Authored by Winning Major League Baseball Analyst Al Presto.
MLB Daily Expert Picks are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2018 World Series. With a little over a month left in the 2018 MLB regular season the (72-58), Arizona Diamondbacks cling to a one-game lead over Colorado in the NL West. Arizona went 3-2 in a recent homestand avoiding a home sweep by Seattle in Interleague action with a 5-2 win Sunday, August 26th. And now it’s the first of a seven-game road trip to the Golden State, the first three in San Francisco and it’s on to Los Angeles to face the Dodger for four beginning Thursday, August 30th. San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy will send right-hander Chris Stratton who’s 8-7 with a 5.37 era to the pitcher’s mound Monday. The Mississippi native has not had a successful outing since a 4-1 victory over the Dodgers on June 17th. Monday’s Game time is 10:15 PM EST at AT&T Park near the Embarcadero on the bay where it will be about 59 degrees in San Francisco, California. Local Television Networks will be broadcasting. The Opening Betting Line has Arizona as a +155 road underdog. The betting odds total is seven and a half runs for Monday’s contest.
Arizona is 3-7 the last ten against San Francisco this season, and manager Torey Lovullo understands what’s at stake in late August. Diamondback fans watched their team get in the 2017 postseason as a wildcard where they beat Colorado but got swept by the Dodgers, so it’s important to win the division and establish the home-field advantage. And a lot will determine the next seven games. Left Hander Patrick Corbin who leads the staff with one hundred and ninety-eight strikeouts gets the ball tonight; the Diamondbacks have come out on the winning side in seven of his last eight starts including a 6-3 home win vs. San Francisco earlier this month. Slugger Paul Goldschmidt went deep in Sunday for his 30th of the season, and he should feel comfortable at the plate vs. San Francisco pitching with the betting odds over the total coming in four of the last five between the teams. Bovada.Lv, list the Arizona Diamondbacks at 6/5 to win the 2018 National League West division.
The 2018 season started out reasonably well for San Francisco who are now eight games behind first-place Arizona and are 8 and a half games out of the wildcard spot. San Francisco has a winning record both at home and against National League West division opponents. Injuries to catcher Buster Posey and starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, both out for the season along with a list of casualties that has made it an uphill battle for the Giants. Since the All-Star break, San Francisco has had two four-game losing streaks that have cost them dearly, but they managed to take two of three from Texas this past weekend. They’ll host Arizona for three before the Mets come to town, then it’s a six-game road trip beginning in Colorado and ending in Milwaukee Sunday, September 9th. The Giants must start to play with a sense of urgency if they are to close the gap or they’ll be facing elimination soon. Bovada.Lv list the San Francisco at 125/1 to win the 2018 NLCS.
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Daily Baseball Picks are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2018 World Series. Arizona Diamondback Manager Torey Lovullo got his team to the 2017 wildcard game where they took care of their National League West division rivals Colorado Rockies in a high scoring affair. A year later it’s the same story as Arizona will try to make it six of seven with Patrick Corbin (6-3) and a 0.95 earned run average his last three starts pitching tonight. The Clay, New York native, has been throwing exceptionally well the past three games as he tries to put some distance between the Dodgers, Giants, and Colorado. The (46-44), Colorado Rockies are 8-2 their last ten but with six games until the 2018 All-Star break and a homestand with Seattle looming it’s crucial to get a win Tuesday. Game time is 8:40 PM EST at Coors Field in the Mile High City of Denver Colorado. Local Television Networks in both cities are broadcasting. The Opening Betting Line has Colorado as a -105 home favorite. The betting odds total is Eleven Runs for Tuesday’s contest.
Arizona has a slim half-game lead over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers in a division which any of four teams could be on top by Sunday. The Diamondbacks have also been productive vs. NL West opponents with a 22-15 record; they are also above .500 on the road. Productivity from the pitching staff is a huge reason why Arizona has an excellent chance to propel them into a divisional crown. Starter Zack Godley, Zack Greinke, Patrick Corbin along with relievers Brad Boxberger, and Archie Bradley are one of the best staffs in Major League Baseball. After a moderately slow start to the 2018 season, the first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is beginning to round into form and leads Arizona in home runs, hits, runs batted in and has a team-high .388 on-base percentage. Arizona is 7-1 their last eight away from home and a victory tonight could put any team in the National League on notice that they are for real. Bovada.Lv, list the Arizona Diamondbacks at +180 to win the 2018 NL West title.
Losing eight straight to a division foe in front of their home crowd doesn’t exactly thrill Rockies manager Bud Black who’s all but tried a magic potion. However, as sluggish, they are vs. Arizona it not the fault of fan favorite and third baseman Nolan Arenado who’s slowly becoming a household name. Colorado along with Washington are the only teams in baseball with a realistic chance for postseason play having problems at their home ballparks. It’s easy to understand the thin air at Coors field causes balls to get out of the park accessible. Left Hander Tyler Anderson (6-0) with a 3.90 era will do his best to stop the bleeding vs. Arizona tonight: he’s red hot on the mound allowing just two runs resulting in two victories his last two outings, more impressive he’s nearly gone the distance in both games. The Rockies have stayed under the betting odds total in four of their previous six. Colorado can’t make to big of a deal with their woes against Arizona, remain loose and feel comfortable is all you can do. Bovada. Lv, list the Colorado Rockies at +1,800 to win the 2018 NLCS.
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