25-8 record leads us to Braves and Indians
August 14, 2018 3:00 AM
by Joe D'Amico
For all of you that enjoy records, I am 25-8 at GamingToday with my Best Bet plays.
We will try to improve on that today (all stats, trends and starting pitchers subject to change).
Miami at Atlanta: When it comes to betting baseball, above any other sport, trends and streaks are more significant. Atlanta and Miami aren’t just at opposite ends of the Division. The Braves have dominated the Marlins, winning eight of 11 including five of the last six and four straight at Sun Trust Park
The Marlins dwell in the cellar of the NL East, 18 GB at 48-71, while the Braves (along with the Phillies) sit in first place at 64-51. Atlanta needs every win they can get right now, so playing Miami is fortuitous. The Marlins own some of the ugliest offensive stats in the Majors, ranking 27th in Team BA (.241) and 29th in scoring (3.71 RPG).
Miami sends Trevor Richards to the hill here. The 25-year-old has an okay ERA at 3.98 but is 3-7 on the season. The RH has yielded 80 hits and 39 runs with 85 K’s in 86 IP. Six out of 10 times Richards posted a quality start.
Anibal Sanchez gets the nod at home. The RH is 6-3 with a 2.83 record on the campaign, giving up a mere 64 hits and fanning 84 batters, in 86.0 IP.
Miami is 1-8 in the last nine both within the division and against teams with a winning record. The Marlins are also 2-10 in their last 12 games. Atlanta is 5-1 in the last six vs. teams with a losing record, 12-5 over the past 17 vs. the NL East, and 10-4 in the last 14 games. ATLANTA
Cleveland at Cincinnati: No other first place team has a larger lead over the rest of their division than the Indians. Cleveland, at 66-51, owns a 12-game cushion over the Twins and ace righty Corey Kluber is on pace to have the most successful campaign of his career.
The 32-year-old has been an 18-game winner three times in his first seven seasons. He’s currently 14-6 with a 2.74 ERA, walking just 20 with 153 K’s in 161.0 IP.
Sal Romano takes the mound at home for the Reds. The RH is 7-9 with a 4.94 ERA, getting plowed for 125 hits and 70 runs, walking 45 with just 87 K’s in 122.0 IP.
The sophomore pitcher has given up a whopping 21 HR’s. This doesn’t bode well as he faces an Indians offense that ranks third in homers with 163. Overall, the Tribe is third in scoring (5.08 RPG), fourth in Team BA (.258), and second in SB’s (95).
The Indians are 5-1 in the last six against the Reds, 7-0 the past seven vs. RH starters, and 21-8 in Kluber’s last 29 road starts. CLEVELAND -1.5 runs
Good luck and have a winning day.