May 22nd, 2018 MLB Betting Tips

Posted: May 22, 2018

A 2-0 record last night. That felt good after the recent string of .500 days.

We did it behind the Twins who defeated the Tigers 4-2. This one had me nervous for a bit, but the Detroit bullpen eventually crumbled as I hoped it would. Jose Berrios threw eight innigns with nine strikeouts and just three hits allowed. A great start by him and a nice win for us.

The Yankees -1.5 were our other play and they did what I’ve been waiting for this year, put up six runs on four homers against Bartolo Colon. I respect the hell out of the guy, but when you are facing power bats like Aaron Judge, Neil Walker and Gleyber Torres, you know what’s going to happen.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds Betting Tips:

Matt Harvey has not looked good this season. He had the decent start his first time out as a Red, but both of his starts have only seen him last four innings and he got tagged for three runs his last time out. He has a 6.17 ERA/5.05 FIP on the year and the Pirates have been one of the top offenses against righties this season with a .749 OPS.

Jameson Taillon has burned us before, but he has three straight starts with 2 runs or less allowed. He draws a great match-up against the Reds who have just a .680 OPS against righties. There is risk here, but I like the Pirates a lot today.

Bet Pirates -135 at:

Houston Astros vs. San Francisco Giants Betting Tips:

I am loving the Astros in this match-up against the Giants’ Andrew Suarez. He has a 4.88 ERA/4.48 FIP and he’s allowed at least one homerun in his past four starts. The Astros have a .757 OPS against lefties and have some really dangerous right handed hitters in their lineup. I think they do well today.

Gerrit Cole is on the mound and while the Giants hit righties well, this is Cole we’re talking about. A 1.75 ERA/1.95 FIP with nearly 14 strikeouts per game, he’s been unhittable this season and I could see a big game from him. For those playing FanDuel, he’s my top starter on the market today. For us bettors, lay the runs.

Bet Astros -1.5 (-130) at:

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Tips:

Mike Leake has had some rough starts this year as evidenced by his 6.00 ERA/4.90 FIP on the year. He’s allowed homers in six of his nine starts and faces an Athletics team that has a .768 OPS against righties.

Trevor Cahill doesn’t fare much better. His overall stats are decent, but he’s allowed three runs in each of his road games this year, allowing a homerun in all three. This is definitely carrying over from last year where he had a 1.83 ERA at home and a 7.17 ERA on the road. The Mariners have a .740 OPS against righties this year and Nelson Cruz is getting healthy.

This just feels like a great spot for an over. Both pitchers have blow out potential and both offenses are potent. Let’s do it.

Bet Athletics/Mariners Over 8.5 at:

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