By Harry Gagnon
FRIDAY, JULY 8
Here are Harry's Best Bets for the slate in Major League Baseball on Friday.
BREWERS -215 OVER PIRATES
BRAVES -275 OVER NATIONALS
Milwaukee is 6-0 versus Pittsburgh this season and 5 of those wins have come by two runs or more. The Braves have been on fire and so has starter Charlie Morton. In his last four starts he has need allowed more than two earned runs and the Nationals are nasty.
RAYS -1.5 RUNS OVER REDS -105
S. McClanahan is the favorite halfway through the season for Cy Young (current odds are +250). He has at least 7 strikeouts in 10 straight starts and has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 11 consecutive starts. In 4 starts against National League teams this year he has allowed just 2 earned runs and has struck out 37 batters in 27 innings.
METS CHRIS BASSITT OVER 5.5 STRIKOUTS VERSUS MARLINS
Bassitt leads the Mets in innings pitched and strikeouts. He has 6 or more in 5 of his last 6 starts. The Marlins are averaging 8.5 strikeouts a game this campaign.