, but he hasn’t looked good of late. Porcello (6-2, 3.74) took the loss against Tampa Bay on Thursday, giving up six runs (four earned) on eight hits, striking out two and walking two as Boston fell 6-3. After getting off to a good start to the year, Porcello has cooled of late, as he’s now yielded 17 earned runs over his last 20.1 innings. Porcello fanned nine and allowed three hits versus Toronto in April in a no-decision.
The Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada (2-5) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out one over 4.1 innings in a loss to the Angels on Thursday. The Angels got to Estrada in the second, third and fifth innings, knocking the 34-year-old out after 88 pitches. He only managed one strikeout, his lowest tally in a start in nearly three years (June of 2015). Estrada has given up at least four runs in six of his last eight starts, resulting in a 5.40 ERA and 1.44 WHIP for the season. That’s the eighth-worst ERA among qualified starters.
Estrada will be going for his first win against the Red Sox this season in his third try. The righty has allowed nine earned runs and 15 hits to Boston over 11 innings in two starts against them this season.
Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers
- Thursday, 7:35 PM ET (MLB Extra Innings)
Prepare MLB Betting enthusiasts, because it’s one of the best pitching matchups of the week as the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young winner, is set to return from the disabled list to face young Phillies ace Aaron Nola in what could be a playoff preview. Kershaw has been on the disabled list nearly a month with left biceps tendinitis. He is 1-4 with a 2.86 ERA this season.
Kershaw pitched a four-inning simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday and will take his place in the rotation without making a minor-league rehab start. Clayton last pitched May 1 at Arizona when he gave up two runs and six hits over six innings in a 4-3 loss. Kershaw is 3-5 against the Phillies with a 3.16 ERA in 12 starts. It’s possible he’s on a pitch limit at first.
“It’s a big lift, you’ve got our ace coming back,” manager Dave Roberts said, “we’ve kind of righted the ship a little bit, trending in the right direction, getting him back every fifth day is obviously to compare it to kind of getting Justin Turner back on the position player front, it is pretty comparable.”
The Dodgers have placed two other starting pitchers on the disabled list this month. Hyun-Jin Ryu is not expected to return from his torn groin muscle until after the All-Star break. Rich Hill throws the baseball on a daily basis, but Roberts still believes Hill will miss four weeks because of blisters.
Nola (6-2, 2.27) gave up one run on one hit and three walks while striking out 10 in 6.2 innings Saturday against the Blue Jays. He did not factor into the decision. Nola wasn’t missing a ton of bats early on, but he now has 39 strikeouts over his last 33 innings (five starts) and has 67 strikeouts in 71.1 innings. Aaron lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Russell Martin, a hit that tied the game at 1. Nola, who tied a career high with 113 pitches, is now 3-1 in May with a 1.91 ERA, 39 strikeouts and seven walks over 33 innings.
Expert MLB Betting Predictions
We’re going to recommend totals this week. Regardless of whether Betts plays, I’d go over what should be a number of 9 in Jays-Sox and under in what likely will be 7.5-8 in Phillies-Dodgers.