A fine 1-1 night for us last night as Sandy Alcantara did his thing for Miami, at least early to cover our 1st Half bet. The Phillies got to him late to rally for a late win, but all we needed was Alcantara to cruise through the 1st 5 innings which he did. The surprising loss was Justin Verlander who pitched “bad” which for him is still a quality start. The Rangers won outright in the 1st Half taking a 2-1 lead into the 6th inning. Back at it again today with a much smaller slate, including the Field of Dreams game. I’m back on FanDuel for my odds tonight. If you haven’t signed up with them yet you can do so below and get a No Sweat First Bet up to $1,000 when you make your initial deposit. Onto the bets.
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White Sox 1st Half Result (-130) vs Royals & 1st Half u4.5 (-144)
The White Sox are a bad baseball team and have a pretty lifeless offense at the moment. One of the very few things they have going for them is Dylan Cease. Cease has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball since the All-Star break. On May 24th, Cease got absolutely shelled at home by the Red Sox allowing 7 ER, 8 H, and 2 HR in just 3.0 IP. Since that point, he hasn’t allowed more than 1 ER in a start. That’s 13 straight starts without more than 1 ER. The White Sox are 11-2 in Cease’s last 13 starts. The Royals have been a thorn in the Sox side for years, but early let’s take Cease before the Sox have a chance to lose things late.
Cubs vs Reds o9 (-106)
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s a smaller slate today. I didn’t really love anything else on the board and figured we should probably have something riding on the Field of Dreams game to make it interesting since both teams in it are quite bad. For as bad as the teams are, their offenses haven’t been totally brutal with both having team batting averages hovering around .240. Neither pitcher throwing is all that good with Drew Smyly of the Cubs opposing Nick Lodolo of the Reds. Both have ERAs near or above 4.00. Both pitchers have WHIPs above 1.25 with Lodolo’s coming in close to 1.60. Last year in this game, granted it was two high powered offenses in the White Sox and Yankees, the two teams combined for 17 total runs with 7 home runs hit, so clearly it’s a hitter-friendly park. There’s some value on the over, let’s take it and have some fun rooting for runs.