MLB betting (September 14): Anderson helps keep Brewers in the chase

Updated: September 13, 2017

With ace Jimmy Nelson sidelined by a shoulder injury, the Brewers had to get creative to fill his spot in the rotation tonight. Fortunately, the circumstances of Saturday’s blowout win over the Cubs lined up Chase Anderson (pictured below) to step in and pitch on short rest against the Pirates on Wednesday night at Miller Park where we expect them to have a comfortable win; overall record: 299-16-268, +41.38 units


MLB best of the day: Pittsburgh Pirates (68-78, 29-44 away) @ Milwaukee Brewers (76-69, 40-33 home)
Where: Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
When: Thursday, September 14, 10.10am (AET)
Starters: Tyler Glasnow (PIT, 2-6, 7.45 ERA), Chase Anderson (MIL, 9-3, 2.93 ERA)
Prices: Pittsburgh $2.51, Milwaukee $1.61, O/U 8.5

Confirmed bet: Milwaukee -1.5/RL (two units @ $2.33)

TIW says: Chase Anderson will start on short rest for the first time in his career when he takes the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park. Needing to replace Jimmy Nelson, who was originally slated to make the start but was instead lost for the season when he injured his right shoulder last Friday, Brewers manager Craig Counsell has opted to go with Anderson, who threw only 67 pitches over five innings as Milwaukee routed the Cubs on Saturday.

Anderson got off to the best start of his career, going 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA in his first 16 outings. However, he strained a left oblique muscle in a June 28 start against the Cincinnati Reds and spent the next seven weeks on the disabled list. He returned to the rotation on August 20 and has gone 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in five starts since. Anderson is 4-2 with a 3.38 ERA in nine career starts versus the Pirates and won the only meeting this season. 1. The Brewers are the first team since at least 1913 to have seven players with at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases.


Corey Knebel has converted 19 straight save chances and posted a 0.70 ERA in 26 games since the All-Star break. The Brewers have won four of their past five contests to pull within 2.5 games of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central and remain four behind Colorado for the second wild card, but they’re 6-9 against the Pirates this season. The Pirates have lost six of their past seven following a four-game winning streak and are 29-44 on the road. They will send right-hander Tyler Glasnow to the mound for his 13th start of the season and second against the Brewers.

He took the loss against Milwaukee after allowing four runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings on May 7. Glasnow hasn’t thrown a pitch in the big leagues since June 9, when he was tagged for seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits over four innings in a 12-7 loss to the Miami Marlins. He was later optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Glasnow rediscovered his groove at Indianapolis, going 9-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 15 starts. He was brought back to Pittsburgh when rosters expanded on September 1. Andrew McCutchen has reached base in 12 consecutive games against the Brewers and 16 straight at Miller Park.


Other confirmed bets (card finalised)

Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants +1.5 (one unit @ $2.06)
Oakland Athletics @ Boston Red Sox -1.5 (one unit @ $2.09)
Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians -9.5 (one unit @ $1.95)
Colorado Rockies @ Arizona Diamondbacks +9.5 (one unit @ $1.92)
Miami Marlins WIN @ Philadelphia Phillies (one unit @ $2.35)


Today’s other games

New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox @ Kansas City Royals
Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals
Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays
New York Mets @ Chicago Cubs
Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers
San Diego Padres @ Minnesota Twins
Cincinnati Reds @ St. Louis Cardinals
Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Angels


Yesterday’s results: 4-0-2, +2.08 units

Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants +6.5/total (two units @ $1.88) WIN (5-3)
New York Mets @ Chicago Cubs -1.5 (one unit @ $1.75) WIN (3-8)
Detroit Tigers +2.5/RL @ Cleveland Indians (one unit @ $1.83) WIN (0-2)
Atlanta Braves +1.5 @ Washington Nationals (one unit @ $1.74) WIN (8-0)
Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Angels WIN (one unit @ $2.05) LOSE (1-0)
Cincinnati Reds @ St. Louis Cardinals -8.5 (one unit @ $1.95) LOSE (4-13)



• 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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