Updated: Jul 6
On this day in MLB history July 5, 1998 - Roger Clemens became the 11th pitcher in baseball history to notch 3,000th strikeouts.
Minnesota Twins (46-37) AT Chicago White Sox (38-40)
TAKE: TWINS +115 WIN 8-2
Michael Kopech (2-5) will take the mound for the White Sox, his 15th start of the season. The right-hander gave up three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched on Thursday in his last outing, a matchup with the Los Angeles Angels. The 26-year-old has an ERA of 2.78 and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings, with a batting average against of .165 in 14 games this season. In 14 starts this season, he’s earned a quality start in five of them. Kopech has three starts in a row of five innings or more. The right-hander has allowed the Twins to go 3-for-16 with a double in five innings this season.
Chris Archer makes the start for the Twins, his 16th of the season. He is 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 61 1/3 innings pitched. The right-hander’s last time out was on Thursday against the Cleveland Guardians, when he went four innings, surrendering one earned run while allowing just one hit. The 33-year-old has amassed a 3.08 ERA and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 15 games this season, while allowing a batting average of .208 to his opponents. Archer has yet to record a quality start so far this season. Archer enters the game with three outings of five or more innings pitched this year. Archer has a 6.00 ERA and a 2.000 WHIP against the White Sox this season in three innings pitched, allowing a .250 batting average over one appearance.
Kansas City Royals (29-49) AT Houston Astros (52-27)
TAKE: ROYALS +205 LOSS 7-9
I rarely go against a 7-game winning streak BUT “7” seems to be the magic number for the Astros. Three-times they have had a 7-game win streak and on the 8th try it’s been one big GOOSE EGG. The Astros will hand the ball to Luis Garcia (6-5) for his 15th start of the season. The right-hander’s last start was on Thursday, when he tossed 5 1/3 innings while giving up one earned run on three hits in a matchup with the New York Yankees. The 25-year-old has pitched in 14 games this season with a 3.42 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings with a batting average against of .207. In 14 starts this season, he’s earned five quality starts. Garcia has pitched five or more innings in three straight games and will look to extend that streak. The right-hander has allowed the Royals to go 4-for-25 with a home run and two RBI in seven innings this season. The Royals will send Zack Greinke (2-4) out to make his 13th start of the season. He is 2-4 with a 4.38 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 63 2/3 innings pitched. His most recent appearance was on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, when the right-hander went 6 2/3 innings, surrendering one earned run while allowing four hits. The 38-year-old has an ERA of 4.38, with 4.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 games this season. Greinke is looking to prolong a second-game quality start streak in this matchup. Greinke will try to continue a three-game streak of pitching five or more innings (he’s averaging 5.1 frames per appearance).
Blue Jays (44-37) AT Oakland Athletics (27-55)
TAKE: A’s +195 WIN 5-3
Just the opposite today, both these pitchers STINK and will give up a ton of runs, I have to take the + moneyline on this game, might find some gold again! Yusei Kikuchi (3-4) will take to the mound for the Blue Jays and make his 16th start of the season. The left-hander’s last appearance was on Thursday, when he threw 6 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up one earned run while allowing four hits. The 31-year-old has pitched in 15 games this season with an ERA of 4.74, a 2.056 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.516. In 15 starts this season, he’s earned three quality starts. Kikuchi has six starts of five or more innings this season in 15 chances. He averages 4.1 innings per outing. The Athletics will send Adrian Martinez (1-1) out for his third start of the season. His last appearance came on Friday against the Seattle Mariners, when the righty tossed 4 2/3 innings, surrendering seven earned runs while allowing seven hits. In two appearances this season, he has a 6.30 ERA and 5.4 strikeouts per nine innings while opponents are batting .282 against him. Martinez heads into this game with one outing of five or more innings pitched this season.
THREE TEAM MLB PARLAY
BET $5 WIN $92