When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >
This Thursday’s matchup between the Houston Astros (66-49) and the Baltimore Orioles (70-44) should be one of the more interesting and offensively heavy matchups. Both the Astros and the Orioles have no problems accounting for hits and runs.
One player who has the potential to account for significant earnings for bettors is Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, who is not the best-gifted batter for the Astros. Maldonado is among the starters for Houston that has the least amount of hits at 45. In the six games in the month of August, however, Maldonado has accounted for four hits.
Maldonado and the Astros will be facing an Orioles pitching team that isn’t elite in the AL. The Orioles are ranked ninth in the AL in hits allowed this season (953). While Maldonado isn’t the most reliable hitter for the Astros, there is a solid chance he will contribute to the batting game just as much as he does in the fielding game.
This Thursday’s matchup between the Atlanta Braves (72-40) at the Pittsburgh Pirates (51-63) isn’t going to be the thriller as the previous matchup. It will be a chance for the Braves to continue their reign as one of the top teams in the league.
This Thursday’s game will also be a chance for the Braves’ ace pitcher in Bryce Elder (3.43 ERA in 126 innings pitched) to account for another stellar performance. Elder has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the Braves’ third-ranked ERA team (3.92) in the NL, but throughout the entire league.
Elder has a chance to hold the Pirates to a limited performance at the plate. Pittsburgh is one of the worst batting teams in the league this season as they rank 14th in runs accounted for (475), 14th in hits accounted for (891) and 14th in batting average (.236).
There shouldn’t be many reasons to doubt the batting potential of the Toronto Blue Jays (65-51). On Thursday, there should be even less doubt against the Blue Jays as they take on the Cleveland Guardians (55-60) on the road.
The Blue Jays are second in the AL in hits accounted for (1039) this season thanks to a lineup of reliable batters that could help take the game over. One batter that is flying under the radar is leftfielder Daulton Varsho, who has accounted for 84 hits this season. He is the player that has the sixth-highest amount of hits this season and the next projected player to cross 100 hits this season for Toronto.
The Guardians are a much-better pitching team this season than they are at the plate. Cleveland has the third-best ERA (3.77) in the AL, but they have allowed 942 hits this season (seventh in the AL).
Some pitching prop bets look too good to be true. While there are some of those in Thursday’s slate of MLB games, that isn’t the case for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Matthew Liberator who has a chance to give bettors some easy money on Thursday.
Liberator is set at 2.5 strikeouts for his matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays, one of the more solid batting teams in the AL since the start of the 2023 MLB Season. While the Rays are a consistent batting team, they are ranked eighth in the AL in strikeouts encountered this season (999).
Liberator (6.93 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched) hasn’t had the smoothest season this year, but he has been able to develop as a young player. While it is a tough ask for a young pitcher to completely shut down the Rays on Thursday, it might not be hard to ask him for a sufficient amount of strikeouts to help the team.
One bet that could give bettors serious earnings is the over of 7.5 strikeouts from Boston Red Sox pitcher James Paxton. The Red Sox (59-55) are not hot right now as they have only taken back fourth place in the AL East just because the New York Yankees (59-56) are having a disastrous season themselves. The main reason to put full trust in Paxton is that he will start against the Kansas City Royals (37-79).
The Royals are among the worst batting teams in the MLB this season. The Royals are ranked ninth in the AL in strikeouts encountered (1010). They are in the bottom half of the AL in every major batting category except for triple-base hits and stolen bases.
Paxton (3.60 in 75 innings pitched) is one of the most consistent pitchers for the Red Sox this season. He has delivered 84 total strikeouts in 14 games this season, with half of them delivering seven or more strikeouts.
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
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.
WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.