With the 2016 MLB regular season rolling right along, online baseball odds fans and betting enthusiasts are in for an exciting week of matchups in both leagues. This look at the top series for the coming week will both, inform and entertain, so let’s get started.
Top MLB Betting Series of the Week
New York Mets (19-11) at L.A. Dodgers (16-15)
The Mets are in first place in the NL East, just a half-game ahead of the lurking Mets while L.A. also sits in first place in the NL Central. Wednesday’s matchup featuring Noah Syndergaard (2-2, 2.58 ERA) versus L.A.’s Kenta Maeda (3-1, 1.66 ERA) should be a flat-out thriller!
Chicago White Sox (22-10) vs. Texas Rangers (18-14)
The ChiSox have been on fire since the start of the season and they’ll put their impressive 12-5 road record to the test when they face a Rangers ballclub that has posted a solid 10-5 mark through 15 home dates so far. Superb Texas southpaw starter Cole Hamels (4-0, 2.68 ERA) is on the bump for the Rangers on Wednesday opposite Chicago’s unbeaten Mat Latos (5-0, 2.62 ERA).
Kansas City Royals (15-15> at New York Yankees (11-18)
The defending champion Royals (15-15) square off against the struggling Yankees (11-18) in a matchup that on paper…doesn’t look very close at all. However, I’m going with Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.29 ERA) to get the win on Tuesday night!
Chicago Cubs (24-6) at Pittsburgh Pirates (17-14)
Sure, no team outside of their in-city rivals, the Chicago White Sox, has been quite as incendiary as the Cubs this season, but Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates will give their NL Central rivals all they can handle and then some beginning on Friday night. Could Bucs’ right-hander Gerrit Cole (3-3, 3.78 ERA) outduel Chicago’s insanely gifted Jake Arrieta (6-0, 1.13 ERA)? It’s possible…just not likely!
Miami Marlins (16-14) at Washington Nationals (19-12)
Starting on Friday night, the overachieving Miami Marlins and gifted slugger Giancarlo Stanton (10 HRs) will look to continue their inspiring play when they take on Bryce Harper (10 HRs) and the loaded Washington Nationals. Harper’s sweet swing is a thing of beauty, but Stanton’s power is unmatched in the game today. If you didn’t see Miami’s sweet-swinging third baseman’s 490-foot home run against Philly on Friday, you should know that area police are considering charging the Miami superstar with murder – of a baseball!
To put his massive homer into the right context, you should know that the jack was the second-longest home run in the major leagues since Stanton made his big league debut back in 2010. The only home run longer than his most recent blast was a 494-foot bomb that he also hit in 2012 at Coors Field.