MLB Betting Previews- Saturday, July 7 Parlay
MLB closes-out the first half of its regular season this weekend with its annual All-Star break slated for next week.
In order to squeeze in one last score before the league shuts down for a couple of days, we have carefully analyzed all the pitching matchups on Saturday’s slate of games to uncover a two-team parlay that promises to make this Holiday weekend a profitable one.
Game 1- Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals
Money Line: Colorado +185 Washington -205
Total Line: 7.5
Colorado will send Jeff Francis to the mound for the second of a three-game set. The left-hander held St.Louis to two runs in five innings his last time out to raise the Rockies’ record to a perfect 5-0 in his last five starts. Overall, Francis is 2-1 this season with a 5.16 ERA. He is 1-1 against the Nationals with an ERA of 4.72.
Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to get the start for Washington on Saturday. The left-hander is an impressive 11-3 in 16 previous starts with a 3.01 ERA. He has given-up a total of eight earned runs in his last two starts after not allowing more than three in any of his previous eight outings.
The Rockies are just 7-20 in its last 27 games and 3-8 in their last 11 road games. Washington is 20-8 in their last 28 home games against a left-handed starter. Colorado has won 10 of its last 13 games in Washington, but there is no way it is going to beat Gonzalez in this one.
Game 2- Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Money Line: Atlanta +105 Philadelphia -115
Total Line: 8
Tommy Hanson is expected to be on the mound for the Braves on Saturday night. The right-hander lost to the Cubs his last time out after giving-up four earned runs on seven hits, but is still 9-5 on the year with a solid 3.70 ERA. He is 1-2 against the Phillies with a 2.93 ERA.
The struggling Phillies will look to Joe Blanton to help them secure a much-needed win. He is an even 7-7 on the year with an ERA of 4.85. The right-hander shut Atlanta out earlier in the season while allowing just three hits in a full nine innings of work. Lifetime against the Braves, he is 2-4 with a 4.65 ERA.
Atlanta is 7-3 in its last 10 road games and 4-1 in its last five road games against a right-handed starter. Philadelphia is a woeful 5-14 in its last 19 games against a team with a winning record. Despite the fact that the Braves have managed just one win in the last 10 games of this series, these are two teams headed in complete opposite directions. Stick with Atlanta to continue with its recent success on the road with a win that locks-up the back-end of this parlay.