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With the NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup Finals yet to start up, we remain in baseball only season. To some this is a gambling nightmare without the full slate of games to spread their action around. For others, it’s gambling heaven with the sheer amount of games played in a season and the insane amount of statistics at your disposal. I can see both sides of the coin, but for me the best bet is the one that wins. I don’t care what sport it is, as long as it comes up a winner.
Last night was an interesting night in MLB. The Astros continued their winning ways, the Yankees somehow managed to beat up on (King) Felix Hernandez, the Dodgers hits four homeruns as they cruised to a victory, the Brewers upset the Cardinals in a 1-0 game and the Cubs beat up on the Marlins. More impressive though was Jacob deGrom and the Mets shutting out the Padres. This was deGrom’s third straight start with 8 or more strikeouts and no walks. The Mets pitching is for real and I just don’t see it going away. Despite everything that has happened over the past couple of years, the Mets are contenders.
The big news in baseball today is the Rangers calling up top prospect Joey Gallo to play third base while Adrian Beltre is injured. Joey Gallo is one of the top hitting prospects in all of baseball and he could be a potentially huge bat for years to come.
There are no true marquee match-ups tonight, but as always in baseball there is opportunity. Let’s take a deeper look at some games and pick some winners.
MLB Betting Tips:
Speaking of the Mets pitching being for real, I present to you: Noah Syndergaard. 2-1 in his last three starts with a 1.86 ERA and a WHIP of just 0.879. He hasn’t fared as well on the road, but I think Petco Park’s dimension will make up for that. Plus, Ian Kennedy has just looked terrible of late with a 7.15 ERA on the season and a whopping 9.70 ERA at home. The Mets -114 is a gift from the gambling gods. Take it.
Today will go down in history as the day that Joey Gallo debuted, but that doesn’t mean much to bookmakers who have the Rangers as a slight underdog against Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox. While Samardzija is probably a better pitcher than Colby Lewis at this point, you just can’t discount the way the Rangers have been hitting the ball thus far this season. Power is the great equalizer and give me the home dog, Rangers +111.
The Brewers looked like a team that wasn’t the absolute worst in the league last night against the Cardinals, but that was simply a one-night stand. Tonight, they will turn back into a pumpkin as they start Tyler Cravy in his major league debut. Cravy is a decent prospect, having dominated the Southern League a year ago, but the Cardinals are a different story. His 4.04 ERA in Triple-A this season does not bode well for his future in St. Louis tonight. Over 7.5 runs seems like a safe bet.