By: Lynq Sports MLB Staff
We’re back at it this afternoon for another beautiful day of playoff baseball! Check in with our MLB experts as they break down their favorite bets from today’s NL games!
Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs
Money Line: MIA (+180) CHC (-190), Total: 7 (O +105, U -125)
First Pitch: 1:08 CST, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
It was an all-around awful game for the Chicago Cubs after a 5-1 defeat in Game 1 to the surging Marlins. No offense aside from a Happ solo shot, and Kyle Hendricks surrendered a critical 3-run homer to Corey Dickerson in the 7th inning. Jesus Aguilar clubbed another homer that inning, creating concern for a Cubbies team on the brink of elimination. However, the Cubs have come back several times before, and this time is no different. Stud Yu Darvish takes the mound, trying to save the Cubs season. For the Marlins, young flamethrower Sixto Sanchez is on the hill. Similar to Sandy Alcantara, Sanchez has electric stuff. I’m expecting another pitcher’s duel, but Darvish will take control of this must-win game. I’m backing the Cubbies once again on the money line at -185 for one unit.
-Jay Patel (@jpatel2444)
St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres
Money Line: SD (-111) STL (+101), Total: 9 (O -107, U -113)
First Pitch: 9:08 CST, Petco Park, San Diego, CA
I’m going in blind with this one since the Padres have not announced a starter yet (at the time I’m writing this) so don’t go too hard on me. Jack Flaherty will get the ball for the dirty birds in a win-or-go-home situation. Flaherty has not been as dominant as we expected as he has a 4-3 record with an ERA close to 5 and a WHIP at 1.21. The Padres bats look to be clicking at the right time and Fernando Tatis Jr. is building his case to be the face of baseball. They were able to get clutch hitting and hit 5 home runs in last night’s win. For the Cardinals, they have been getting hits from all spots in the lineup which has helped them score runs. They are facing a Padres pitching staff who is depleted as they are without Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet. It’s tough to say who the Padres are going to roll out for today’s game but he won’t be any good with the consistent production that Cardinals are getting. I’m going to be taking the over in this game of nine runs. Both starters will very likely be on a short leash today and with both bullpens being used quite a bit, there should be some tired arms out there that will give up some runs.
-Hector Duran (@hector_duran22)