San Diego Padres’ Jake Cronenworth celebrates in the dugout after his home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
- Saturday, July 17th sees Blake Snell and the Padres take on Patrick Corbin and the Nationals, as well as the Astros and White Sox continuing their series
- Nathan Eovaldi also leads the Red Sox against Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees
- See our preview and best bets for Saturday’s MLB action below
Since being pulled in Game 6 of the World Series, things haven’t been looking up for Blake Snell.
An off-season deal from the Rays to the Padres seemed promising. Snell would get a fresh start and the opportunity to pitch deeper into games. Unfortunately for Snell, he has scuffled in San Diego, to the tune of a 4.99 ERA. The worst mark of his career.
But could he turn things around in the half, starting Saturday against the Nationals?
MLB Picks for July 17th
|San Diego Padres vs Washington Nationals||Padres -1.5||+126|
|Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox||Under 9.0||-110|
|Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees||Yankees||-105|
Odds as of July 16
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San Diego Padres vs Washington Nationals
- First pitch at 7:05 pm EST; Nationals Park, Washington
- Blake Snell (3-3, 4.99 ERA) vs Patrick Corbin (6-7, 5.40 ERA)
San Diego pummeled Washington on Friday in the most lopsided game of the night. While the Nats were able to get to Chris Paddack, they had no answer for Jake Cronenworth, who hit for the cycle.
Padres vs Nationals Odds
|San Diego Padres||-1.5 (+126)||-126||Ov 9.0 (-122)|
|Washington Nationals||+1.5 (-150)||+108||Un 11.0 (+100)|
Odds as of July 16th at FanDuel
Cronenworth was getting on base before the All-Star break, as he hit .296 in seven games. But while he was scoring runs (seven) he wasn’t driving them in. Then again neither were Fernando Tatis Jr (2-for-20 before the break) or Manny Machado (2-for-14).
On Friday the three drove in seven runs and scored six times. And they know they’ve got to be good in the second half as they look up at the Giants and Dodgers.
Patrick Corbin just hasn’t been able to find it this season. Granted he held the Friars in check in his last outing before the break, but it’s tough to bank on that again.
The Pick: Padres -1.5 (+126)
Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox
- First pitch at 7:15 pm EST; Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
- Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 3.61 ERA) vs Lucas Giolito (7-6, 4.15 ERA)
After the Astros were able to pull ahead and stay ahead on Friday, the White Sox are looking for revenge. And they’ll do so hoping Lucas Giolito has a strong second half in store.
Astros vs White Sox Odds
|Houston Astros||-1.5 (+160)||-102||Ov 9.0 (-110)|
|Chicago White Sox||+1.5 (-194)||-116||Un 9.0 (-110)|
Odds as of July 16th at FanDuel
Chicago fell to 0-5 against the Astros this year, and they’ve been outscored 34-9 in the process. Jake Odorizzi hasn’t exactly been known for his lengthy outings this season, but he gives Houston what they need. He’ll have that same luxury on Saturday after Lance McCullers gave the bullpen a break.
Lucas Giolito, elevated 82mph Changeup and elevated 95mph Fastball, Overlay pic.twitter.com/QyVlctl1XP
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 22, 2021
Before a blip prior to the All-Star break, Giolito had turned in seven quality starts in eight outings. Houston hitters have logged the fewest strikeouts in the league, so Giolito’s swing-and-miss stuff may not dominate as hoped. If he can’t lead the Sox to their first win against Houston though, he should at least help them keep it close.
The Pick: Under 9.0 (-110)
Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees
- First pitch at 7:15 pm ET; Yankee Stadium, New York
- Nathan Eovaldi (9-5, 3.66 ERA) vs Gerrit Cole (9-4, 2.68 ERA)
Things went from bad to worse for the Yankees in just two days. Not only was their Thursday night game postponed because of Covid complications, but their loss on Friday dropped them to 0-7 against the Sox this season.
Red Sox vs Yankees Odds
|Boston Red Sox||-1.5 (+145)||-115||Ov 8.5 (-115)|
|New York Yankees||+1.5 (-165)||-105||Un 8.5 (-105)|
Odds as of July 16th at DraftKings
It’s pretty unusual for this classic rivalry to be so one-sided. Even Saturday’s starter and ace Gerrit Cole was punished by Boston in his lone start against them. He gave up six runs (five earned) over five innings and three home runs on June 27.
With the win tonight, the Red Sox are 7-0 against the Yankees on the season. 👀
Will NY turn things around? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/B2pgd5C66e
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 17, 2021
On the other side, Eovaldi has given up just two runs in 13.2 innings against New York, striking out 13. He’s been hit for three or more runs in three of his last six starts though, after it happened just four times in his first 12.
Cole had a couple of rocky outings himself, but entered the break with a complete game shutout of the Astros. Shorthanded or not, getting New York’s ace at this price is a steal.
The Pick: Yankees (-105)
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Bryan has spent the last decade working in the sports industry. He can be found conducting sideline interviews for SKY Sports and gathering post-match reactions for BBC. The sportcaster’s broadcasts stream on CBC Sports, Game TV, and Premier TV in the UK.