Runs on the cards in Cleveland
The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians face off with both starting pitchers coming off tough outings last time up. Manny Banuelos of the White Sox gave up nine runs on 10 hits as he capitulated against the Boston Red Sox and, while Carlos Carrasco was a little more controlled against the Seattle Mariners, he gave him a career high four home runs in a game the Indians were still able to win. In addition, both Banuelos and Carrasco have consistently leaked runs this season and will be likely to struggle in a hitter-friendly ballpark. Expect runs, with the Indians slight favourites to pick up a win.
Explosive offenses on show again
The New York Yankees hold a 2-1 series lead over the Seattle Mariners going in to Thursday night’s final game, but come off the back of a 10-1 loss last night. With 30 runs scored across the three games so far it looks like the pitchers will have their work cut out. J.A. Happ and Mike Leake will start, with almost identical ERA’s. Leake’s 4.91 ERA is just 0.02 better than his Yankees counterpart and with the likes of Edwin Encarnacion, Omar Narvaez and DJ LeMahieu in decent form over the last few days I think the run line, which is set at nine, is a little too low.
Cards bats take on road warrior Musgrove
The St Louis Cardinals started the season well but have wobbled of late, with a 4-6 record over their last 10 games and facing one of the best road pitchers in the league tonight will be a real test. Joe Musgrove leads his Pittsburgh Pirates in to St Louis with a 1.23 ERA across three starts on the road this season but he will be facing a batting line up with the best batting average in the National League. With Musgrove on form and the Cardinals low on form I expect a low scoring affair but I can’t trust Pittsburgh to give their pitcher enough support.
Corbin the key against the Dodgers
Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers
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Friday, 03:10 BST
The Washington Nationals head in to a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers having won just two of their last 10 games. However, as they look to turn around their lacklustre start to 2019, they have the perfect man for the job on the mound tonight. Patrick Corbin had enormous success against LA last season, as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The New York native had a 0.77 ERA and 31 strikeouts across four starts against the Dodgers last year, a record that will need to be continued if Washington are to have any success tonight. Expect a tight game with Corbin’s performance holding the key.
Source: US Sports