MLB Betting Guide: Thursday 9/8/22
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Over 7.0 (-114): 5-Star Rating Out of 5
Sandy Alcantara is pitching for the Miami Marlins, so I understand any hesitancy you have about betting the over in this game. But our model isn't hesitant at all, giving the over a five-star rating (five-unit recommendation).
Alcantara hasn't been at his best of late, and the league leader in innings pitched might be wearing down a bit. Across his previous seven starts, Alcantara has been tagged for at least four runs in four separate outings, including giving up six runs apiece in two of his last three starts. Not a high-strikeout guy anyway, Alcantara's strikeout rate is only 19.0% in that time.
The Philadelphia Phillies got to Alcantara for four earned runs in 7 1/3 frames during that span, and we have the Phillies plating 4.95 runs tonight.
The Phils are turning to Kyle Gibson, and he's unlikely to shut down Miami. Gibson owns a blah 19.5% strikeout rate, and while he does a good job limiting fly-balls (34.4% rate), he's got just a 4.33 xFIP in the second half. We have the Marlins scoring 4.44 runs in this one.
The bullpens should help our cause, too. Over the last 30 days, both Miami (4.17) and Philly (4.04) rank in the bottom 12 in reliever xFIP.
In all, we see 9.39 runs being scored, and we give the over a 65.4% chance to cash. It's our best bet of the night.
Yankees Moneyline (-142): 1-Star Rating Out of 5
Cortes is making his first start off the IL. He's been stellar all season long, sporting a 3.52 SIERA, 25.9% strikeout rate and 5.8% walk rate. He can have success against a Minnesota Twins offense that is in a rut, struggling to the seventh-worst wOBA (.297) over the last 30 days.
The Twins are countering with Sonny Gray. The owner of a 3.81 SIERA and 23.7% strikeout rate, Gray has been good in 2022. But his 9.1% swinging-strike rate hints at some impending negative regression for his strikeout rate, and his strikeout rate is only 17.8% on the road.
We project the Yankees to win by a score of 4.76-4.14. The Yanks' -142 moneyline price implies win odds of 58.7%. We think they win 59.1% of the time. It's not much, but it's something.