MLB Betting Guide: Friday 7/30/21
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Reds +1.5 (-166): 3-Star Rating Out of 5
Reds Moneyline (+120): 2-Star Rating Out of 5
Gray sports a 4.50 ERA, but he's pitching much better than that. His SIERA sits at 3.68, and his 28.8% strikeout rate and 11.1% swinging-strike rate are nice numbers. He can thrive in this matchup as the Mets are just 19th in wOBA (.308) with the 12th-highest strikeout rate (23.9%). Our model expects him to do just that, projecting the Mets for only 3.94 runs.
Carrasco is a really good pitcher who has had a stellar career, but he'll probably be on a short leash today. He logged just 6 2/3 total innings in the minors while he was rehabbing, and Carrasco didn't go past three innings in any rehab appearance. Plus, Mets' pitchers are running into a buzzsaw as the Reds' offense leads baseball in wOBA over the last seven days (.394).
We project the Reds to win 4.46-3.94 and give Cincy win odds of 53.2%. With the Reds at +120 on the moneyline, taking them to win outright is a two-star wager, per our model. Betting on them to cover as 1.5-run 'dogs is a three-star play.
Marlins Moneyline (+144): 2-Star Rating Out of 5
Marlins +1.5 (-118): 2-Star Rating Out of 5
There's no doubt Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo fill the need the Yanks had for left-handed pop. But they're not going to fix everything for this offense, and Rizzo may not be ready to go tonight anyway. The Yanks have been underwhelming offensively all year, but they've been downright bad at the plate of late, sitting 20th in wOBA over the last 14 days (.314) with the 2nd-highest strikeout rate (26.5%) in that time.
And the Pinstripes have a tough task today versus Zach Thompson, who has put up a 3.80 SIERA and 26.7% strikeout rate over his first 33 MLB innings.
Miami's offense was already bad with Starling Marte, so they'll likely reallllly struggle without him. While Jameson Taillon is a fine pitcher, he's not overly intimidating, striking out just 18.0% of hitters in June and 20.2% in July. He's also permitting 1.52 dingers for the year.
The Marlins are +144 on the moneyline, but our algorithm has them winning 50.1% of the time in a game that we see as a coin flip. We also give them 62.0% odds of covering as 1.5-run underdogs. Both bets are two-star wagers.