With just seven games slated to be played in the MLB tonight, Ben Steele previews three of them including a game between two of the best pitchers in the game.
Nola (10-2, 3.6 ERA) is building a solid Cy Young campaign while Bumgarner (6-7, 3.92 ERA) has been on hot form in recent weeks; with the Giants winning each of his last four starts.
Yankees keep cruising through the season
New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays
Friday 00:05 BST
The New York Yankees look to continue their dominant 2019 season tonight as they face the Toronto Blue Jays. Aaron Boone's side have won eight straight games scoring an impressive 65 runs in that time and show no sign of slowing down. With Domingo German on the mound looking to improve to 15 wins on the season and the Blue Jays sending out a man more suited to a bullpen role than that of a starter in Thomas Pannone, tonight will certainly be a busy one for the scoreboard operator. Look for the Yankees firepower to provide the edge in a high scoring game.
Reds a good price against Chicago
Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays
Friday 00:10 BST
The Chicago Cubs swept the Milwaukee Brewers last weekend to put themselves firmly in the driving seat for the NL Central playoff spot. However, that series win further displayed the Jekyll and Hyde persona the Cubs have displayed this year. Chicago are 40-19 at Wrigley Field but just 22-33 on the road. Tonight they face the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati and will need to rely on Cole Hamels to try to turn their road troubles around. Hamels has a team best ERA of 2.84 but with a batting lineup who are very much a boom or bust outfit he will have to be at his best if he is going to earn the win. Look for a low scoring affair with Cincinnati a good price to earn a win.
Runs will be scarce for Twins and Braves
Philadelphia Phillies @ San Francisco Giants
Friday 02:45 BST
Aaron Nola and Madison Bumgarner face off in a matchup between two of the biggest pitching names around. Nola (10-2, 3.6 ERA) is building a solid Cy Young campaign while Bumgarner (6-7, 3.92 ERA) has been on hot form in recent weeks; with the Giants winning each of his last four starts. In July, backed by Bumgarner, the Giants were in great form, putting themselves in the wildcard picture but in the last week have slipped back in to the pack again, going 3-7 in their last 10 games and losing 4 straight.
Nola and the Phillies will expect to shutdown the opposition tonight, and continue to lower his ERA even further. With Nola in great shape, allowing one run or less in seven of his last nine starts, and the Giants struggling, expect Philadelphia to win a low scoring affair.