There are 10 games on the MLB schedule for Thursday, August 16th, 2018. The Rays are looking to start a new winning streak when they take on the Yankees in New York. Tampa has won 7 of the last 9 meetings between these two teams. After exploding for 16 runs on Wednesday against Baltimore, the Mets will open their series in Philadelphia against the Phillies while the St. Louis Cardinals will try to take another step toward the playoffs when they host the Nationals.
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Chicago Cubs (-114) at Pittsburgh Pirates (+104)
The Chicago Cubs gave themselves a little breathing room atop the NL Central with an 8-4 win over the second-place Brewers on Wednesday and they now head to Pittsburgh to open a series with the Pirates. John Lester will be on the mound for the Cubs and he and his team are hoping for a much better result than he had in his last start. Lester was thrashed by the Nationals who registered 10 hits and 9 runs against him in just 3 2/3 innings. Chicago has lost Lester’s last 3 starts and 4 of his last 5. Interestingly, 8 of Lester’s last 9 starts have resulted in the Over. Chicago is 6-1 in Lester’s last 7 road starts and they are 32-5 in his last 28 series openers.
van Nova gets the nod for the Pirates who have lost 3 straight games and 4 of their last 5. Nova has been hot and cold over the past couple of months but his last outing was quite respectable. He gave up just 3 hits and 2 runs in 6 full innings against San Francisco. The Over is 5-2-1 in his last 8 starts and it is 8-0 in Pittsburgh’s last 8 Thursday games.
The Pirates are 7-1 in their last 8 home games versus teams with winning records and they have won Nova’s last 5 series openers. The Under is 9-1 in Nova’s last 10 home starts against teams with winning records and it is 7-1 in Chicago’s last 8 against right-handed starters.
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Mets and Phillies Trending Under
The Under is 12-4-1 in Philadelphia’s last 17 games and it is 4-0 in Steven Matz’s last 4 starts. The Under has prevailed in 7 of the previous 8 meetings between these two teams.
The St. Louis Cardinals have now put together 8 wins in a row and they have won their last 7 against right-handed starters. The Nationals are 1-5 in their last 6 games versus NL Central teams and 2-9 in their last 11 against teams with a winning record.
Rays Beating Good Teams
Tampa has now won 12 of their last 15 games against teams with winning records and they are 6-0 in Snell’s last 6 games played on 5 days rest. The Under has prevailed in Tampa’s last 8 straight road games against teams with a winning percentage of .600 or greater. The Under is 5-1 in Tanaka’s last 6 home starts.
Heavy Under Trends Emerging In Philadelphia
The Under is 12-4-1 in Philadelphia’s last 17 overall and it’s 9-2-1 in their last dozen versus right-handed starters. It is 4-0 in Philadelphia’s last 4 game twos of a series and it is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings with the Mets.
Angels Beating Up On Bad Teams
The Angels have won 4 straight series openers and they have won their last 8 in a row against teams with losing records. They are 5-1 in their last 6 road games against teams with losing records. The Angels are 5-1 in their last 6 meetings with Texas.
Jays Stinking It Up With Gaviglio
The Jays have lost Sam Gaviglio’s last 4 road starts and his last 5 starts on 5 days rest. The Over has prevailed in the last 5 games in which Gaviglio started on 5 days rest and it is 8-2 in their last 10 road games versus right-handed starters.