September 17th, 2021 MLB Betting Tips

Four MLB System tips for September 17th, 2021.

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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Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets Betting Tips:

Pitcher FIP- HR/9+ K%+ BB%+ Bullpen FIP-
Team wRC+
Rank BP FIP- L14
wRC+ L14
Rank
Zack Wheeler 61 60 124 61 106 25 136 24
NYM   88 106 92 96 16 119 5
Taijuan Walker 107 117 98 94 99 12 130 23
PHI   98 103 102 95 17 105 12

The System continues to love Zack Wheeler starts and why not? He has a 2.86 ERA/2.67 FIP on the season with outstanding strikeout, homerun, and walk rates. He’s everything we look for in a starter. The Mets have been hot of late, but they have a 96 wRC+ against righties on the season.

Tajuan Walker is a pretty average pitcher, maybe slightly below average. Average rates across the board and a 4.29 ERA/4.46 FIP on the year.

Both of these bullpens stink right now so there is a bit of risk here. I just see Wheeler carrying the load early and the Phillies holding on.

Pick: Bet Phillies Moneyline

USA: Best Odds: -125 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
Everyone Else: Best Odds: 1.8 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
(Odds correct as of 2021/09/17 12:19:04 PM EST but are subject to change.)

Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays Betting Tips:

Pitcher FIP- HR/9+ K%+ BB%+ Bullpen FIP-
Team wRC+
Rank BP FIP- L14
wRC+ L14
Rank
Casey Mize 111 114 82 82 104 21 97 10
TBR   110 109 110 108 4 120 4
Luis Patino 114 119 99 112 87 1 122 20
DET   95 111 97 93 20 101 16

Key stat I am looking at here is the HR/9 rates of both of these pitchers and they are not good.

Both starters are below average overall and give up the long ball. Mize has a 1.48 HR/9 rate. Patino has a 1.54 HR/9 rate.

The Rays are the much better offense, obviously, but I think the Tigers will do enough to get us to the over.

Pick: Bet Tigers/Rays Over 8.5 Runs

USA: Best Odds: -112 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
Everyone Else: Best Odds: 1.89 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
(Odds correct as of 2021/09/17 12:19:04 PM EST but are subject to change.)

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Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers Betting Tips:

Pitcher FIP- HR/9+ K%+ BB%+ Bullpen FIP-
Team wRC+
Rank BP FIP- L14
wRC+ L14
Rank
Dylan Cease 84 92 134 115 90 4 65 1
TEX   86 101 86 84 28 80 26
Taylor Hearn 118 131 95 106 100 15 105 14
CHW   97 100 113 109 3 104 14

This pick is just White Sox versus a lefty. They have a 115 wRC+ on the season against southpaws and Taylor Hearn is not a guy who is going to move that number down.

Dylan Cease has been very sold this season with a 4.22 ERA/3.66 FIP with a huge strikeout rate. The Rangers offense has just an 86 wRC+ against righties on the season.

Pick: Bet White Sox -0.5 First 5 Innings

USA: Best Odds: -130 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
Everyone Else: Best Odds: 1.76 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
(Odds correct as of 2021/09/17 12:19:04 PM EST but are subject to change.)

San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals Betting Tips:

Pitcher FIP- HR/9+ K%+ BB%+ Bullpen FIP-
Team wRC+
Rank BP FIP- L14
wRC+ L14
Rank
Vince Velasquez 129 153 101 141 94 7 136 24
STL   93 100 88 93 20 100 17
Miles Mikolas 119 112 66 78 99 12 75 3
SDP   93 98 108 98 14 82 24

The Padres bullpen is struggling of late. They have a 136 FIP- over the past two weeks which is just awful. They won’t get much help from their starter here as Velasquez is always hittable. He has a huge homerun rate and a 5.95 ERA/5.59 FIP on the season.

Miles Mikolas gives me some pause, but I think he’s due for a decent start. He has a 5.47 ERA/4.92 FIP in his six starts. The Cardinals bullpen has been excellent of late with a 75 FIP- over the past two weeks.

All games come down to pitching and I am trusting the Cardinals at home a lot more here.

Pick: Bet Cardinals Moneyline

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Everyone Else: Best Odds: 1.81 at BetOnline – 50% to $1000 Welcome Bonus
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