Best MLB Betting Series of the Week

Posted by Aaron . on August 8, 2016 in

The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, and we’re really getting into the stretch run now. Teams like the Cubs and Rangers, who started hot and then entered a slump, seem to have found their stride again. Let’s take a look at one of the best pro baseball betting series for this week.

Best MLB Betting Series of the Week: Texas vs Colorado (at COL Mon-Tue, at TEX Wed-Thu)

 

The Rockies and Rangers take part in their interleague home-and-home this week, with the first games set to take place at the Coors Field. The Rangers dropped two of three in Baltimore earlier in the week, but then they took two of three from Houston over the weekend to open up a seven-game lead in the American League West, with Houston dropping to third place behind the Seattle Mariners.

 

 

 

The Rangers sit at 65-47 and hold the top record in the junior circuit. The Rockies sit at 55-56, eight games behind the Giants in the National League West, but they have won six of their last ten.

 

Monday’s matchup pits Cole Hamels and Tyler Anderson. Hamels pitched well after the first inning in his last start at Baltimore, but the three runs he permitted in that opening frame were enough to pace the O’s to a 3-2 win. Even so, Hamels has a solid 12-3 record that still makes the Rangers a favorite here. Anderson is 4-3 and threw seven solid innings against the Dodgers his last time out, but I still like the Rangers to win this behind Hamels.

 

Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers will send A.J. Griffin to the hill against the Rockies’ Tyler Chatwood. Griffin has been terrific this year, using a baffling curve ball with his slider and fastball to keep hitters guessing. Griffin does tend to get in trouble in his third trip through the lineup, though, so the Rockies could get to him in the fifth or sixth inning. Chatwood (10-7) has been terrific on the road, but at home, his ERA pushes 6. Coors Field is ah hitter-friendly park with the thin air, so this could be the Rockies’ better chance for a win at home.

 

Wednesday night sees Jorge De La Rosa for the Rockies and Martin Perez for the Rangers. Perez is one of the AL leaders in generating double-play balls (and ground ball outs in general). De La Rosa has been uneven, going 7-7 with a 5.24 ERA overall. However, his last outing went six strong innings as he permitted just one run. Even so, I like Perez to outduel the Rockies in this one.

 

Thursday afternoon features Chad Bettis against recent Ranger acquisition Lucas Harrell. Harrell went six strong innings in his Ranger debut to get a win over Kansas City, but his second start saw struggles with control, as he only lasted 3 innings, striking out seven but walking six. Bettis is 10-6 with a 5.42 ERA. He has won five of his last seven decisions, but he has given up at least three earned runs in three of his last five decisions. If we see the Harrell who mowed down the Royals, the Rangers should win. Otherwise, the Rockies will prevail.

 

Overall, I’m picking Texas to win Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and Colorado to win Tuesday.