MLB Picks, Predictions and Pitching Matchups for Monday July 18th

The MLB Pitching matchups for Monday July 18th are all set as teams start a new series to begin the week. The major league baseball race to the pennant is underway and the contenders are separating from the pretenders.

Here is a preview along with predictions of some of the best matchups of the day.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs

The Philadelphia Phillies are the favorites to win the World Series and are playing like the best team in baseball. This is bad news for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs have had trouble stringing wins together and now they will face the best team in baseball with arguably the best pitcher in baseball.

Halladay Takes on the Cubs

Roy Halladay is making his first start since pitching two perfect innings in last week’s All-Star Game. The extra rest figures to help deep in the season, as he leads the league in innings pitched. He threw seven scoreless innings June 10 against the Cubs.

Rodrigo Lopez is 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA in five starts with the Cubs. In his last outing before the break, he gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings against the Pirates. He did face the Phillies earlier but that was in relief.

The baseball betting trends favor Philadelphia in this game.

The Phillies are 40-15 in Halladay’s last 55 starts, 14-3 in Halladay’s last 17 starts during game 1 of a series, and 39-19 in their last 58 against a team with a losing record.

The Cubs are 22-52 in their last 74 games against a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15 and 13-28 in their last 41 home games when playing a team with a winning road record. The Cubs are overmatched and if the Phillies are focused, this could be a shutout for Halladay.

MLB Free Pick: Philadelphia Phillies

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The New York Yankees travel from Canada to Florida for their next series as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

A.J. Burnett’s perplexing first half is now behind him, ending with a three-hit, three-run outing on July 9 in the game that Derek Jeter recorded his 3,000th career hit. His last five starts before that went loss-win-loss-win-loss, with a 3.51 ERA.

Burnett will oppose youngster Alex Cobb for the rays. The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill Wade Davis’ spot in the rotation. Cobb is 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts for Tampa Bay this season.

The sports betting trends reveal some interesting numbers. The Yankees are 8-23 in Burnetts last 31 starts during game one of a series and 1-4 in Burnetts last five starts against the Rays.

The Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 games as a home underdog of +110 to +150 and they will get the win in game one against the Bronx Bombers.

MLB Free Pick: Tampa Bay Rays

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