With the 2017 MLB all-star a thing of the past, it’s time to buckle down and make some cold hard cash as we move into the second half of the regular season. This look at the top games of the coming week, will both inform and entertain baseball betting enthusiasts everywhere while giving a hint into just what you can expect in each matchup.
Top MLB Games July 17-23
St. Louis Cardinals at NY Mets
Wednesday, July 19, 7:10 PM ET, Citi Field
Analysis: Jacob deGrom will take the mound for the Mets, opposite St. Louis’ yet to be named starter. deGrom has compiled a perfect 6-0 mark with a 1.53 ERA over his past six starts while tossing at least seven innings each time out. The bad news is that the right-hander gave up a career-high four home runs against St. Louis on July 7 the last time he faced the Cards. New York is 4-6 over their last 10 while St. Louis has gone 5-5 over the same stretch.
Washington Nationals at LA Angels
Wednesday, July 19, 10:07 PM ET, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Analysis: Washington lefty, Gio Gonzalez had his best start of the season on Friday, by limiting Cincinnati to just four hits in 8.1 shutout innings. L.A. right-hander Ricky Nolasco limited Tampa Bay to one run on two hits in seven innings in his last start on Friday. The 34-year-old veteran has a solid 3.65 career ERA in 23 career appearances, including 21 starts, against Washington. The Nats have compiled an impressive 29-17 mark on the road this season while the Halos have gone 24-21 at home.
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Friday, July 21, 2:20 PM ET, Wrigley Field
TV: FS-M, MLBN
Analysis: Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta will take the mound against St. Louis’s yet to be named starter in their Friday night NL Central divisional battle. Arrieta limited Baltimore to two runs on four hits in 6.2 innings, although he did give up his 15h home run of the season in the process, which is just one short of the figure he gave up all of last season. The veteran hurler is 1-1 in two starts against St. Louis this season. Chicago is +4 (24-20) at home this season while St. Louis is -5 (18-23) on the road.
Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles
Friday, July 21, 7:05 PM ET , Oriole Park at Camden Yards
TV: MLBN, MASN
Analysis: While neither team in this matchup has yet to name their starter for this Friday night showdown, the Astros have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games, but Baltimore will almost assuredly put up a big-time fight, seeing as how they’ve gone 25-19 at home this season. Unfortunately for Baltimore, they’ve gone 2-8 over their last 10 games at the time of this writing while Houston has gone 7-3 over the same span.