Betting season heats up along with the summer months and baseball is no exception. Friday features the battle of the Windy City and a clash between the NL’s top Wildcard contenders. Who should you pick in your MLB predictions?
Friday, June 26, 4:05 p.m. ET
Cubs @ White Sox
Randy Wells (1-3, 2.57) vs Jose Contreras (2-6, 5.23)
All aboard the…Randy Wells train? Don’t laugh – the relatively unknown Cubs hurler has been quietly effective this season – much more than his 1-3 record suggests. His 2.57 ERA is the more telling stat, as he gives a quality start seemingly every time he takes the hill. Better yet for the Cubs, he has a 2.10 road ERA and has allowed just two homers in 49 innings – a great stat to carry with him into the homer-happy U.S. Cellular Field.
Jose Contreras is back on track for the White Sox after his minor league banishment but could be in trouble from the opening pitch. Why? Cubs’ leadoff man Alfonso Soriano hits .625 with three homers off him in just eight career at bats. All signs point to a Cubs victory – not to mention a Federer victory in Wimbledon betting – on Friday.
Daily sports pick: Cubs
Friday, June 26, 8:05 p.m. ET
Giants @ Brewers
Matt Cain (9-1, 2.28) vs Yovani Gallardo (7-4, 3.00)
The Giants and Brewers, battling for the NL Wild Card, send aces to the mound Friday night. After years of hard-luck losing and horrible run support, everything has finally clicked for Matt Cain. He’s 9-1 and has allowed one or zero runs in six of his last seven starts. Every good season still has its blips on the radar, though, and I think Friday could be it for Cain. Despite his sparkling numbers, his homer rate is up this year; now he faces a power hitting team at a park where they bombed him last year.
Meanwhile, Yovani Gallardo may not have a great record against the Giants, but he’s almost unstoppable at home, where he has a 2.63 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 102 innings. Since the Giants’ offense is nothing to get excited about, the Brewers should squeak past the Giants. It may feel strange, but picking against Cain is good betting management this time around.
Daily sports pick: Brewers