MLB Tipsheet: Back star man Eddie to soar again

Eddie Rosario
Eddie Rosario can continue his big-hitting ways tonight
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Tonight's games take place alongside the backdrop of the ongoing MLB draft, as the 30 clubs pick their stars of the future, Ben Steele looks at the stars of today.

"It is clear Rosario has a good eye for what Santiago is trying to do and I expect him to continue his impressive home run hitting form."

Low runs expected in San Fran

Diamondbacks @ Giants
Wednesday 18:45 BST

San Francisco host Arizona in an intriguing National League West battle. The division rivals have played eight times already this term with Arizona leading the series 5-3 in a set of games that have displayed the differences in style between the sides. Arizona's batting lineup are somewhat of an enigma, they have combined for the fewest hits and worst batting average in the league but have generated runs with above average base running statistics.

In contrast, San Francisco get hits - lots of hits - but often struggle to turn those hits in to consistent run-scoring. Most of the games between the two sides have been low-scoring and that trend should continue with Clay Buchholz, a former All-Star, and Chis Stratton facing off on the pitcher's mound tonight. Stratton, who is enjoying his best run in the majors is favourite to get the win in what will surely be a low scoring affair.

Don't say no to Nola

Phillies @ Cubs
Thursday, 01:05 BST

Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies is fast becoming a star and backing him to get a win over a Cubs team who are expected to be involved in the playoff race, looks like a decent value bet. The 25-year-old from Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been in imperious form this season, providing quality starts in his last 10 appearances and earning himself a team leading 7-2 record along the way.

Nola will be facing a Cubs side with a lot of big name hitters but he has displayed an impressive ability to stifle power hitters this season so he should match up well against the likes of Kris Bryant and Javy Baez. Chicago are favourites and have home field advantage but the same was true last night when the Phillies won comfortably behind the arm of Zach Eflin.

At 6/5, Nola and the Phillies are a good price to repeat last night's heroics.

Don't doubt Eddie

White Sox @ Twins
Thursday 01:10 BST

The Minnesota Twins will, once again, look to Eddie Rosario to provide a spark as they face the Chicago White Sox. The Puerto Rican outfielder leads the team in all three major batting statistics (batting average, home runs and RBIs) and hit a trio of home runs in Sunday's 7-5 win against the Cleveland Indians.

One man who will be particularly worried facing Rosario is tonight's White Sox starter, Hector Santiago, who has the unfortunate record of never having managed to get Rosario out. In three at bats Rosario has three hits, three RBIs and a home run. While that 100% record is unlikely to continue, it is clear Rosario has a good eye for what Santiago is trying to do and I expect him to continue his impressive home run hitting form.

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