Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox
With so much still at stake for the Baltimore Orioles, they should capture a home win against the Boston Red Sox on Friday. Orioles hurler Chris Tillman has been solid this season. He’s 8-2 with a 3.08 ERA and is coming off a fine performance against these Red Sox in which he threw six innings, allowing just one run on six hits and a walk. He also struck out four batters.
Boston counter with Aaron Cook, who Baltimore have hit well all season; in three starts against Boston, Cook is 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA. There's no reason to believe that trend will end in this one. Go with the Orioles, who are still competing in both the American League East and Wild Card races, instead of the Red Sox, who are completely out of the play-off picture.
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
Though the hometown St. Louis Cardinals will be amped up for this contest against the Washington Nationals, the match-up favors the visitors. While St. Louis are clinging to a small lead for the final Wild Card spot and the Nationals are cruising into the play-offs, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright is off his game. After a strong August (5-1 with a 2.75 ERA), Wainwright has faltered down the stretch; he has a 0-2 record with a 4.88 ERA in September. He was also crushed in his only meeting with Washington earlier this season, giving up six runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Nationals starter Edwin Jackson may not have his full line-up behind him – manager Davey Johnson has said he’ll rest some of his starters in preparation for the play-offs – but the right-hander is rounding into form. In his last outing against the Milwaukee Brewers, he went 8 innings, giving up one run on six hits. In contrast to Wainwright, Jackson threw well in his only appearance against his opposition in this game. He allowed zero earned runs in 8 innings striking out ten in a win against the Cardinals on August 30. Pick the Nationals at 2.20 to win over the Cardinals at 1.67.