A pair of teams who are seven games out of division race square off Friday.


Authored by Winning Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Al Presto.

Baseball Predictions are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2018 World Series. The (60-56) Pittsburgh Pirates, are 3-1 on their current road swing after taking two of three at Colorado and putting up ten-runs last night in a victory in the Bay Area. Manager Clint Hurdle will hand the ball to right-hander Clay Holmes who got his first career win at home on July 14th at PNC Park vs. Milwaukee. The Dothan, Alabama native has two appearances in a starting role with a 3.65 earned run average. Although San Francisco is still in the playoff race doesn’t mean Bruce Bochy is taking anything for granted, after all, they’re seven games out of the divisional and wildcard race. Injuries have decimated the pitching staff this season the latest casualty being starter Johnny Cueto who’s out for the season while Jeff Samardzija is set to return later this month. The prolific pitching rotation is what brought three World Series in six years to the franchise from 2010-14. Even 2014 Ace Madison Bumgarner has been a casualty appearing in just twelve games in 2018 but is slowly returning into form, and they’ll need at his best down the stretch. Game time is 10:15 PM EST at AT&T Park near the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco, California. Local Television Networks will be broadcasting. The Opening Betting Line has Pittsburgh as a +110 road underdog. The betting odds total is eight and a half runs for Friday’s contest.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a chance to get reacquainted with Andrew McCutchen who roamed the outfield in a Bucs uniform for nine-season and lead the Giants with forty-six runs batted in his first season in San Francisco. After Thursday’s win, Pittsburgh is now a .500 team road team and with three more vs. The Giants and then two in an interleague series in Minneapolis should have them playing with more confidence; they’ve also won eight of their last ten away from home. Outfielders Corey Dickerson along with Gregory Polanco are leading the Pirates in five broad hitting categories while Starling Marte and Josh Harrison are also contributing with consistency. The Pirates are behind St.Louis, Milwaukee, and just seven games behind the first place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. Pittsburgh is also positioned for the top Wildcard spot in the National League, putting teams on notice are the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bovada.Lv, list the Pittsburgh Pirates at 60/1 to win the 2018 National League Central division.

San Francisco is 1-5 their last six overall, making matter worse is their 2-8 record when playing in front of loyal fans at chilly AT&T Park on the bay. The good news is they’ll have their best starting pitcher in 2018 on the mound tonight. Left-hander Derek Holland has only five wins t to his credit this season with his last four outings resulting in no-decision games, he’s also been used in a reliever role, but San Francisco is 8-3 their previous eleven when Holland gets the start. Bochy hopes he can stop the bleeding to a team that desperately needs a victory. San Francisco will hit the road playing ten games in eleven days from August 13th beginning in Los Angeles and the finale in the Big Apple vs. The Mets. Shortstop Brandon Crawford along with McCutchen have been models of consistency this season playing in nearly all games. Crawford has a team-best one hundred and eleven hits. Bochy understands what it takes to win, and the Giants have the talent and composure to make a run at a playoff berth; don’t count them out. Bovada.Lv, list the San Francisco Giants 40/1 to win the 2018 NLCS.


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Dodgers look for revenge at home tonight against Houston in Interleague action.

Authored by Winning Major League Baseball Betting Expert Analyst Greg Nelson.

Top MLB Expert Picks are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2018 World Series. After taking two of three from Seattle, the Houston Astros spent Thursday, August 2nd in Los Angeles with business as usual on their minds in a rematch of the 2017 World Series. The Astros beat the Dodgers 2-1 the next day without Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve who are nursing minor ailments, but Justin Verlander was outstanding allowing four hits with a run in seven and two-thirds innings. Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr.(10-6) with a 4.06 earned run average will get the call tonight, the Tampa, Florida native should be in his comfort zone after beating the Dodgers in both of his starts in the 2017 World Series. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Dodgers need a win as they are now in a first-place tie with Arizona. Los Angeles is 2-3 on their current homestand which ends Sunday with a six-game road trip against surging Oakland and Colorado on the slate it’s crucial for the Dodgers to perform at a high level. Game time is 9:05 PM EST at Dodgers Stadium in the Chavez Ravine section of Los Angeles, California. Local Television Networks will be broadcasting. The Opening Betting Line has the Dodgers as a -140 home favorite. The betting odds total is seven and a half runs for Saturday’s contest.

Manager A. J. Hinch watched in disgust as his team got swept at home by their in-state rivals Texas Rangers getting outscored 22-8 in the span of three games. The reigning World Champions then lost game one of a series in Seattle before righting the ship, and they are now on a three-game winning streak as fans breath a sigh of relief showing why they have the best road record in baseball. Despite their previous homestand, the Astros have the top pitching rotation in baseball with the bullpen being just as effective. Although Hinch watched his team perform at a maximum level last night they aren’t the same without their infield battery of Altuve and Correa, their return is paramount for the stretch run primarily with the red-hot Oakland A’s. The Astros have beaten Los Angeles 4 of their last six meetings with the betting odds under coming in three times over the previous four contests. The total could be tricky tonight with McCullers who got shelled the last time he pitched in Southern California allowing five runs in four innings to the Angels; he’s also lost his three previous starts overall. Bovada.Lv, list the Houston Astros at +450 to win the 2018 World Series.

The Dodgers will send right-hander Kenta Maeda who usually last five to six inning to the pitcher’s mound. Manager Dave Roberts likes the direction of his team that’s why management didn’t make any significant moves at the trade deadline but the absence of shortstop Cory Seager who’ll miss the remainder of the season could be felt as the season progresses. Left Fielder Matt Kemp is in a bit of a slump in the batter’s box with a single hit in the last ten games, right fielder Yasiel Puig missed last night’s game after driving in four runs batted in the finale vs. Milwaukee, his status is uncertain Saturday. As good as Houston’s pitching staff is the Dodgers are just as productive ranking third in the MLB landscape with a 3.48 earned run average. As usual, Kenley Jansen is one of the best coming out of the bullpen, but the rest of the relievers are having their share of problems this season. Making the under more enticing for bettors is the Dodgers staying under the total seven of their last eight interleague games. Bovada.Lv, list the Los Angeles Dodgers at +500 to win the 2018 World Series Championship.

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