Top MLB Betting Picks of the Week – April 23rd Edition

Posted by Jordan Walters on Tuesday,April 24, 2018 7:23, EDT in

So how many no-hitters might we see this season? We had our first over the weekend as Oakland lefty Sean Manaea blanked one of the best offensive teams in baseball in the Boston Red Sox. They hadn’t been no-hit since April 22, 1993, the 2nd-longest active streak in MLB. Here’s a look at two interesting matchups this week. Check back for the latest MLB betting odds, provided by our online sportsbook.

Top MLB Betting Picks of the Week – April 23rd Edition

Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians

When: Tuesday, 6:10 PM ET
Where: MLB Network

Think this game will bring back some memories for Cubs fans? On Nov. 2, 2016, the Cubs and Indians played an epic Game 7 of the World Series at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. It probably goes down as one of the five best and most important MLB games ever.

The Cubs had rallied from a 3-1 series deficit and seemed to have Game 7 puta way with a 6-3 lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning. However, All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew that lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying, two-run homer. The Cubs clearly were shaken by that and were very fortunate there was a brief rain delay in the 10th inning to gather themselves – helped by a speech from Jason Heyward. In the top of the 10th, World Series MVP Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double and Miguel Montero singled home a run to make it 8-6. Davis delivered an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half, but Mike Montgomery closed it out and the celebration was on. The Cubs had ended their 108-year championship drought. Now the longest title drought belongs to none other than the Indians. Chapman is no longer with the Cubs – back with the Yankees – but Davis is still with the Indians.

Because this is an interleague matchup in an American League park, the Cubs will add the DH. Manager Joe Maddon likely moves Kyle Schwarber from left field to there and Ben Zobrist to left. Zobrist is the only Cubs batter to have ever faced Indians starter Josh Tomlin in a regular-season game. Tomlin (0-2, 8.00) has been dealing with some back troubles but threw on the side Saturday and declared himself good to go here. He pitched twice in that World Series, losing Game 6.

Who Will Start Off for Chicago?

It’s Tyler Chatwood (0-3, 4.60) for the Cubs. Chatwood comes off a lousy start vs. St. Louis. He threw 50 strikes and 47 balls, allowing just one hit but seven free passes. Out of the first 11 batters he faced, 10 either walked or struck out (five walks, five whiffs). That’s been the story of his season so far. In 15 2/3 innings, he has 18 strikeouts and 14 walks.

Oakland A’s at Houston Astros

When: Friday, 8:10 PM ET
Where: MLB Extra Innings

Could Manaea make history by becoming the second pitcher ever to throw back-to-back no-hitters. Obviously very unlikely. The only one to do it was Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer in 1938. On June 11 that year, Vander Meer pitched a Saturday afternoon game for the Reds against the Boston Braves. He didn’t allow a hit in nine innings, and of the 28 batters he faced, he walked three and struck out four.

Four days later, Vander Meer pitched in the first night game in New York in big league history at Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and threw another no-no. Vander Meer never had another one. The four-time All-Star finished just 119-121 in his career.

“All the publicity, the attention, the interviews, the photographs, were too much for me (after throwing his second no-hitter in 1938),” Vander Meer said the next year.

Is Oakland a safe bet this week?

Manaea became the 3rd pitcher in Athletics history with 10+ strikeouts in a no-hitter, joining Dave Stewart (12 in 1990) and Catfish Hunter (11 in 1968). Any thought of a perfect game was ended in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record. Boston hadn’t been shut out all season.
Manaea became the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993.

Who Will Take the Mound for the Astros?

Houston is scheduled to start left Dallas Keuchel, the former Cy Young winner. Keuchel allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings in Saturday’s 10-1 win over the White Sox. Keuchel was gifted an 8-0 lead after two innings. After a rocky start to the season, Keuchel has been impressive the last two times out, allowing three runs over 14 innings. Keuchel was 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA in four starts against the Athletics in 2017.

Expert MLB Betting Predictions

Take the Cubs in the World Series rematch and the Astros will rough up Manaea a bit.