The Los Angeles Dodgers enter the weekend on an 11-game winning streak after they finished a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. The 1-0 win capped off a three-game set that saw the NL West leaders outscore the NL Central leaders, 14-3. The Dodgers now have 12 shutouts this season. Lance Lynn looked like his old self on Thursday, permitting four hits over seven innings, striking out three with one walk. Milwaukee did get the tying run in scoring position in the ninth inning, as Sal Frelick stole his third base of the game to get to second. However, Evan Phillips fanned Willy Adames to finish the save. What sports betting excitement can MLB provide this weekend? Check out our MLB Top Betting Games.
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MLB Top Betting Games | Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
When: Saturday, August 19 at 1:05 pm ET
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Projected Pitching Matchup: Kutter Crawford (5-6, 3.80 ERA) (BOS) vs Gerrit Cole (10-3, 2.76 ERA) (NY)
Every Red Sox-Yankees series is must-watch baseball, although this time around the storied teams occupy the bottom two slots in the American League East. Kutter Crawford has had some tough-luck outings as of late, including five innings of shutout baseball in Seattle on August 2 followed by a bullpen meltdown that led to a 6-3 loss. In his last two starts, Crawford hasn’t lasted very long, throwing just eight combined innings against the Royals and Tigers – not long enough to qualify for the win in either outing. On Sunday, the Tigers got a pair of runs on three hits against Crawford, over 4 ⅔ innings, so the Yankees should have plenty of shots at the Boston bullpen on Saturday.
The Yankees might be in last place, but Gerrit Cole continues to pitch like an ace. In his last start, on Sunday, he held the Marlins to a pair of runs on six hits over six innings, but the bullpen collapsed in an 8-7 loss, wasting Cole’s six-strikeout performance. Given the number of opportunities that the Yankees should have at the plate against the Boston bullpen, I see Cole keeping the game in control for six or seven innings. Yankees to win.
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MLB Top Betting Games | Milwaukee Brewers at Texas Rangers
When: Saturday, August 19 at 4:05 pm ET
Where: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
Projected Pitching Matchup: Freddy Peralta (9-8, 4.08 ERA) (MIL) vs Dane Dunning (9-4, 3.10 ERA) (TEX)
Freddy Peralta has three wins in three starts in August, posting a 1.89 ERA over those three games. He looked particularly dominant on Sunday in Chicago, as he blanked the White Sox over six innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six in a 7-3 win. The bats in Texas will be a little more challenging than what Peralta has seen so far this month, though.
Dane Dunning has also pitched well in August, with a 2.18 ERA combined over his three starts since the calendar turned. He got a tough no-decision on Sunday in San Francisco, allowing a single run over seven innings, striking out 12 without issuing a walk, only to see the offense cool off and the bullpen surrender a 3-2 loss in ten innings. Dunning has been a pleasant surprise for Texas this year. Rangers to win.
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MLB Top Betting Games | Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals
When: Sunday, August 20 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
Projected Pitching Matchup: Ranger Suarez (2-6, 3.88 ERA) (PHI) vs Trevor Williams (5-7, 5.20 ERA) (WSH)
Ranger Suarez has a nice 2.45 ERA for three August starts, but he only has a loss to show for it as the offense and the bullpen have let him down. He has only allowed four earned runs over his last two starts, totaling 12 innings, but the bullpen let him down in a 5-4 loss to Washington, and the offense got blanked in a 3-0 loss to the Twins. The Phillies are in wild-card position as of this writing, but the offense needs to pick up for the team to make it back to the postseason.
Trevor Williams has a large 11.00 ERA over two August starts, and he has allowed four our more earned runs in four straight starts dating back to July 25. He hasn’t made it through five innings in a start since July 25. The Phillies just saw him on August 8, when they got to him for six runs on eight hits, including three home runs, in an 8-4 Philadelphia win. Phillies to win.
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