|Angels have lost eight straight to Houston, but are on 6-game win streak.|
Phillies (+240) at Pirates (-300)
Rotation: Eflin/Cole, Nola/Glasnow, Velasquez/Taillon
Notes: The Pirates are only three games out of a wild card spot and have to take advantage of teams like Philly if they want postseason play for the fourth straight year. They've won 11 of the past 14 meetings including a sweep at PNC Park in June.
Series pick: Pirates
Padres (+320) at Nationals (-400)
Rotation: Perdoma/Roark, Jackson/Scherzer, Friedrich/undecided
Notes: These teams split a four-game series in San Diego last month with all four games going OVER the total. Washington should get a quick leg up on the series Friday behind Tanner Roark. The Nats have won eight of his last nine starts, including the last four. The Padres have lost seven of their last 10 at Nationals Park.
Series pick: Nationals
Diamondbacks (+105) at Reds (-125)
Rotation: Bradley/Straily, Ray/Sampson, Godley/Finnegan
Notes: Arizona has lost 15 of its last 19 games while the Reds have won four of six during their current homestand, winning series against Milwaukee and Atlanta. The only positive for Arizona this weekend is being on the road where they are 23-20 (+8.6 units). Still, the D'Backs have packed it in. Arizona's best shot at a win will be Saturday behind Robbie Ray.
Series pick: Reds
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