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MLB-Thursday night – Betting preview

The Cardinals have been really good at home this season, but you have to be a little concerned about the way Wacha has been pitching. Perhaps he can turn things around against a Pittsburgh team he has done really well against.

The pitching edge in this game should be with the Pirates, as Musgrove had been really good all season until his last start. He should bounce back with a really good game on Thursday. We lean a little bit to the Pirates in this game, but we think the better choice is the total, as Pittsburgh has historically struggled on the road in St. Louis and Wacha has done well in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates have been going under the total on the road against right-handers and Wacha’s last four starts against Pittsburgh have gone under. Musgrove has been solid for Pittsburgh this season and he should be able to hold down the St. Louis bats. The wild card in this game is Wacha, but we think his history against the Pirates will help him in this one. We’ll play this game on Thursday night to go under the total 

Seattle Mariners (20-19) at New York Yankees (21-15), 6:35 p.m. ET

Mike Leake (2-3, 4.91 ERA) (SEA) +145 / +1.5 runs (-140) / Over 9.5 runs (EVEN) 
J.A. Happ (1-3, 4.93 ERA) (NYY) -160 / -1.5 runs (+120) / Under 9.5 runs (-120)

Thursday night’s series finale between the Mariners and Yankees will see two struggling starters in Mike Leake and J.A. Happ take the hill.

Leake is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA in his past five starts. Several Yankees batters have had previous success against Leake, including the hot-hitting DJ LeMahieu (5-for-12).

Happ began the year disastrously, going 0-2 with an 8.76 ERA in three tries. He was on the improve before struggling in his most recent outing against the Twins, when he allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk through 5 2/3 innings. Happ’s home run rate per nine innings this year is 2.1, which spells trouble against Seattle’s bats. The Mariners lead the league in homers and just hit three at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. Edwin Encarnacion has four in his last five games for the Mariners.

MLB Play: Over

Washington Nationals (14-22) at Los Angeles Dodgers (25-14), 10:10 p.m. ET

Patrick Corbin (2-1, 3.71 ERA) (WSH) +130 / +1.5 runs (-170) / Over 7 runs (-115) 
Rich Hill (0-0, 3.60 ERA) (LAD) -145 / -1.5 runs (+140) / Under 7 runs (-105)

The Nationals and Dodgers are trending in different directions as they open a four-game series at Chavez Ravine on Thursday night. Washington has dropped eight of its last 10 to fall seven games behind the Phillies in the NL East, while L.A. has won 10 of its last 13 to open up a three-game lead on the Diamondbacks in the NL West.

Patrick Corbin is the Nationals’ best bet to stop the bleeding. He’s very familiar with these Dodgers hitters from his time in Arizona and absolutely dominated them last year, posting a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings of work.

Rich Hill counters for L.A., and he’s still working on getting back to full strength after missing the first month of the season with a knee sprain. The assignment is a fairly easy one, as the Nationals have plated just seven runs in their last four games.

MLB Play: Under

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