There are 15 games on the MLB schedule for Sunday, August 19th, 2018. The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to bounce back from an 11-6 loss to the Yankees while the Washington Nationals will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they face the Marlins. The Colorado Rockies are just a single game behind Arizona in the NL West and they will go for the four-game sweep of the Braves. The Cardinals are looking unstoppable with 9 wins in their last 10 games. They will go at it with the Milwaukee Brewers who need to get it going if they are to remain in the thick of the NL Wildcard hunt.
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Chicago Cubs (+107) at Pittsburgh Pirates (-117)
The Chicago Cubs currently have a 4-game lead on the red-hot Cardinals in the NL Central and they have won 3 of their last 4 games to prevent that gap from closing. They must continue to play winning ball and another win against the Pirates will help. Chicago has taken two of the first three games of this four-game set. 5 of their last 6 and 8 of their last 10 games have resulted in the Under
Jose Quintana will starts for the Cubbies and he’s looking to reverse his recent fortunes. He has earned losses in 3 of his last 4 games and he was nothing short of disastrous in his last outing against Milwaukee. The Brewers pounded him for 5 runs on 6 hits including 3 dingers in his 5 innings of work. The Under is 5-2 in his last 7 starts and Quintana is 2-1 against the Pirates in his career.
The Cubs are 6-1 in their last 7 Sunday games and they are 8-2 in Quintana’s last 10 games following a team loss. The Under has prevailed in Chicago’s last 7 road games and it is 10-2 in their last dozen against right-handed starters.
The Pirates will counter with Jameson Taillon who hasn’t surrendered any more than three runs in his last 14 starts. 3 of Taillon’s 4 career starts versus Chicago have gone over the total as have 6 of his last 9 starts overall. The over is 5-1 in the big righty’s last 6 starts following a quality start in his previous appearance and it is 5-0 in Pittsburgh’s last 5 home games.
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Boston Continues To Roll
With a win on Saturday, the Red Sox have won 13 of their last 15 and 17 of their last 20 games. They have won 7 straight against starting pitchers with a WHIP under 1.15 and they are 17-4 in their last 21 Sunday games. Boston has won Velasquez’s last 4 starts.
Sundays Plus The Orioles Equals Overs
The Over is 9-1 in Baltimore’s last 10 Sunday games and it is 8-1-2 in their last 11 game threes. The over is 6-1 in the Orioles last 7 games following a team win and it is 9-1-1 in umpire Jordan Baker’s last 11 games he’s worked behind the plate during a Cleveland Indians game.
Giants Getting Wins On Sundays
The San Francisco Giants have won 14 of their last 17 Sunday games while the Reds are 1-4 in Castillo’s last 5 Sunday starts. The Under is 9-1-1 in San Francisco’s last 11 versus a team with a losing record.
Marlins In Tough Spot
The Miami Marlins have lost 7 of their last 8 games versus left-handed starters and they’ve lost 5 of their last 6 games following a win. They are 2-8 in Urena’s last 10 road starts and 3-14 in their last 17 games following one in which they allowed 5 or more runs.
Angels Look Good With Barria
The Angels have won 9 of their last 11 games against teams with a losing record. They have won Barria’s last 4 starts in a row and the Under is 4-1 in Barria’s last 5 starts versus teams with losing records. The Under is also 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between Texas and LA.
Verlander Getting It Done For Houston
The Astros are 13-3 in Verlander’s last 16 road starts and they have won 4 of Verlander’s last 5 starts against teams with winning records. The Under is 15-3-3 in Houston’s last 21 road games.