It was a great day yesterday betting Major League Baseball as we found a bunch of winners, including a couple of big outright money line underdog wins. The Seattle Mariners continued their tear as betting underdogs, as they won for the 15th time this season getting juice, when they held off the Texas Rangers 5-4 in a battle between American League West rivals. The other big underdog win came to us from San Francisco, as the Giants took care of business on their home field, knocking off the San Diego Padres 5-4.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) May 8, 2021
Today, we have a full slate of Major League Baseball action on tap, with 15 games set to be played. Highlights include the Padres and Giants rematching in the Bay Area, the Rays and the A’s battling out west, and the freeway series between the Angels and the Dodgers from the City of Angels. As always, we are right here with you today, bringing the value, with everyone’s favorite way to play, the parlay! Let’s get started!
Money Line Parlay
Not all parlays are the same. In this first section, we are going to focus on money line parlays. The money line is your most basic way to bet on a baseball game. Because baseball has so few runs scored, we don’t see a point spread on a game like we do with the NFL and the NBA; rather, MLB betting offers a money line bet. With a money line bet, if you want to bet the favorite, you have to lay odds, and if you want to bet the underdog, the book will lay you odds. One example would be the New York Yankees as -200 betting favorites. That means you win $100 for every $200 that you bet on New York if the Yankees win. If you want to take an underdog, an example would be The Seattle Mariners +200. That means for every $100 you bet, you would win $200 if Seattle comes in.
Tampa Bay Rays (-137) at Oakland Athletics
Yesterday we backed the Oakland Athletics and cashed the ticket when Seth Brown walked it off in the bottom on the 9th with a game-winning solo shot bomb. Today, we are going to switch sides and jump on the Rays to even up this series at a game apiece, with their ace, Tyler Glasnow getting the start. Glasnow has been excellent all season long for Tampa Bay, and at 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA with 64 Ks in 43.2 innings pitched, and he is one of the leading candidates in the AL for the Cy Young Award. Glasnow has made 1 start against the A’s this year, and he dazzled, as he worked 7 innings, without allowing even a single run, and stuck out 10.
Go pitch pic.twitter.com/DCIKBVdhZI
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 8, 2021
Oakland will attempt to answer Glasnow with Frankie Montas. Montas had had a lot of ups and downs this season, and he hasn’t been overly sharp in his last couple of outings. In his last 3 starts, Montas has given up a total of 12 earned runs in just 16 innings pitched. One of those starts came against these Rays, and he was charged with a hard-luck loss when he pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 earned runs. This game feels a lot like last night’s game, as it is going to be lower scoring and tightly contested. But I just can’t resist being able to back Tyler Glasnow at such a reasonable price. Tampa Bay had won 5 straight games before dropping game one of this series last night, and I see them getting right back on track behind a strong outing from Tyler Glasnow.
Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians (-125)
I backed the Cleveland Indians yesterday because I felt that Zack Plesac was going to be able to shut down the Red’s bats. And he did just that, as he tossed 8 shutout innings. Normally a starting performance like that is going to be plenty to win you a bet, but unfortunately for us, Red’s starter Wade Miley was even better, as Miley went out and threw a no-hitter against the Tribe! The game was 0-0 until the 9th inning when Cleveland reliever Emmanuel Clase came in and promptly gave the game away. I see the Indians having a lot more success at the plate today, with Luis Castillo getting the nod for the Big Red Machine. Castillo has been mostly awful this year for Cincinnati, as he is 1-4 with a 6.07 ERA. The Reds have lost 5 of his 6 starts this season, including his last 4 straight.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 8, 2021
We saw what Zach Plesac was able to do against the Reds lineup yesterday, and I think that Aaron Civale is going to be just as good. Civale is 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA, and Cleveland is 5-1 in his 6 starts this year. The Reds pitching staff hasn’t allowed a run in their last 2 games, with back-to-back shutouts, and I think they are going to have a letdown game tonight on the road. It is always hard to stay up after a huge performance like a no-hitter, and I just don’t trust Luis Castillo. I’ll lay a little wood and back the Indians, who were red-hot before dropping game 1 last night.
Boston Red Sox (-140) at Baltimore Orioles
This is a strange number. While I enjoy rooting for the plucky underdog Orioles, and this team does give a full effort each game, the Boston Red Sox are absolutely smashing teams right now, and I am shocked that this line is so tight. Garrett Richards certainly doesn’t blow my hair back at this point in his career, but he has been solid recently, allowing just 2 total earned runs in his last 2 starts combined. And on the road this year, Richards has actually been great, with a 1.64 ERA in 4 starts. And when you look at the Orioles, they are going with rookie Zac Lowther, who has a whopping 1 inning of Big League experience under his belt. The Red Sox have the best record in all of baseball, and no team has scored more runs than this Boston lineup. I am afraid of what they might do to rookie Zac Lawther in this one and will take advantage of what is a tragically mispriced line.
Money Line Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Tampa Bay Rays -137
- Cleveland Indians -125
- Boston Red Sox -140
$100 Bet Wins $434
Game Total Parlay
The game total bet, commonly known as an over/under bet, is when you bet on how many total runs will be scored in a game. These totals tend to range from 7 or 8 runs on the low end, up to 12 to 13 runs on the high end, and you have to pay juice on both sides of the action. A typical totals bet would be, for example, 8 total runs with -110 juice on the over or the under. If the teams combine to score 9 runs or more, the book pays out the over bets, if the game comes in at 7 runs or less the books pay the under bets, and if the total lands right at 8 runs, all bets push.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels Over 8 Runs (-110)
Another day, another over bet in the Los Angeles Angels game. Yesterday, the game between the Dodgers and the Angels didn’t go the way I thought it would, but it didn’t matter for our total bet, as the over still came in with little sweat. That is the beauty of taking the over in Angels games, as you are never out of your bet, as the Angels bats are ferocious, and their pitching staff is laughable. I don’t usually make a habit of taking overs in games where Clayton Kershaw is pitching very often, but Kersh is coming off of one of the worst outings of his career, as he lasted just a single inning against the Chicago Cubs before getting hammered for 4 runs his last time out. This series has fireworks written all over it, and while I am not sure which team is going to do most of the scoring, I do feel that a lot of runs are going to hit the board before all is said and done.
Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets Over 8 Runs (-110)
As often as I bet the overs in Angels games, I take the overs in DBacks games even more! Arizona has a similar situation as LA, as they have a hard-hitting lineup and weak pitching. Our over bet in game 1 of this series came in last night, as the teams exploded for 5 runs in the game’s first 3 innings, and the over came in by the 7th inning. I will jump on the over again today as this game could get out of hand. Joey Lucchesi has made 4 appearances for the Mets this season, and he has been dreadfully bad. Lucchesi has yet to work more than 3 innings in any appearance, and he has gotten obliterated for 12 earned runs in just 8.2 innings pitched as a starter. Arizona might go over this total all on their own, but they likely won’t have to, as their starter, Merrill Kelly, has been bad too, with an ERA approaching 6 runs. This one goes over, and it might go WAY over.
Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers Over 9 Runs (-110)
Talk about fireworks, we might see an explosion today in Arlington! The Mariners and the Rangers both have fairly weak offenses, which makes taking the over in this game a bit of a precarious proposition, but when you take a look at the starting pitching matchup between Ljay Newsome and Kohei Arihara, you know that both of these guys are capable of getting shelled. Arihara hasn’t made it out of the 3rd inning in either of his last 2 starts, getting bombed for 11 earned runs, and Ljay Newsome has only made 1 start this year, and all he did was give up 8 earned runs in 2 innings. These lineups are weak, but with a couple of bums on the mound, the over won’t be in doubt.
Game Total Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels Over 8 Runs -110
- Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets Over 8 Runs -110
- Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers Over 9 Runs -110
$100 Bet Wins $600
The Daily Dog
Do you want a chance at jumbo payouts? The best way to stack the cash fast is by parlaying underdogs! You can find high-value underdogs on the board basically every day betting Major League Baseball, and there is no way to win faster than by parlaying a couple of dogs together and getting paid.
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants (+120)
When I backed the San Francisco Giants yesterday, I noted that they had the best home record in all of baseball this year. The G-Men have done a remarkable job of winning games at Oracle Park and getting them as home dogs seemed like a high-value spot. That bet came in, and I will dip back into that honey hole again today and again take the Giants as home underdogs. Kevin Gausman is enjoying a career renaissance at age 30, as he has been light’s out for the Giants this season. Gausman has allowed 1 earned run or fewer in 5 of his 6 starts, and after losing his 1st start of the season, San Francisco has won 4 out of his last 5 outings. Against the Padres this year, Gausman has been even better, with a 1.38 ERA in 2 starts against the Friars.
Today’s #SFGiants lineup vs. Padres.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 8, 2021
The Padres will start Joe Musgrove, hoping that he can be much better than he was in his last start, which just happened to come against these very same Giants. In that start, Musgrove got lit up for 6 runs in 5 innings, and the Padres got blown out. Before that start, Musgrove was looking like an All-Star with a 1.24 ERA. Musgrove has pitched well this season, but for whatever reason, the Padres don’t win when he pitches, as they have lost 3 of his last 4 starts. We have some strong trends going in both directions here, and that adds up to another home dog play on the Giants.
Arizona Diamondbacks (+128) at New York Mets
The Arizona Diamondbacks should have won yesterday. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and despite a strong start from Zach Gallen, the bullpen gave the game away late. The DBacks are going to try and shake that disappointment off today, and with Joey Lucchesi getting the nod for the Mets, that is exactly what I think that they will do. This game has slugfest written all over it, and with the Met’s weak bats, I never want to be on their side if a game is going to be high scoring. I can’t possibly imagine a situation where Joey Lucchesi should be a big favorite against a quality team like the Arizona Diamondbacks, and I will make my play as a straight fade of the Mets with a bad starter going in Joey Lucchesi.
The Daily Dog Money Line Parlay
- Teams Odds
- San Francisco Giants +120
- Arizona Diamondbacks +128
$100 Bet Wins $402
Get Rich Or Die Trying
In this final section, we are going to go for the jumbo payouts! These are your lottery ticket types of plays that aren’t going to come in all that often but pay off big time when they do. A wise man once said, if you don’t swing hard, you never hit any home runs. Well, in this section, we swing for the fences!
Minnesota Twins -1.5 Runs (-108) at Detroit Tigers
As bad as the Minnesota Twins have been this year, and boy have they been bad, they are still considerably better than the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are currently the worst team in baseball, and they are getting blown out on a regular basis. In this game, where they are going to face Twin’s starter Jose Berrios, who can be very good when he is on his game, and I think they continue their trend of getting embarrassed. Jose Urena has actually been decent this year for Detroit, but it hasn’t mattered, as they are 1-5 in his 6 starts, and all 5 of those losses have come by multiple runs. The Twins are going to punish the Tigers today and run up the score along the way. I don’t take many run line bets, but free money is free money.
Chicago White Sox (-175) at Kansas City Royals
This was yet another winner from yesterday, as I didn’t think that the Royals were going to be able to do much against White Sox starter Carlos Rodon. And not at all surprisingly, they weren’t able to get much going against Rodon, as he threw 6 shutout innings, and the White Sox coasted to an easy victory. I don’t think the Royals are going to be much better today against White Sox starter Lance Lynn. Lynn has a 1.82 ERA for the South Siders and is looking every bit like the ace that White Sox thought they were getting when they brought him in during the offseason.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 8, 2021
Chicago is 11-5 in their last 16 games going back to last month, and the Royals have now lost 6 straight games. KC will start prospect Daniel Lynch, who will be making only his 2nd ever Big League appearance today, and it seems like cruel and unusual punishment for the Royals to feed him to wolves today against his potent White Sox lineup. Lynch got beaten up by the noddle bat swinging Cleveland Indians in his first MLB start, and it could get ugly today at home for the former 1st round draft pick.
Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros (-150)
Cristian Javier might be the best pitcher in the American League that nobody is talking about right now. Javier nearly took home the Rookie of the Year Award last season, finishing 3rd when he posted a very respectable 3.48 ERA, and this year, he has been better in basically every way imaginable. His ERA is down at 1.75, as are his walks, and his K rate is up at an impressive 10.5 K/9. Prior to his last start, Javier had gone 3 straight starts without allowing even a single run. Javier is an elite pitcher, but the books haven’t caught on yet, as he is still being priced conservatively. Steven Matz looked like a new man in his first couple of starts with his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays, but the wheels have fallen off for him recently, as he has gotten hammered for 11 earned runs in his last 2 starts. This is Houston’s game to lose. Give me the Astros as home field favorites.
Seattle Mariners (-105) at Texas Rangers
Yesterday when I took the Seattle Mariners, I mentioned how great both the Mariners and the Rangers have been as underdogs this year. These squads are currently tried for the most underdog wins in MLB. Interestingly enough, both of these teams have been awful when favored, as they are a combined 2-5 when betting favorites. So, I backed the dogs, which just happened to be Seattle, as these teams can’t be trusted as favorites. In game 2, I will use the logic of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and again back the underdog. The Rangers are 0-3 as favorites this year, and they should not be favored against this Mariner’s team that continues to overachieve.
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves (-165)
I am a big Ian Anderson fan. This kid is one of the most promising young pitchers in the game, and he has been a favorite play of mine this year. He cashed 4 tickets in a row for me before struggling a bit his last time out and getting charged with his 1st loss of the season. The Braves are 3-0 in Atlanta when Anderson starts, and they are going to run that undefeated record to 4-0 today, as they are going to snap the Phillies 5-game winning streak. Back the Braves.
Get Rich Or Die Trying Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Minnesota Twins -1.5 Runs -108
- Chicago White Sox -175
- Houston Astros -150
- Seattle Mariners -105
- Atlanta Braves -165
$100 Bet Wins $1,482
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