Top MLB Betting Picks of the Week – September 2nd Edition

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 2, 2019 in

As we enter the month of September, we’re hitting the stretch run of the pennant races. Everyone is trying to make their final push for the best playoff spot that they can get. Let’s take a look at some of this week’s top MLB Betting matchups alongside the latest MLB Odds.

Top MLB Betting Picks of the Week – September 2nd Edition

Tuesday, September 3rd

New York Mets @ Washington Nationals

Washington is in the top Wild Card spot, and is currently sitting 5 ½ games behind the NL East leading Braves. At the time of this writing, the Mets are 4 games behind the Cubs for the second Wild Card spot. This series could have some huge implications on the race for a playoff spot.

This game will feature a matchup of two of the top pitchers in the game, as the Mets will send Jacob deGrom to the mound, and the Nationals will counter with Max Scherzer.

The Nationals are still within striking distance of the Braves, and the Mets need every win they can get to stay in the Wild Card race. This should be a great matchup of arguably the top 2 pitchers in the National League.

The Nationals have gone 8-2 in their last 10 entering the week, and have been on a tremendous run in the second half. Can they get to deGrom, or will the Mets ace shut down the hot bats of the Nats?

San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals have been on a roll. Even though many were perplexed at why the Cardinals didn’t make any real moves at the trade deadline, they have still played great baseball in the second half, and are currently sitting atop the National League Central.

The Giants are clinging to a small glimmer of playoff hope. After going on a run prior to the trade deadline, and choosing to stand pat rather than be sellers, the Giants have stumbled in the standings. At the start of this week, they’re sitting 7 games out of the second Wild Card spot.

And more bad news for the Giants, the Cardinals will be sending one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, Jack Flaherty, to the mound. Flaherty has gone 4-1 with a 1.02 ERA in his last 7 starts. In that span, he has pitched 44 innings, striking out 56, and has a WHIP of .73.

If Flaherty continues this dominant run against the Giants, it could make for a long day for the San Francisco bats.

Thursday, September 5th

Washington Nationals @ Atlanta Braves

Entering the week, the Nationals, one of the hottest teams in baseball, sit 5 ½ games behind the Braves, and in the top spot in the Wild Card standings. The Braves, have been on a hot streak as of late, and are primed for a long playoff run.

This will be a fun one to watch, as the red-hot Stephen Strasburg takes the hill for the Nationals, and Max Fried will toe the rubber for the Braves. Both of these hurlers have had tremendous years.

This series has huge playoff implications. If the Braves can take the series, they will put more distance between themselves and the Nats.

If Washington takes the series, they will be in a prime position to challenge the Braves for the division title, and they could also solidify their top spot in the Wild Card race.

Saturday, September 7th

Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins

At the start of the week, the Indians sit 4 ½ games behind the Twins for the top spot in the American League Central. Cleveland currently holds a ½ game lead for the top spot in the Wild Card standings.

Aaron Civale, a promising rookie, will take the mound for the Indians, and he will be opposed by Jake Odorizzi. Civale, who has only started a handful of games this season, has been impressive. Odorizzi, has finally become the pitcher than many have predicted he would be for years.

This series will be huge for the AL playoff race. Can Civale keep the baseball in the park against the Twins?