You can rule out the Miami Marlins staging a fire sale ahead of the July 31 trade deadline apparently. Team president of baseball operations Michael Hill said over the weekend that he has no intention of dealing Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Justin Bour, J.T. Realmuto, Marcell Ozuna or Dan Straily at the deadline because those types of big decisions should be left up to the new owners – whenever the team is sold. It could be soon. Here are three games MLB betting picks for Tuesday I like on the schedule.
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Miami Marlins at Texas RangersWhen: Tuesday, 8:05 PM ETWhere: Globe Life Park in ArlingtonTV: FS-F (Miami) / FSSW (Texas)Stream: MLB.tvRadio: 940 AM WINZ (Miami) / 105.3 The Fan (Texas)MLB Betting Odds: TBAI guess if we take Hill at his word, then Straily will be on the mound here. He was an offseason trade acquisition from Cincinnati and has proven to be a solid one. Straily, 28, is 7-5 and has a 3.49 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in a team-high 20 starts this season. The right-hander is eligible for arbitration in the offseason and will reach free agency in 2021 at the earliest so it likely would take quite a haul to get him.Straily lost last time out, though, after giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over five innings Wednesday against the Phillies. Tying a season-high with nine hits allowed, Straily took his first defeat since June 5.
Who Will Take the Mound for Texas on Tuesday?It’s Rangers lefty Cole Hamels (4-1, 3.78). Hamels allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out just three batters through 5.1 innings during Thursday’s loss to Baltimore. Hamels also allowed seven runs June 26 in his first start back from a lengthy stint on the disabled list, but he had rebounded with a 0.82 ERA through his following three outings leading into Thursday.Things went south in a hurry against Baltimore, though. Now sporting a 4.84 FIP and 5.05 xFIP, the southpaw may face additional regression down the road given his career-low .229 BABIP (career .285) and a reduced 7.8 percent swinging-strike rate (12.2 percent in ’16).
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- Marlins are 2-4 ATS in the last 6 games
- Marlins are 3-6 SU in the last 9 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games
- Rangers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games
Oakland A’s at Toronto Blue JaysWhen: Tuesday, 7:07 PM ETWhere: Rogers CentreTV: NBCSCA (Oakland) / SNET (Toronto)Stream: MLB.tvRadio: 95.7 FM The Game (Oakland) / SN590 (Toronto)MLB Betting Odds: TBAI believe this will be the final start in an Oakland uniform for pitcher Sonny Gray (6-4, 3.66) as he’s widely expected to be traded by the July 31 deadline. If he has a great outing here, there’s really no point in Oakland starting him again this weekend ahead of the deadline and risk injury. The Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees and Astros have been rumored as potential landing spots. The A’s would undoubtedly be asking for upper-tier prospects in any deal.Gray, who missed the first month of the season with a strained shoulder, has a 1.62 ERA in his last five starts. The 27-year- old is under club control through the 2019 season. His stout 55.3 percent ground-ball rate is in line with his career norms, but it’s his career- high 11.4 percent swinging-strike rate that has upped his potential.
Is Sanchez a Safe Pitcher for the Blue Jays?This would be the spot of Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez, but he has landed on the DL for the fourth time this season due to a blister problem on his throwing hand. Sanchez is 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA in eight starts.Sanchez was 15-2 with an AL-best 3.00 ERA last season and made the All-Star team. He doesn’t know when he’ll throw off a mound again. Expected to start Tuesday is Cesar Valdez, his first start of the year and only the fourth of the big-leaguer’s career at age 32. He previously allowed three earned runs over 10 innings out of the bullpen.
Colorado Rockies at St. Louis CardinalsWhen: Tuesday, 8:15 PM ETWhere: Busch StadiumTV: MLBN (out-of-market only) / ATT SportsNet-RM (Colorado) / FS-M (St. Louis)Stream: MLB.tvRadio: 94.1 FM (Colorado) / KMOX 1120 (St. Louis)MLB Betting Odds: TBAThis could be the last start in a Cardinals uniform for Lance Lynn as the team is reportedly shopping him. The Kansas City Royals are known to have scouted him. You don’t see the Royals and Cardinals make trades with one another very often. Lynn is 8-6 with a 3.30 ERA.His value has skyrocketed as Lynn has allowed one run over his last 19 1/3 innings. His results have been boosted by increased reliance on his offspeed pitches, including an improving curveball. His .225 BABIP remains noticeably low (.300 career).
Who Will the Rockies Send Out?The Rockies go with Jon Gray. He won after giving up four runs on seven hits (one homer) and two walks with seven strikeouts over six innings Wednesday against the Padres.After holding San Diego scoreless through five frames, Gray would allow three singles before a homer capped off a four-run sixth inning to end his day. The 25-year-old is 3-1 thanks to 18 runs of support behind him, and his 3.66 FIP and 4.06 xFIP underneath the 6.19 ERA deserve highlighting.
Latest MLB Betting Trends
- Rockies are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games
- Rockies are 6-1 SU in the last 7 games
- The total went OVER in 8 of Colorado’s last 9 games
- Cardinals are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 games
- Cardinals are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went UNDER in 8 of St. Louis’s last 12 games