Baseball bettors backing Jason Radowitz have profited nicely off of his 6-3 run in his previous nine baseball bets. Here’s his three best bets for Thursday as he continues his streak.
The trade deadline is over! I, for one, love the trade deadline. I get extremely anxious and love to analyze each move as if my life depends on it. The biggest news of yesterday’s deadline was Zach Greinke getting traded to the Houston Astros. The Astros now have a rotation that includes Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, and now Greinke. At this point, the Houston Astros are the favorites to win the World Series. They could be in line to win two World Series’ in three years. That would be an impressive feat. Speaking about the Astros ….
Astros @ Indians 7:10 pm
The Houston Astros (69-40) are coming off a brutal 10-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians (63-44) last night. The Astros won game one of the series and they’ll be looking to get the series win on Thursday with their ace Gerritt Cole (12-5 2.94 ERA) on the mound. Cole cruised through July with an ERA of 1.85 going at least six innings in all five starts in the month. Well, it’s now August. But things aren’t changing. Indians hitters collectively are hitting a whopping .190 in 58 plate appearances. In his last time out against the Indians, Cole went seven innings, allowing two runs, but he did take the loss after striking out 10 batters. The Indians will start Danny Salazar (0-0 0.00 ERA) who hasn’t pitched in a game since 2017. Salazar was on the Injured List with a right shoulder injury that has finally been rehabbed. Salazar is a mediocre pitcher that has had some success in his career. But I don’t expect much from him in his first start since 2017. I’m taking the Astros to take the series behind their ace Cole with the runline of -1.5.
Rays @ Red Sox 7:10 pm
The Tampa Bay Rays (62-48) were thought to be struggling going into their series against the Boston Red Sox (59-50). Not so fast… The Rays took the first two games of the series against the Red Sox and they’re going for the sweep on the road. Both teams are in a tight race for the AL Wildcard spots. These games matter. But apparently in the AL East … pitching doesn’t. The Red Sox have gone over in their total in the last six games. The Rays have gone over their total in their last four games. The Rays will send out Brendan McKay (1-1 3.72 ERA) who recently struggled in his last start against the Chicago White Sox in mid July allowing five runs in under 4 innings pitched. McKay has only pitched once on the road in his entire career. It will be hard to pitch successfully against the Red Sox who are trying to avoid getting swept on their home field against a division (and Wild Card) rival. Boston will be sending out Andrew Cashner (10-5 4.18 ERA) who was acquired from the Orioles earlier in the month of July. In his three starts with the Red Sox, it hasn’t gone too well. He allowed 5ER (earned runs), 4ER, and 3ER in those starts, failing to reach seven innings pitched. The Rays are swinging hot bats. The Red Sox are swinging hot bats. You can give me the over here.
Padres @ Dodgers 10:10 pm
Clayton Kershaw (9-2 2.85 ERA) and the Las Angeles Dodgers (71-39 is taking the mound at home against Joey Lucchesi (7-5 4.12 ERA) San Diego Padres (50-57). Kershaw has been dominant in his last month sporting a 1.44 ERA with the Dodgers in four starts. The Dodgers outscored their opponents by 23 runs in those four games. Lucchesi has had a pretty solid season thus far, but if you look at his road numbers, they’re ugly. On the road, Lucchesi has an ERA of 6.48 in eight games this season. The Dodgers struggled to score against the Rockies yesterday until the 9th inning. The momentum for this series against the Padres will start where it left off. I’m confident taking the Dodgers on the run line. Remember, the last four games combined when Kershaw pitches would have the Dodgers up 23!!!!! runs.