Winning MLB Total Picks of the Weekend (June 9-10)
It’s the final week of baseball’s first half of the season. If you lead your division at the break, you usually make the playoffs in the wild-card era. That’s good news this year for the Orioles, Indians, Rangers, Nationals, Cubs and Giants. I believe all those teams will win their division other than Baltimore. Here are my top three picks on MLB totals betting lines for weekend games.
Let’s Take a Closer Look at the Winning MLB Total Picks of the Weekend (June 9-10)
Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies (Saturday, June 9th)
This will have the highest total on the board Saturday, likely at least 11.5. I’d still go over. The Phillies start Jerad Eickhoff (6-9, 3.30). Eickhoff allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts over 7.2 innings in a win Monday over Atlanta. He’s really finding his rhythm now, as he hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in a single start since May 28 against Chicago. But Eickhoff also has never pitched in the thin air of Denver. The Rockies start lefty Tyler Anderson (0-3, 3.03). He lost in San Francisco last time out, allowing three runs over six innings. The Rockies have scored just two runs with him in the game in his five starts. That will all change on Saturday.
New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians (Sunday, June 10th)
This will likely have a total of around 7.5 and I’d go under between two very good pitchers. It’s Masahiro Tanaka (6-2, 3.12) for New York. Tanaka allowed six hits and a walk with six strikeouts over 7.2 shutout innings in Tuesday’s win over the White Sox. Tanaka induced 12 swinging strikes and nine groundouts as part of the winning effort. He now owns quality starts in seven of his past nine appearances. He is 3-1 with a 4.28 ERA in six starts vs. the AL Central this year, striking out 33 in 40 innings. The Indians start Carlos Carrasco (5-2, 2.47), who is among the AL ERA leaders and probably would have been an All-Star if he hadn’t missed time earlier in the season. Carrasco cruised to the victory in Tuesday’s 12-1 game against the Tigers. He pitched six innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while striking out five. That makes three straight victories and five consecutive quality starts for Carrasco. He has a 1.51 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings in his past five starts.
Tampa Bay at Boston (Sunday, June 10th)
The Rays start arguably their best pitcher in Jake Odorizzi, a guy many teams have been inquiring about in trade. The Rays are asking a ton for him. The Texas Rangers are very interested. Odorizzi (3-4, 4.33) hasn’t been sharp of late, though. Maybe the rumors are getting to him. Odorizzi was tagged for a season-high seven runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out four over 5.1 innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Angels. Odorizzi was sporting a fine-looking 3.36 ERA through the season’s first two months, but then posted a 4.96 ERA in June, and now got blasted in his first start of July. The Red Sox start former Rays left-hander David Price (8-6, 4.64). Price pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out 10 in Tuesday’s loss to the Rangers. Price couldn’t overcome a two-run first inning and dropped his fifth decision in his last six. But he notched double-digit K’s in consecutive games for the first time all year. Price has struggled against the Rays since they traded him, going 1-3 with a 6.52 ERA in five starts. This total will be around 8.5 and I’d go over on betting lines.