Thursday’s Major League Baseball Previews, Predictions & Picks for August 8

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Jason Radowitz
Jason Radowitz grew up as an avid sports fan his entire life. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

Jason Radowitz is 18-9 in his last 27 MLB bets. With many teams off Thursday, Jason still has three best bets where he sees value.

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I love the early days. Yesterday, all three games I chose were in the afternoon. I went to bed last night knowing I won two of three bets last night. I don’t need the anxiety before and after I go to bed for the west coast games! There are many teams off today which means less options to choose from. That’s never fun, but I still believe I found a couple bets that have lots of value! 

Braves @ Marlins 7:10 pm

The Atlanta Braves (68-48) are 18-5 as road favorites this year. They’ll be starting another road series in Miami against the Marlins (42-71). On the season, the Braves are 10-2 against Miami and they’ll be sending out late free agent acquisition Dallas Keuchel who has been solid. The Marlins will throw Elieser Hernandez (1-4 5.66ERA. Miami has lost nine of their last ten. The Braves bats are hot after touching up the Twins for 23 runs in the last two games. I’ll happily take the run-line with the Braves playing the way they’re playing. 

Braves -1.5 runline -132  @ FanDuel

Cubs @ Reds 7:10 pm

The Chicago Cubs (62-52) will take on NL Central rival in the Cincinnati Reds (54-58). The Cubs have won five of their last six games. During this stretch they took the lead in the NL Central division. Cole Hamels (6-3 2.84 ERA) will take the hill for the Cubs. Before last week, Hamels hadn’t pitched a month due to a strained left oblique. Against the Brewers, he looked just fine, going five scoreless innings in his return. He also has an 11-2 record with a 1.97 ERA in 18 career starts vs. the Reds. Alex Wood (1-0 3.18 ERA) of the Reds has now pitched in two games since coming off the IL for the year. He’s allowed two runs in both outings. I expect a close outing here. But with the moneyline set at -125, I see a ton of value for Cole Hamels, the ace of the Cubs staff.

Cubs -125 moneyline @ FanDuel 

Indians @ Twins 8:10 pm

The Cleveland Indians (68-45) will be traveling to Minnesota to face the Twins (70-44). The records indicate that this game will be close, but the Twins have an advantage. WRONG! The Indians are the team surging as of late while the Twins pitching continues to falter. Mike Clevinger (6-2 3.07 ERA) of the Indians will pitch against Kyle Gibson (11-4 4.02 ERA) of the Twins. This same pitching match-up was held on July 12th. The Twins actually won that game 5-3. However, in that game, Gibson only lasted 3.2 innings and the bullpen led the rest of the way. Clevinger has thrown a quality start in five of his last six outings. He’s been brilliant. The Twins on the other hand, allowed the Braves to score 23 runs in the last two games. The Indians are pitching well and of course … winning. Give me the Indians on the road where they’re 30-22 on the road this season.

Indians -104 moneyline @ FanDuel

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