MLB Betting Picks & Predictions for Thursday - September 7th

MLB Betting Picks & Predictions for Thursday – September 7th

Written by on September 6, 2017

Good news for the Tampa Bay Rays as they try to stay in the wild-card hunt. Their ace, Chris Archer, recently left a game on Saturday with forearm tightness. But Archer has no structural damage. Though the baseball betting odds for Thursday’s games aren’t out yet, you can always start gearing up before it goes off the board. Here are two MLB betting predictions for Thursday.

MLB Betting Picks & Predictions for Thursday – September 7th

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

When: 7:05 PM ETWhere: PNC ParkTV: MLBN (out-of-market only) / CSN-C (Chicago) / ATT SportsNet-PIT (Pittsburgh)Stream: MLB.tvRadio: 670 The Score (Chicago) / KDKA-FM 93.7 (Pittsburgh)MLB Betting Odds: TBAIt’s the series finale between these two. Back in the spring, one of the favorites to be the first MLB manager fired in 2017 was Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle. Well, not only did that not happen but Hurdle and GM Neal Huntington both got extensions through the 2021 season on Tuesday. Both Hurdle and Huntington, who was named the GM in 2007, are in the final guaranteed year of their current contracts. Since taking over the team in 2011, the 60-year- old Hurdle has led the Pirates to three playoff appearances, but none since 2015.The Cubs are awaiting word on an MRI of Jake Arrieta, who has been one of MLB’s best pitchers in the second half. If he’s seriously hurt, Chicago’s chances to repeat as World Series champion is in trouble. Arrieta left Monday’s start against the Pirates with a right hamstring injury. The issue was downplayed after the game, but the Cubs just want to be thorough before deciding on the next step.

Who Will Start Off for Chicago on Thursday?

It’s lefty Jon Lester here for the Cubs. Lester (9-7, 4.46) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four batters through five innings during Saturday’s win over Atlanta.As a matter of fact, Lester had some problems with command in his first start off the disabled list but was sharpest in his last inning, and that’s something to build off. The left-hander has been limited by a 65.8 percent strand rate this year, so his 4.46 ERA is likely to regress down the stretch.Pittsburgh goes with young right-hander Jameson Taillon (7-5, 4.50). Taillon took a no-decision after allowing three hits and one walk with four strikeouts over six innings Saturday vs. the Reds. Taillon is back to doing what he does best: inducing ground-ball outs (nine) and limiting free passes (one). He has been hampered by a .353 BABIP this season despite a 30.4 percent hard contact rate allowed. Taillon is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA over 12 innings in two starts against the Cubs this season.

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Colorado Rockies at LA Dodgers

When: 10:10 PM ETWhere: Dodger StadiumTV: MLBN (out-of-market only) / ATT SportsNet-RM (Colorado) / SportsNet LA (LA)Stream: MLB.tvRadio: 570 LA Sports (Colorado) / 570 LA Sports (LA)MLB Betting Odds: TBAIt’s a series opener between these NL West rivals and the latest-starting game on the schedule. The Dodgers are targeting this weekend's series versus the Rockies for Corey Seager’s (elbow) return to the lineup. Seager began a throwing program at 70 feet on Monday and will continue to progress histhrowing the next few days as he works his way back from inflammation in his right elbow. Seager indicated Monday that he could have surgery over the offseason to repair the problem.Could Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon make history this year? All 33 of his homers this season have come from the leadoff spot. No one has ever hit 40 homers from the leadoff spot in a season, but Blackmon has a chance. Alfonso Soriano has the record, hitting 39 of his 46 homers in 2006 as a leadoff man. Soriano is also second on that list, with 38 in 2002, and tied for third with 35 in 2003 (the others with 35 were Bobby Bonds in 1973 and Brady Anderson in 1996).Are the Rockies a safe MLB Betting Pick against the Dodgers?

Who Will Take the Mound for Los Angeles?

The Dodgers start ace lefty Clayton Kershaw (16-2, 1.95). Kershaw allowed just two hits over six shutout innings and struck out seven to earn the win Friday night against the Padres. In his first game back since a back injury took him out of action July 23, Kershaw was in midseason form. Despite facing a 75-pitch limit, Kershaw easily completed six innings, as he tossed 53 strikes in his 70 pitches and didn’t allow a ball to reach the outfield. His ERA is once again below 2.00 as he now has a legitimate chance to post sub-2.00 ERAs in two consecutive years, just as he did in 2013 and 2014.Colorado’s Jon Gray lost on Saturday after allowing three runs on five hits (one homer) and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings against Arizona. Gray (6-4, 4.26 ERA) has now pitched eight consecutive games with three or fewer earned runs allowed. The 25-year- old surrendered a 449-foot homer to J.D. Martinez in the first inning, which was the 11th barrel he’s given up on the season. Gray has a 3.47 FIP in 80 1/3 innings this year.

Expert MLB Betting Predictions for Thursday

I recommend the under in the Cubs-Pirates games, and you always bet on Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers – especially at home.