Great news for the Philadelphia Phillies as they will welcome back two-time NL MVP Bryce Harper from a broken wrist on Friday. He has been out two months and should assure the Phils earn a Wild-Card spot. No plays on the Phillies this weekend, but here are two others for your MLB betting.
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Braves at Cardinals, SaturdayThis could be a playoff preview as both are going to make it – the Braves either as NL East champions or a Wild-Card team and the Cardinals most likely as NL Central champions.Entering this series (Friday), the Braves had won nine straight road games, the longest such away streak for the franchise since it won a team-record 13-straight road games July 29-August 22 of last season. That streak included sweeping a nine-game road trip through Washington (three games), Miami (three games) and Baltimore (three games), August 13-August 22. Atlanta is now 36-24 away from Truist Park this season. Only the Dodgers are better.The Braves are also 20-10 vs. the NL Central this season after they went 22-12 in 2021. Since 2018, when the Braves started a string of four consecutive division titles, Atlanta is 80-49 against the NL Central, the best record of any NL team.It’s veteran right-hander Charlie Morton (6-5, 3.99 ERA) on the mound Saturday. Morton allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings against Houston last Sunday. He struck out 11 batters and did not factor in the decision. Morton was locked into a duel with Jose Urquidy, and Atlanta wasn’t able to put together enough offense in the loss. The only damage against Morton was Yordan Alvarez’s two-run single in the third frame. Morton has racked up 118 strikeouts through 86 innings since the start of June, good for a 12.3 K/9. On the year, he’s sporting a 164:47 K:BB with a 3.99 ERA.Lefty Jordan Montgomery (7-3), a trade acquisition from the Yankees, starts for the Cards. Montgomery (7-3) earned the win with a complete-game shutout against the Cubs on Monday. He allowed only one hit, didn’t walk any batters and struck out seven. Montgomery faced only one batter above the minimum in the victory, with a Christopher Morel double in the third inning accounting for the only baserunner against him. He completed nine innings on only 99 pitches, 65 of which were strikes, and racked up 14 swings-and-misses. Montgomery is 4-0 since the trade from New York, allowing only one run over 25.2 innings while posting a 24:3 K:BB.Cardinals DH Albert Pujols is seven home runs away from his 700th career home run, which would land him among Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron and Babe Ruth as the only players to reach the milestone. He doesn’t start all that often against right-handers so he might not here.
Guardians at Mariners, SundayMariners manager Scott Servais said he’s hopeful of getting Sam Haggerty back in the lineup this weekend. Haggerty did come off the bench for defensive purposes late in Wednesday’s loss to the Nationals but he hasn’t started a game in nearly a week due to an isolated deltoid strain in his left shoulder. The 28-year-old was enjoying a tremendous second half before he suffered that injury.First baseman Ty France was removed from Thursday’s game against the Guardians in the second inning due to an apparent injury. France flied out to left field in his only plate appearance on the afternoon. He looked to be in quite a bit of discomfort after stretching for a ball at first base during the top half of the second inning, then was seen heading into the clubhouse with the training staff. Monitor that. France was great in the first half of the season but has really been struggling.Earlier this week, AL Rookie of the Year favorite Julio Rodríguez hit his 20th home run of the season to record the 10th individual season in Mariners history with 20+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases. Rodriguez became just the 9th player in MLB history to reach the 20/20 club at age 21-or-younger, joining Vada Pinson (2x, 1959-60), Orlando Cepeda (1959), César Cedeño (1972), Alex Rodriguez (1997), Andruw Jones (1998), Justin Upton (2009), Mike Trout (2x, 2012-13) and Ronald Acuña Jr. (2019). Julio is the 11th rookie to record a 20/20 season.Reigning AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray (10-8) is scheduled to start here. Ray yielded one run on two hits over 6 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Nationals. Ray was in complete command and had allowed just one hit through six innings before Joey Meneses knocked him for a solo homer to lead off the seventh. Rays has a 3.75 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 175/53 K/BB ratio (25 starts; 148 2/3 innings).Cleveland counters with Aaron Civale (2-5). Civale allowed a run on four hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out four in 4.2 innings, taking a no-decision versus the Padres on Tuesday. Civale wasn’t very efficient, throwing just 50 of 95 pitches for strikes. He was relieved by Nick Sandlin for the final out of the fifth inning, denying Civale a chance at his first win since May 20. The right-hander has allowed four runs across 14.2 innings through three starts since returning from a wrist injury. He has a 5.37 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 70:18 K:BB through 68.2 innings across 15 starts overall.
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- Under the total in both games