MLB betting (August 30): Houston Astros take flight as flood crisis worsens

Updated: August 29, 2017

Our thoughts are with the people of Texas impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey including those of the Houston Astros’ organisation who’ll be away from home for the foreseeable future due to the severe flooding that’s impacting their hometown; overall record: 261-14-240, +27.47 units


MLB best of the day: Los Angeles Dodgers (73-56, 37-27 away) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (70-59, 37-23 home)
Where: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
When: Wednesday, August 30, 11.40am (AET)
Starters: Rich Hill (LAD, 9-5, 3.32 ERA), Zack Godley (ARI, 5-7, 3.15 ERA)
Prices: Los Angeles $1.84, Arizona $2.10, O/U 9

Confirmed bet: -9 (two units @ $1.85)

TIW says: Firstly, an update on the status of the Houston Astros as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to dump rain on the already flooded Texan city. The Astros’ upcoming home series against the Texas Rangers has been relocated to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Astros’ three-game series against the Mets at Minute Maid Park could also be moved to Tropicana Field. The Astros, who have the best road record in Major League Baseball at 42-22, are now facing the reality of playing 18 successive games away from home. Following the scheduled six-game homestand against the Rangers and Mets, they have a nine-game West Coast road trip to Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim. Twenty-five of their final 34 games could be played away from home. They won’t return home until September 14. Other Houston area sporting teams are likely to be impacted over the coming days and weeks, and we’ll update those movements as they are confirmed.


We’re crossing from the AL West to the NL West for our best of the day featuring the top two sides – albeit separated by 19 games. However, the Arizona Diamondbacks are holding down the top wild card and enter this series against the Los Angeles Dodgers having won four in a row and six of seven. Arizona are two games ahead of Colorado in the race for the first NL wild card. This series begins a critical division stretch for the Diamondbacks, who have six games against the Dodgers and seven against Colorado between now and September 14. The winner of the wild-card game is almost certain to meet the Dodgers in the NL Division Series. The D-Backs hand the ball to Zack Godley tonight. He is 0-1 with a 2.92 ERA against the Dodgers this season and 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA against them in seven career appearances, three starts. Godley is 2-2 with a 3.22 ERA in eight home starts this season.


Los Angeles dropped two of three to Milwaukee over the weekend, their first series loss since the first week of June. Ace Clayton Kershaw is poised to return from injury at the end of the week for the Dodgers, who are attempting to avoid their first three-game skid since June 4-6. Cody Bellinger is expected to come off the disabled list tomorrow and take over the starting job from Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Without Bellinger, the Dodgers have scored just 11 runs in their past five games and have been shut out twice. Rich Hill (pictured above) returns to the mound after one of the most hard-luck losses in baseball history. After going 5-0 over his previous eight starts, he took a perfect game into the ninth inning and a no-hitter into the 10th at Pittsburgh, only to lose it (and the game) on a walk-off homer. Hill is 1-3 lifetime versus the Diamondbacks, but pitched seven innings of one-run ball against them on July 6.


Other confirmed bets

Detroit Tigers @ Colorado Rockies -1.5 (one unit @ $2.12)
Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins -9 (one unit @ $2.06)
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs -1.5 (one unit @ $2.02)
Seattle Mariners @ Baltimore Orioles WIN (one unit @ $1.70)
Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels -1.5 (one unit @ $2.48)
New York Mets WIN @ Cincinnati Reds (one unit @ $2.43)


Today’s other games

Cleveland Indians @ New York Yankees (postponed)
Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals
Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies (postponed)
Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays
Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros
St. Louis Cardinals @ Milwaukee Brewers
Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals
San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres


Yesterday’s results: 1-0-4, -4.12 units

Cleveland Indians @ New York Yankees -7 (two units @ $2.05) LOSE (6-2)
Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays -8.5 (one unit @ $1.83) LOSE (6-5)
Detroit Tigers @ Colorado Rockies -1.5 (one unit @ $1.87) LOSE (4-3)
Atlanta Braves WIN @ Philadelphia Phillies (one unit @ $2.36) LOSE (1-6)
Seattle Mariners @ Baltimore Orioles WIN (one unit @ $1.88) WIN (6-7)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Unibet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Bets void if listed pitchers do not start. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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