Top MLB Series of the Week

Posted by Aaron . on June 6, 2016 in

This week features some quality series between some MLB’s rivals, and some other series that could start to show some early-season separation between contenders. Let’s take a look at what the weekly betting run lines holds.

Top MLB Series of the Week

 

 

Monday-Thursday: Houston at Texas

Last year, the Houston Astros led the American League West for most of the season. However, the Astros fell apart in August and September, and the unlikely Texas Rangers stormed all the way back from a dreadful start to the season and won the division. The Astros had started sending their mascot around their home field with a remake of the vintage Texas state flag with a cannon and the slogan “Come and Take It.” Their version featured a bat but kept the same slogan. When the Rangers completed their comeback and won the division, they trolled the Astros on their scoreboard. The Rangers have won nine straight over their in-state rivals, and they also hold the best record in the American League at 34-22. However, the Astros, once in the basement of the West this year, have won eight of ten. The series features some dandy pitching matchups as well — Monday features Colby Lewis for Texas and Mike Fiers for Houston, and Tuesday features Rangers ace Cole Hamels against 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel. On Wednesday, the Rangers plan to start Yu Darvish on the mound, who has been terrific in two starts since returning from a two-season absence involving Tommy John surgery.

Monday-Wednesday: Kansas City at Baltimore

We have the defending World Series champions, now struggling to find consistency as they have dropped four straight, visiting the American League East leaders. However, Monday’s game gives the Royals a real shot as they send Danny Duffy to the hill for the first time without any limit on his pitch count since his return from the disabled list. In his first start since coming back, he permitted three earned runs in six innings but picked up the win. Tuesday’s game features a potentially premier pitching matchup, as Yordano Ventura pitches for the Royals and beat Baltimore on April 24, while the Orioles send out Ubaldo Jimenez, who took a no-hitter into the fifth inning against the offensively minded Boston Red Sox.

Monday-Thursday: Cleveland at Seattle

The Indians are right there with the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals, as the three teams keep swapping spots atop the American League Central. The Mariners entered the weekend tied with Texas for the American League West but found themselves taken to the woodshed as the Rangers built some distance in the division with a three-game sweep. Both teams are looking for some energy out of this series. In the first game, James Paxton will be making his second start in the spot of the injured King Felix Hernandez. Paxton hopes to do better than last time, when he permitted 8 runs in 3 innings. His record as a starter is 12-9 with a 3.25 ERA, so the M’s faithful should have some optimism. The Tribe will send Trevor Bauer to the hill, who pitched seven strong innings in the Indians’ win over Texas last Wednesday.