MLB Best Bets – Phillies & Rays

Phillies @ Pirates

Mitch Keller enters play with a 4.01 ERA Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies head to Pittsburgh for a three-game set with the Pirates in an interstate battle. The starting pitching duel showcases Zack Wheeler against Mitch Keller, both heading in contrasting directions.

Wheeler is currently a strong contender in the Cy Young race, posting impressive performances. Conversely, Keller had his moment of success a few months ago but has faced difficulties recently. As Friday approaches, these struggles for Keller might persist as Philly has posted twenty runs over their last four games. 

Mitch Keller Over 3.5 Earned Runs (+115)

While the Phillies sit ten games out in the National League East, they are making a solid push in the Wild Card race — they are half a game behind the Giants for the top slot. It would be reminiscent of 2022 for the Phillies to run the table in the second half to give them preferred positioning when the playoffs come around. 

DK: Philadelphia -1.5 (+110)

Rays @ Astros

Shane McClanahan enters play with a 2.89 ERA. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

We have an electric showdown as the Tampa Bay Rays set their sights on the Houston Astros – two of the top teams in the AL. The anticipation builds as the three-game series kicks off tonight, highlighted by a captivating starting pitching matchup. The Rays will pin their hopes on Cy Young contender Shane McClanahan, while the Astros will rely on Cristian Javier to lead the charge.

Both teams understand the significance of every victory at this crucial juncture, as they currently occupy two of the coveted AL wild-card spots. Expect intense competition as they battle it out for crucial wins and continue their pursuit of the postseason.

The simple move here is to bet on McClanahan. The Rays have won seven of the last ten he’s started, and the three losses were no fault of McClanahans. In each of those losses, he allowed just two runs.

Tampa Bay (-110)

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