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We are heading into the final week of the MLB regular season and it looks to be an exciting one. In both leagues, there are still seeding and playoff spots implications. Both games today feature two teams that still have both of these on the line in these crucial games. Here are the best bets for Monday.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals
6:05 P.M. EST
The Phillies are clinging to the seventh seed in the National League but have the opportunity to move up as they’re four games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves and just a game behind the second-place Miami Marlins. The reigning champion Washington Nationals will not get the chance to defend their title as they’ve been eliminated from the playoffs.
Zack Wheeler has been arguably one the best pitchers fo the Phillies and in his last start against Washington, he pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed just three hits. Anibal Sanchez has struggled this year and did the same in his September 3 start against the Phillies where he gave up three earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings.
Every game is important for Philadelphia in a very tight National League playoff picture. The Phillies have the better team and the better pitcher going.
Best Bet: Philadelphia Phillies (-162)
Best Prop Bet: Which team will score first? (Philadelphia Phillies -209)
St Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals
8:05 P.M. EST
The Cardinals are currently holding onto the sixth-seed in the National League playoff race with both the Brewers and Reds just a game behind for the second-place spot in the National League Central. The Kansas City Royals are just riding out the season for this last week as they have the third-worst record in the American League.
The Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright has turned back the clock as the 38-year-old has pitched complete games in two of his last four starts. Carlos Hernandez will pitch his second career start for the Royals as he went three innings and gave up three runs (all solo home runs) against the Pirates in his first start on September 12.
This veteran Cardinals team knows these games are crucial and no one knows that better than Wainwright, I’ll take him and St. Louis against a rookie pitcher.
Best Bet: St. Louis Cardinals (-162)
Best Prop Bet: Which team will score the first run (St. Louis Cardinals -209)
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