This Week’s Free MLB Betting Predictions
Monday is two weeks from the trade deadline, so keep in mind that a team you could be backing might hold a guy out of a game if he’s about to get traded. The Washington Nationals, for example, landed two relievers from Oakland on Sunday. That strengthens the Nats and weakens the already bad A’s. Here are three MLB betting predictions for this week.
This Week’s Free MLB Betting Predictions
Todd Frazier Is Traded To Boston
Chicago’s next take the field on Tuesday night against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. I have a feeling that White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier will be a member of the Red Sox perhaps by Tuesday but surely by the end of this week.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted on Sunday afternoon that the Red Sox are “moving closer” to acquiring Frazier’s services. Jon Heyman later reports that the Red Sox and Yankees both sent scouts to Chicago to take a look at both Frazier and reliever David Robertson.
How Well is Frazier Doing This Season?
Although he’s batting only .207 on the season, Frazier has hit 16 home runs in 81 games this season. He smacked 35 homers for the Reds in 2015 and 40 for the White Sox in 2016.
Boston needs a third baseman after releasing Pablo Sandoval. They wouldn’t have to give up much to get Frazier – no prospects in the Top 10. If the two Sox teams can’t agree for whatever reason, Boston is also looking at guys like the Mets, T.J. Rivera and Asdrubal Cabrera, Pittsburgh’s David Freese and Josh Harrison, San Francisco’s Eduardo Nunez and Miami’s Martin Prado.
The MLB trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31.
No-Hitter Alert For Kershaw?
It’s silly to try and project a no-hitter in baseball because they are so rare. That said, it wouldn’t exactly surprise me if Clayton Kershaw no-hits the sinking Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. The Dodgers will certainly win the game easily – bet them on the runline against horrifically struggling Miguel Gonzalez.
Kershaw last pitched on July 9 against the Royals, where he allowed just two runs on six hits in 9.0 innings for his first complete game of the season, as he recorded the win in the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory.
He struck out 13 against without issuing a walk on 99 pitches. Kershaw has gone 14-2 in 19 starts this season, posting a 2.18 ERA (32 ER/132.1 IP), while limiting the opposition to a .195 average (94-for- 481) and posting a 0.88 WHIP. He has struck out 159 batters against just 22 walks (7.23 strikeout-to- walk ratio).
The three-time Cy Young winner has made 13 consecutive starts without recording a loss, going 10-0 with a 1.98 ERA (20 ER/91.0 IP) and holding batters to a .187 average, while striking out 115 against just 19 walks since May 6.
What About the White Sox?
Meanwhile, they are the AL’s worst team and going south quickly. Their starter, Gonzalez, is 1-8 with a 6.79 ERA (39 ER/51.2 IP) over his last nine starts. He has allowed five runs or more in six of those starts. Gonzalez makes his third interleague start this season and 13th of his career. He is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA this year against NL teams.
Robbie Ray Will Dominate Reds
Kershaw over the White Sox is my lock sure bet for Tuesday. A close second is Arizona and Robbie Ray winning in Cincinnati. Ray (9-4, 2.97) Ray took a no-decision after allowing one run on five hits (one homer) and four walks with 13 strikeouts in six innings last time out against the Dodgers.
Ray carvs up the National League’s best team and tallies a season-high in strikeouts, marking the sixth time in 17 starts this season that he reaches double digits. Ray has been one of the top strikeout artists in baseball this year (12.0 K/9 rate).
The only thing holding him back is his 4.4 BB/9 rate. Ray makes his first start of the second half after being selected for his first All-Star Game. Ray did not pitch in the game.
Who Will Kick Off for the Reds?
Cincinnati starts someone named Sal Romano, who sounds like a character on the Sopranos. Romano will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start. He earned his first big league win in a 6-3 victory over the Rockies July 6 by showing more composure and not overthrowing with his fastball velocity.
Big on Arizona here.
Final MLB Betting Predictions
It’s going to be an interesting week, especially after coming off of the All Star-Break. With the trade deadline around the corner and still some doubts within the teams, it seems it be a week to watch. So, be sure to have your pockets ready for any late MLB betting action!