MLB Best Bets: White Sox, Guardians, and Unders

White Sox @ Mets

Lucas Giolito has averaged over 6 Ks a game over his last ten starts. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The White Sox continue their tour of the National League East with a visit to Citi Field. This matchup features a showdown between Lucas Giolito and Carlos Carrasco.

Both teams have encountered struggles throughout this season. However, the White Sox took two out of three from the Braves, and the Mets snapped their four-game losing streak on Sunday against the Dodgers. Suggesting both teams may be heating up.

Recent performances from Giolito and Carrasco have shown improvements, adding intrigue to the pitching duel. Considering the tendencies of both offenses to experience difficulties, scoring runs may prove to be difficult, particularly in the early stages of the game.

First Five: Under 5 Runs (-105)

However, bettors should have more faith in the White Sox, given how their offense performed in Atlanta. Chicago lost the first game of that series 0-9 but promptly bounced back, outscoring Atlanta over the next two 14-6. So if Giolito can continue to work as he has, they should have no trouble picking up their third win in a row.

Chicago (+105) 

Guardians @ Pirates

Mitch Keller is making his first start since playing in the All-Star Game. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The Guardians aim to add to the Pirates’ woes; they wasted no time asserting their dominance at PNC Park last night. Cleveland shrugged off a four-game losing streak with a resounding 11-0 victory in the series opener, narrowing the gap to just 1.5 games behind the Twins for the coveted AL Central lead.

Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, this loss marks their fourth consecutive defeat following a weekend sweep by the Giants. With hopes of a turnaround, the Pirates turn to their top starter, Mitch Keller, as he takes the mound tonight, looking to steer the team back on course. Keller is having a career year, posting a 3.31 ERA through nineteen starts. He’s shown improvement with each year in the league, and the Pirates are finally starting to see the quality starter they thought they were drafting nine years ago in 2014.

Going for the Guardians will be Logan Allen, who has been incredible this season, especially over his last ten starts. Allen has back-to-back shutouts, averaging 2.1 earned runs a start in this stretch. A third shutout could be in order, as he will have no trouble here in Pittsburgh. 

Under 8.5 Runs (-105)

While Keller should be able to continue his dominance against the Guardians, his team will likely lose in a low-scoring battle. This game will come down to the bullpens, and the Pirates don’t possess the firepower to pick up a win here.

Cleveland (-110)

 

 

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