May 14th, 2021 MLB Betting Tips

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Five MLB System picks for May 14th, 2021.

2-1 on Wednesday.

All MLB tips based on the starting pitchers listed. Tips should be considered void if any pitching changes are made unless otherwise noted. Occasionally the “follower” will be listed as we are betting on who will pitch the bulk of the innings.

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San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Tips:

Pitcher FIP HR/9+ K%+ BB%+ Bullpen FIP-
Team wRC+
Rank BP FIP- L14
wRC+ L14
Rank
Kevin Gausman 3 94 106 82 98 11 106 19
PIT 83 61 101 93 83 27 69 30
Miguel Yajure 4.87
(Projection)
125 83 101 101 14 98 14
SFG 101 117 112 113 101 9 112 8

The Giants offense has been heating up of late and I really like this match-up against Yajure. He got hit hard in his first start and he looks to have the kind of strikeout/walk numbers that we like to target.

Gausman is nothing to get excited about, but he is against this offense. The Pirates have just a 61 wRC+ over the past two weeks and haven’t been great against righties this season. The Giants are worth a 5-inning bet.

Pick: Bet Giants -0.5

Canada: Best Odds: 1.47 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
USA: Best Odds: -140 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
Everyone Else: Best Odds: 1.47 at Bet365 – Get Bet Credits
(Odds correct as of 2021/05/14 12:58:31 PM EST but are subject to change.)

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles Betting Tips:

Pitcher FIP HR/9+ K%+ BB%+ Bullpen FIP-
Team wRC+
Rank BP FIP- L14
wRC+ L14
Rank
Corey Kluber 3.92 112 97 81 82 2 81 1
BAL   90 99 87 88 24 99 16
Dean Kremer 5.22 157 98 133 103 17 101 16
NYY   117 99 136 100 12 108 10

Corey Kluber has been solid to start the year with a 3.06 ERA/3.92 FIP. He draws a great match-up here against the Orioles who have just a 79 wRC+ against right-handed pitching.

The Orioles send Dean Kremer who has a 2.08 HR/9 rate early. That is not the kind of numbers you want to have against this Yankees offense. He’s faced the Yankees twice this season and given up nine runs in just 7.1 innings. I don’t see things getting better here today.

Pick: Bet Yankees -0.5 First 5 Innings

Canada: Best Odds: 1.8 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
USA: Best Odds: -125 at Bovada – $750 Welcome Bonus
Everyone Else: Best Odds: 1.55 at Bet365 – Get Bet Credits
(Odds correct as of 2021/05/14 12:58:31 PM EST but are subject to change.)

Chicago Cubs at Detroit Tigers Betting Tips:

Pitcher FIP HR/9+ K%+ BB%+ Bullpen FIP-
Team wRC+
Rank BP FIP- L14
wRC+ L14
Rank
Jake Arrieta 4.63 114 83 106 117 29 109 22
DET 82 83 122 94 82 29 102 14
Tarik Skubal 8.44 161 105 128 118 30 123 28
CHC 97 105 115 104 97 14 108 10

Tarik Skubal has a 5.67 ERA/7.88 FIP in seven appearances this season with a 3.33 HR/9 rate. The Cubs have been pretty solid against lefties and I think they will do well against him today.

Arrieta is a pretty average pitcher going against a below average offense. The Tigers have just an 82 wRC+ on the season. I think he’ll do well here.

Pick: Bet Cubs -0.5 First 5 Innings

Canada: Best Odds: 2.15 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
USA: Best Odds: +110 at Bovada – $750 Welcome Bonus
Everyone Else: Best Odds: 1.80 at Bet365 – Get Bet Credits
(Odds correct as of 2021/05/14 12:58:31 PM EST but are subject to change.)

Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers Betting Tips:

Pitcher FIP HR/9+ K%+ BB%+ Bullpen FIP-
Team wRC+
Rank BP FIP- L14
wRC+ L14
Rank
Drew Smyly 7.34 155 104 113 112 26 117 25
MIL   100 118 93 83 27 78 28
Adrian Houser 4.08 110 91 104 93 8 94 12
ATL   131 105 99 97 14 77 29

Milwaukee is at home here and they have been very good against lefties on the season. It’s a small sample, but Smyly has been hit hard early. He has a 6.12 ERA/7.34 FIP in five starts this season. Walks and homeruns have been a problem, and he’s actually gotten lucky with a high BABIP. The Brewers offense is looking good here.

The Braves are scary as an offense, but they have actually been cold of late with just a 77 wRC+ over the past two weeks.

Pick: Bet Brewers Moneyline

Canada: Best Odds: 1.78 at SportsBetting.ag- 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
USA: Best Odds: -128 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
Everyone Else: Best Odds: 1.74 at Bet365 – Get Bet Credits
(Odds correct as of 2021/05/14 12:58:31 PM EST but are subject to change.)

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros Betting Tips:

Pitcher FIP HR/9+ K%+ BB%+ Bullpen FIP-
Team wRC+
Rank BP FIP- L14
wRC+ L14
Rank
Wes Benjamin 5.92
(Projection)
158 75 126 106 20 101 16
HOU   107 79 92 118 1 136 1
Zack Greinke 4.31 119 95 60 105 19 106 19
TEX   111 110 94 101 9 113 5

This is one of the most lopsided match-ups in the system today.

The Astros are killing lefties this season with a 115 wRC+. Wes Benjamin has a career 4.82 ERA/5.03 FIP with a huge walk rate and a low groundball rate. The Astros are dangerous as always and I think they should hit him hard here.

You know what you’re getting with Zack Greinke. I think he does well.

Pick: Bet Astros -0.5 First 5 Innings

Canada: Best Odds: 1.71 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
USA: Best Odds: -140 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
Everyone Else: Best Odds: 1.43 at Bet365 – Get Bet Credits
(Odds correct as of 2021/05/14 12:58:31 PM EST but are subject to change.)

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