MLB

Monday, September 24



STREAKING AND SLUMPING STARTING PITCHERS

Streaking:
Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates (13-9, 3.24 ERA, $617)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won Jameson Taillon's last six starts and he is emerging as the No. 1 option in the team's starting rotation. Over those six outings he owns an ERA of 1.66 and a WHIP of 1.00.

Taillon and the Pirates are big +144 underdogs tonight at Wrigley Field against Cole Hamels and the Chicago Cubs.

Slumping:
Marco Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays (7-13, 5.57 ERA, $76)

Marco Estrada's last start was a very effective one run and only four hits allowed in six innings of work, but that came agaisnt the historically bad Baltimore Orioles so that gets tossed out the window. In his seven starts leading up to that outing at Camden Yards, Estrada owns an ERA of 9.19 and a WHIP of 1.9175. He lives and dies by his change-up - and he's been mostly dying by that pitch in 2018.

Marco and the Jays are +165 home underdogs tonight against Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros.


Breezy Fenway

In a day that seems primed to produce plenty of Under results, the wind will be blowing in from right-center field tonight at Fenway Park in Boston where the Red Sox will host the Orioles.

Dylan Bundy will get the starts for the O's and he's been better of late with only two earned runs allowed in each of his last two starts. In his last 10 starts against the Red Sox the Under is 6-2-2.

Nathan Eovaldi gets the assignment for the home side and he's allowed zero earned runs over his last two starts and comes into tonight with an ERA of 2.20 at home in 2018.

The full game total for tonight is set at 8.5 and this feels like another Under.


Kluber Dominates The Sox

Indians' righty Corey Kluber gets the start tonight in Chicago against the host White Sox. Kluber has dominated the Sox over the last few season. In fact, over his last 10 starts against Chicago he owns a win/loss record of 8-0 with an ERA of 2.00 and a WHIP of 0.9754.

Look for that dominance to continue tonight. The moneyline is much too chalky at -260 and the Indinas' runline may be a bit too beefy for some at -155. The alternate runline of -2.5 could be in-play at -105 and look at Under on the White Sox team total of 2.5 at +130 and Under on White Sox team hits of 6.5 at +110.