Monday’s slate of baseball will feature 13 games. More importantly, Monday will mark one month until the end of the regular season. To honor that, we’ll be taking a look at three matchups with plenty of playoff implications.
The Yankees will have another chance to turn their season around, this time at home versus a Twins team that is tied for the division lead in the AL Central. Next, we’ll take a look at a lopsided matchup in St Louis, where the Cardinals will be taking on the Nationals. To cap things off, we’ll head to Seattle to see if the Mariners have what it takes to extend their winning streak to eight, as they take on the White Sox. Now, Let’s check out what today’s Wicked Wagers are!
1:05 PM EST Minnesota Twins (+142) @ New York Yankees (-168)
Starting Pitchers: Chris Archer (MIN) vs Jameson Taillon (NYY)
Neither of these teams are playing very good baseball, especially not the team in New York. The Yankees are 11-21 dating back to July 31st. Aaron Boone’s club has been dying for a spark plug and it seems as though the only guy that can provide it is Aaron Judge. Judge has homered seven times in his last twelve games. He was the star of the Yankees’ much needed 2-1 win yesterday over the Rays, going 3 for 5 with a double and a home run.
The Twins will be giving Chris Archer the nod in this one. Archer has a 4.52 ERA in 23 starts this season. Shockingly, he has failed to pitch more than five innings in any one of them. The Twins will likely have to hand the ball off to their middle-of-the-pack bullpen, as they look to capitalize on playing the free-falling Yankees.
It’s tough to want to bet on the Yankees these days, but we’re going to do it. We’re not going to say that today is the start of the massive turnaround, but perhaps it is. The urgency has to be there for the Bronx Bombers. They’ve got a favorable pitching matchup as they return home, and we know what to expect from Judge.
Wicked Wager – Yankees Moneyline (-168)
4:15 PM EST Washington Nationals (+215) @ St Louis Cardinals (-260)
Starting Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez (WAS) vs Jack Flaherty (STL)
Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty will be making his return after missing over two months with a shoulder injury. Flaherty was supposed to be the ace of this rotation but has instead only made three starts this season. He will be joining a Cardinals team that is red hot and will be looking to continue on the momentum Albert Pujols set yesterday when he hit his game-winning, 695th career home run.
The Nationals have had a rough go off it this year, but have been playing better baseball in their last two series. Still, they will be big underdogs on the road against a Cardinals team that now looks poised for a deep run in October. The Nationals will be turning to veteran pitcher Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez, much like the Nationals, hasn’t had a great season, but has fared better in his last few starts. Monday’s contest will be another test for this young Nationals team.
The Cardinals are big favorites so we’re going to stay away from the money line here. Instead, we’ll take a look at the run line, where the Cardinals are favored by a slimmer margin of (-126). Jack Flaherty won’t go deep in this game, but will still give the Cardinals a solid five innings. The Cardinals have won each of their last four contests by two runs or more, and seem well prepared to do so again.
Wicked Wager – Cardinals Run Line -1.5 (-126)
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6:40 PM EST Chicago White Sox (-118) @ Seattle Mariners (+100)
Starting Pitchers: Lance Lynn (CWS) vs Marco Gonzales (SEA)
The red-hot Seattle Mariners will be looking to inch closer to their first playoff berth since 2001, as they take on the White Sox on Monday. The Mariners will be returning from a six-game road trip in which they went undefeated. They’ll have Marco Gonzales on the mound in this one. Gonzales has pitched well over his last three starts. Seattle’s bats have also gotten it going as of late. Julio Rodriguez keeps producing from the leadoff spot, setting the tone for the rest of the lineup.
The White Sox faltered towards the end of August, falling to below .500. They now have a .500 record after winning four of their last five. Thankfully for the Southsiders, they’re in a weak division and are only two games back of first place. Every game the rest of the way will be critical for them as they look to capture the AL Central crown. The Sox will be turning to Lance Lynn on Monday, as they look to put a halt to the red-hot Mariners winning streak.
The moneyline comes as a surprise in this contest, as FanDuel is favoring the White Sox. The pitching matchup is relatively even, with the Mariners even having a slight advantage based on season numbers. Both teams are hot, but Seattle is even hotter. T-Mobile Park should be rocking the rest of the way, as their team looks well prepared to end the longest postseason drought in American sports. Expect both pitchers to be locked in, but for the Mariners to ultimately extend their winning streak to eight.
Wicked Wagers – Mariners Moneyline (+100) / Total Runs u7.5 (-120)