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MLB Tipsheet: Greinke makes Astros the leading contenders

After picking a couple of winners last week, Ben Steele previews tonight’s MLB games, including a game featuring the favourites for the 2019 World Series crown.

“The Astros are a good price to win comfortably tonight, and given the depth of their pitching decent value to win the World Series too.”

Pitching duel in Cleveland

Boston Red Sox @ Cleveland Indians
Tuesday 00:10 BST

The Cleveland Indians host the Boston Red Sox after winning an intense four game series with the Minnesota Twins to tie Minnesota for the lead in the AL Central. The Tribe will, barring a surprise collapse, be playing playoff baseball this October but they may not have to face Boston unless something changes soon for the defending champs.

Boston’s starter tonight, Eduardo Rodriguez, has been one of the few bright spots in an inconsistent season but he will have his work cut out for him if he is to earn his 14th win of the year. Rodriguez, facing rookie Zach Plesac, will not have a lot of room for error as the Indians defensive unit will certainly not allow many runs at all. Expect a low scoring game in Cleveland tonight.

Houston looking to continue playoff charge in Chicago

Houston Astros @ Chicago White Sox
Tuesday 01:10 BST

Zack Greinke joining the Houston Astros at the trade deadline is probably the move that will have the biggest impact later in the season. The 35-year-old, making his second Houston start against the Chicago White Sox, joins an already stacked pitching rotation that boasts a number of big names who lead the league in multiple statistical categories.

Greinke’s opposite number tonight is Dylan Cease, an inexperienced hurler who has lost four of his last five starts and is unlikely to pose too much of a threat to a Houston batting lineup that features a quartet of hitters with 20+ home runs this term. The Astros are a good price to win comfortably tonight, and given the depth of their pitching decent value to win the World Series too.

Keller will struggle against his idol

Pittsburgh Pirates @ LA Angels
Tuesday 03:10 BST

Mitch Keller returns to the big leagues after a terrible debut earlier in the season. The former second round pick started three games but was sent back to Triple-A without a win and with an ERA of 10.50.

Tonight he faces the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout, a man he has gushed about in interviews leading up to this game. Keller says he grew up watching Trout play but will try not to be intimidated when the richest man in sports steps in to the batter’s box. Unfortunately for Keller, Trout probably won’t care if he’s intimidated or not. The eight time All-Star is on course to hit more home runs than he ever has, and facing the erratic Keller he will fancy his chances of guiding the Angels to a much needed win.

Source: US Sports