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The start of a new week in the MLB is bringing some of the best matchups already, with some of them being potential matchups in the World Series. Monday's slate of games will be a great opportunity for bettors to earn some great earnings. Some games will be dead even. There are other games, however, that can be worth the risk, with most of them being matchups between league juggernauts.
The second game of Monday’s slate of exciting games in the MLB is the cross-conference matchup between the Baltimore Orioles (61-38) at the Philadelphia Phillies (53-46).
The Orioles have become the top team in the AL after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, the former top AL team, on the road in three of the four games. The Orioles are two games above the Rays in a loaded AL East Division.
The Phillies, on the other hand, started the 2023 MLB Season slowly, as they were under .500% consistently until the beginning of June. Since losing at the Washington Nationals 8-7 on June 2, the Phillies have gone 28-14 and become a serious wildcard contender.
The Orioles and the Phillies are in a tough series in this matchup. Both teams can take over at any point in the game with their reliable batters. Philadelphia is ranked ninth in runs accounted for (446), fifth in hits (873), sixth in batting average (.256) and fifth in slugging percentage (.417) thanks to their talented and dynamic lineup.
Baltimore ranks fifth in runs accounted for (488), seventh in home runs accounted for (116), seventh in batting average (.251), sixth in on-base percentage (.320) and slugging percentage (.421) as they have incredibly young, but talented all-star lineup.
Dean Kremer (4.80 ERA in 108.2 innings pitched) will be the starting pitcher for the Orioles while the Phillies will rely on Cristopher Sanchez (3.06 ERA in 35.1 innings pitched). The Phillies will have the edge at the mound, but Sanchez will face his toughest test since July 6 in the 3-1 win over the Rays, where he was good but only accounted for two strikeouts. The Orioles are going into this game with serious momentum, which might be the game factor.
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Before the start of the 2023 MLB Season, the idea of a series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (43-56) and the San Diego Padres (48-52) was one to be highlighted. Just a few games into the second half of the season, Pittsburgh and San Diego have been severe disappointments. The Pirates have not been able to utilize the veteran talent on their team, including the return of designated hitter Andrew McCutchen. The Padres are among the biggest disappointments this season as the All-Star talent on their team hasn’t been able to outshine their most glaring problems.
The Pirates are, shockingly, one of the worst batting teams in the MLB. They are ranked 15th (last) in the NL in runs accounted for (409), 14th in hits accounted for (773), 14th in home runs accounted for (90), 13th in batting average (.236), and 13th in on-base percentage (.312). Outside of McCutchen, left-fielder Bryan Reynolds, and right-fielder Connor Joe, the Pirates have yet to be able to get much from their lineup.
When it comes to the Padres this season, they should be better at the plate than most, if not all teams in the league. The combination of Manny Machado, Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr., and even Ha-Seong Kim has not been able to help the rest of the slumping lineup. San Diego ranks eighth in the NL in runs accounted for (454), 12th in hits accounted for (781), and 14th in batting average (.235).
In the pitching lineup, the Padres will have the clear advantage as they will start Yu Darvish (4.36 ERA in 97 innings pitched) as compared to the Pirates having Quinn Priester (11.81 ERA in innings pitched), who had a bad first start this season in the 11-0 loss to the Cleveland Guardians on July 17.
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
One of the top games on Monday, if the top game in the league, is set for the Toronto Blue Jays (55-45visitingng the Los Angeles Dodgers (57-41) at a start of a three-game series. The Blue Jays and the Dodgers have some of the best overall talented players in the league, as they are reliable in the batting, fielding and pitching game.
The Dodgers are ranked first in the NL in runs accounted for (558), second in home runs (162), second in walks accounted for (414), second in on-base percentage (.335). Leading the way for a huge impactful season at the plate is right-fielder Mookie Betts, who has accounted for 78 runs, 1034 hits, 67 RBIs, 27 home runs, 60 walks, a batting average of .278 and an on-base percentage of .380.
The Blue Jays are ranked seventh in the AL in runs accounted for (448), third in hits (893), ninth in home runs (113), third in fewest strikeouts encountered (798), fourth in on-base percentage (.330), and sixth in slugging percentage (.417). Toronto has six players that have accounted for a batting average greater than .260.
The Dodgers will have home-field advantage and a slight advantage as they have won seven of their last ten games compared to the Blue Jays' 6-4 record in their last ten games. Toronto, however, will come into Monday's game with the pitching advantage. The Blue Jays will turn to Jose Berrios (3.39 ERA in 119.1 innings pitched) to start at the mound, while the Dodgers will have Michael Grove (6.40 ERA in 52 innings pitched) as the starting pitcher.
Michael Hanich is a sports journalist/analyst with a wide variety of experience in the newspaper and digital field. He has a love for all sports. The leagues that he covers are College Football, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, College Basketball (men’s and women’s), the MLB, Lacrosse, Volleyball, and the WNBA.More info on Michael Hanich
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