Zerillo’s MLB Daily Betting Model, 8/5: Back A’s, Bassitt To Stay Hot in Wild Card Hunt vs. Cubs?
Neville E. Guard, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Chris Bassitt
- Sean Zerillo's MLB model helps you find edges when betting moneylines and over/unders for the full game and first five (F5) innings.
- He analyzes Monday's slate of games, including how to bet Angels-Reds (7:10 p.m. ET) and Athletics-Cubs (8:05 p.m. ET).
- Plug in your odds to the spreadsheet at the bottom of this article to see where you might have an edge.
The Athletics (64-48) and the Cubs (60-51) begin a three-game series in Chicago today, and though the teams aren’t directly in competition with one another for playoff positioning, this is a crucial series for both teams.
The Cubs are just 1.5 games up on the Cardinals and four games ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central, and their two rivals rank first and fourth respectively in the NL Wild Card standings.
The Athletics are only a half-game back of the Rays for the second AL Wild Card spot. Oakland is riding a three-game winning streak, and while they have pulled clear of the Red Sox (who have lost eight straight games) the Rays (6) and Indians (3) are on winning streaks of their own – so the Athletics need to stay hot in order to keep pace.