From now until the end of the current MLB season, top baseball matchups take place every week. Check out the MLB betting odds, analysis, and free picks for four of the best matchups in Major League Baseball this week!
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New York Mets at San Diego Padres
- When: Wednesday, May 8 at 3:40pm ET
For the most part, Met’s listed starter Steven Matz has thrown well this season. His ERA is 3.86 while his WHIP is 1.20. However, NYM faces a rejuvenated San Diego Padres squad that sends one of its better pitchers to the mound on Wednesday.
San Diego listed starter Matt Strahm has been ultra-effective in his last 3 starts. Strahm gets the slight edge in the pitching matchup while the Padres hit better at Petco Park than their opponents. San Diego should win this game.
MLB Betting Pick: Padres
Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
- When: Friday, May 10 at 8:10pm ET
The Rangers and Astros, so far, are two of the better teams in the American League. As of May 5, Houston leads Texas by 3 games in the AL West. The Stros send ace Justin Verlander to the mound for this matchup on Friday.
Verlander is searching for another Cy Young Award. He’s got a 4-1 record with a 2.86 ERA. His WHIP is .86. As well as Verlander pitches, he often struggles against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers bat .286 against Verlander.
That should give Texas a chance at pulling off the moneyline upset.
MLB Betting Pick: Rangers
Washington Nationals at L.A. Dodgers
- When: Saturday, May 11 at 9:10pm ET
Nationals-Dodgers should be an excellent matchup on Saturday because both squads send out two of their better starters. The Dodgers list Walker Buehler has their starter. Buehler’s ERA has taken a hit this season, it’s at 5.22, but his WHIP is a very good 1.19 while his record is 3-0. The Dodgers are 4-2 in Buehler’s 6 starts this season.
Washington counters Buehler with ace Max Scherzer. The future hall of fame pitcher hasn’t gotten off to a rocking start. His ERA is 4.08 while his record is 1-4. The problem the Nats really have in this matchup is what do they do when Scherzer leaves the game?
Los Angeles should punish Washington’s bullpen. LAD is a good play on the run line.
MLB Betting Pick: Dodgers run line
New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
- When: Sunday, May 12 at 1:10pm ET
One of the best MLB matchups on Sunday has the Tampa Bay Rays hosting the New York Yankees. The Yankees send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. Tanaka has a 3.92 ERA, a 2-3 record, and a 1.31 WHIP.
Although Tanaka can surprise once in a while, the Rays bat .316 against him. That’s one reason to go with the Rays in this. Another reason to go with the Rays is because the Rays have a 2.99 team ERA. That leads MLB. The bullpen ERA is 3.47, which ranks fifth in MLB. Tampa beats the Yankees on Sunday.
MLB Betting Pick: Rays