The pitching matchups on tap for the coming week are part of significant games. This makes Major League Baseball that much more attractive as the season’s end approaches.
Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
This is a big series in the sportsbook but it’s also a big matchup. The Yankees are trying to catch the Tampa Bay Rays in the race for the American League’s second wild card spot. They want to beat the Boston Red Sox not primarily because Boston is a big rival, but because their postseason hopes hinge on being able to beat any team they play over the next four weeks. This matchup is a good one. Boston starter Jake Peavy has an ERA that’s over one run higher than his counterpart, New York starter Ivan Nova. Peavy’s ERA sits at 3.91 while Nova has a gleaming 2.88 mark. However, Peavy is a big-game pitcher Boston wanted on its roster for the stretch run of the season and the playoffs. It will be interesting to see what Peavy has in store for the Yankees on Thursday.
Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals
This game on Friday is a huge one because both Pittsburgh and St. Louis want to win the National League Central and avoid the one-game National League wild card playoff. A.J. Burnett goes to the bump for Pittsburgh with a strong 3.09 ERA. St. Louis counters with a great new addition to its starting rotation, 25-year-old Joe Kelly, who has a 2.82 ERA. Kelly was exceptional this past Sunday against Pittsburgh. Can the Pirates adjust against him?
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Cincinnati Reds
This is a collision on the MLB odds between two pitchers who have been flourishing recently. Zack Greinke of the Dodgers has helped fuel L.A.’s run to the top tier of the National League. He has a 2.78 ERA. Mat Latos of Cincinnati pitched a complete game on Monday against St. Louis and now has a 2.98 ERA. This should be a dandy on Saturday afternoon.