After a glorious full Saturday of Major League Baseball action yesterday, MLB comes right back today with another action-packed slate of games. What has the first weekend of Major League Baseball told us so far? Well, the Tigers, Royals, and Orioles are all undefeated, and the Braves, Indians, and Athletics have yet to win a game. Just like we all thought it would go, right? We will stay right in the action again today for everyone’s favorite way to play, the parlay of the day. 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.
Cleveland Indians (-130) at Detroit Tigers
I have been critical of the Cleveland Indians this offseason, as I felt that they had a playoff-caliber roster, and instead of making a push for a world title, they instead decided to dump talent. They lost one of the best young players in baseball in Francisco Lindor, and they also saw guys like Carlos Santana and Brad Hand bolt in free agency. I guess the Indians felt that the White Sox and the Twins were just too good for them to really compete, and they decided to start a rebuild despite having a talented roster? Whatever the case may be for Cleveland, they are still much better than they have looked in this series with Detroit.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 4, 2021
The Tigers won’t be a playoff team this season, and they could end up being really bad if a lot of their young guys don’t all take big steps up this year. One of those young guys is today’s starter, Tarik Skubal. Skubal made his Big League debut for the Tigers last year and got roughed up quite a bit with a 5.63 ERA in 8 appearances. At 24 years old, the Tigers are hoping that he is young enough to stick around for the other side of what is sure to be a multi-year rebuild in Motown. I think Cleveland gets off the schneid today and finally wins a game. Aaron Civale is a nice young arm for Cleveland, and after scoring just 2 runs per game in the first couple of games of this series, I expect them to have much more success today in the series finale against the untested Tarik Skubal.
St. Louis Cardinals (-117) at Cincinnati Reds
This has been a high-scoring series so far between the Cardinals and the Reds, as the teams have combined for a whopping 32 runs already! You can expect even more fireworks today in game three as I expect the Cardinals to get after Reds starter Jeff Hoffman early and often. Hoffman was a former first-round draft pick but was never able to live up to that hype pitching in Colorado, as he had a lifetime 6.40 ERA for the Rockies, splitting time between the bullpen and the rotation. Last year he was absolutely awful with a 9.28 ERA. Hoffman really struggles with his command, with an inflated walk rate, and if he starts handing out free passes again today, the Cardinals are going to hammer him.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) April 4, 2021
St. Louis will answer Hoffman with veteran starter Carlos Martinez. St. Louis has experimented with Martinez, shuffling him around their rotation and even giving him a shot as the closer for a while. Last year, Martinez was given a shot to get back into the starting rotation for the Red Birds, and he was dreadfully bad, getting lit up for an 0-3 record with a 9.90 ERA. There are going to be all kinds of runs hitting the board in this one, and I see the Cardinals winning it in a slugfest.
Minnesota Twins (-109) at Milwaukee Brewers
Yesterday we backed the Minnesota Twins as underdogs with Jose Berrios on the mound. I reminded everyone that while Berrios doesn’t get a lot of national media attention, that this guy was a solid pitcher that was the Twins ace not long ago. What did Berrios do? Oh, all he did was go out and throw a 6-inning no-hitter! The Twins combined for a 1-hit shutout of Milwaukee, completely shutting the Brewers down. I want to give Berrios all of the credit for a remarkable performance, but some of that credit has to go to this struggling Brewers lineup as well.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 4, 2021
The Brewers have scored just one earned run against Twins starting pitching in this series, and if it weren’t for a late-inning rally in the series opener where they stole the game late, they would be 0-2. Things aren’t going to get any easier today against Minnesota flamethrower Michael Pineda. Pineda throws as hard as anybody out there, and he had a lot of success last year in limited action for the Twins. I think he mows through this weak Brewers lineup, and the Twins take game three going away.
Money Line Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Cleveland Indians -130
- St. Louis Cardinals -117
- Minnesota Twins -109
$100 Bet Wins $529
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.
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres Over 9 Runs (-110)
The San Diego Padres have been racking up the runs in this series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, scoring an average of 6.5 runs per game through the first three games of the set. It’s hard not to expect them to keep up that hot hitting against DBacks starter Taylor Widener, who will be making his first-ever MLB start. Padres starter Chris Paddack can be really good at times, but after seeing him get lit up in spring training to the tune of a double-digit ERA in 5 spring appearances, I think he is going to be shaky in this one. And to be honest, even if Paddack is great, the Padres could push this one to the over all by themselves.
Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics Under 8.5 Runs (-110)
This is a sneaky good pitching matchup in Houston today. Sean Manaea has been a quality arm for Oakland for several years now, and Jose Urquidy is an emerging force for the Houston Astros. The A’s have really struggled at the dish in this series that has been completely dominated by Houston, and with Urquidy on the bump, I see more struggles on the horizon for an A’s team that just doesn’t have the bats they are accustomed to having this year after losing Marcus Siemian and Khris Davis in the offseason. Assuming that Manaea can slow down this Astros team that has been hammering the ball all weekend long, this game should stay under the total.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies Over 12 Runs (-110)
I have taken the over in this series in each of the last three games, and while the game went under yesterday by a half of a run, I still feel like it was the right play as the teams pounded out a combined 19 hits. In the series finale, the Dodgers finally don’t have an ace on the mound as they will go with World Series hero Julio Urias. Urias is certainly no slouch, but he also isn’t Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, or Trevor Bauer either. Colorado will start Austin Gomber in his debut for the Rockies after coming over from the St. Louis Cardinals, and Gomber is going to get a slap in the face from the reality of having to pitch half of his starts in Coors Field, as the Dodgers are going to hammer him. This one sails over for the 3rd time in four games.
Minnesota Twins at Milwaukee Brewers Under 8 Runs (-110)
I think Michael Pineda is going to shut down the Brewers today. We already backed the Twinkies on the money line, and I will double down on a dominating Pineda performance by also jumping on the under. The Brewers will start Adrian Houser, and while I see Pineda as the better side of this matchup, Houser is no slouch either, as he had a lifetime ERA of well under four runs before struggling last year in COVID-19 land. I am calling this one at a 4-2 final score with the Twins cashing a ticket with the win, and the game staying under.
Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox Over 10 Runs (-110)
Nobody outside of Beantown thinks the Red Sox are going to really stay in competition in the AL East this year, but it is still shocking to see them struggle so badly against the Baltimore Orioles in this series, dropping each of the first two games of the series and scoring just two total runs. I think they bust out of that slump today, though, against rookie Bruce Zimmerman. Zimmerman was really bad last year in very limited action, and I like Boston to give him a rude welcome to the Big Leagues today at Fenway park.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 4, 2021
Journeyman starter Garrett Richards will pitch his first game in Fenway, and he should be decent enough to get the Red Sox into the win column, but he doesn’t have shut down stuff at this point of his career anymore, so you can pencil him in for allowing a couple of runs as well, helping push this game over a high total. Boston isn’t very good this year, but they should have no problem sending Baltimore to their first loss of the season in this game.
St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds Over 9.5 Runs (-110)
Cardinal’s fans have to love what they are seeing out of the middle of their lineup so far this season as Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and Paul DeJong are all tearing the cover off of the ball to start out the season. The Cardinals brought in Arenado to help them get back to the World Series, and the former Rockies great has had multiple hits in both games and has already racked up 3 RBI while sporting a .400 batting average. Carlos Martinez scares me just a little bit, but if this game turns into a slugfest like I think it will, the Cardinals have a lot more firepower than the Reds do, and I see the Cardinals taking the game going away in a high scoring affair.
Game Total Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres Over 9 Runs -110
- Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics Under 8.5 Runs -110
- Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies Over 12 Runs -110
- Minnesota Twins at Milwaukee Brewers Under 8 Runs -110
- Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox Over 10 Runs -110
- St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds Over 9.5 Runs -110
$100 Bet Wins $4,000
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 everyday betting Major League Baseball, and there is no way to win faster than by parlaying a couple of dogs together and getting paid.
Toronto Blue Jays (+150) at New York Yankees
Domingo German had a breakout season for the New York Yankees in 2019 when he posted an 18-4 record. But a lot of those wins were more about the Yankee’s powerful offense scoring a bunch of runs in support of German, than him really being all that dominant. No disrespect to German, but this guy has a career ERA of 4.52, and with Yankees fans acting like they are getting Sandy Koufax added to their rotation after German missed all of last year with arm trouble, it again shows you how delusional New York fans can be at times.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 4, 2021
The Blue Jays have a lot of pop in their bats, and they already managed to beat New York ace Gerrit Cole in this series. Toronto will turn to one of their top prospects today, with youngster TJ Zeuch getting the nod. Zeuch was a first-round draft pick back in 2016, and his ability to stay in this Toronto rotation is going to be a major key to the Blue Jay’s success this year as they look to hang with the Bronx Bombers in the AL East. Zeuch impressed last year with a 1.59 ERA, and as long as the bright lights of New York don’t blind him, I like him against Domingo German, who, while looking sharp this spring, hasn’t pitched a Big League game in well over a year. I smell upset in the Bronx.
Houston Astros (-105) at Oakland Athletics
The Houston Astros have totally dominated this series with the Oakland Athletics. Houston has won all three games, with each win coming by multiple runs, and the combined score so far in this series is 26-7 in favor of Houston. I hate to fade Sean Manaea at home, as he is always so much better than he gets credit for in the media, but I can’t pass up on getting Houston as underdogs in a series that they are so thoroughly dominating. It will be closer than the Astros first three wins of the year, but I do see Houston sneaking out of Oakland with a sweep.
The Daily Dog Money Line Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Toronto Blue Jays +150
- Houston Astros -105
$100 Bet Wins $388
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!
Atlanta Braves (-125) at Philadelphia Phillies
What is going on with the Brave’s bats? Atlanta should have one of the top hitting lineups in the National League this season with guys like Ronald Acuna JR, Freddie Freeman, and Marcel Ozuna expected to mash, but they haven’t shown that yet, as they are 0-2 with just two total runs scored this year. You have to give a lot of credit to the Phillies starters as Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola were both lights out, and Atlanta is hoping to catch a little bit of a break in this one with Zach Eflin starting for Philly. Eflin is a solid number three for the Phillies, but he isn’t on nearly the same level as Nola or Wheeler, and the Braves are poised for a breakout after a slow start at the dish.
Here is today’s #Braves lineup for the series finale in Philadelphia.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 4, 2021
Atlanta will answer with Ian Anderson, a guy that I see as a future Cy Young Award winner. Anderson is just another in the long line of young Braves that are supremely talented, and the former #3 overall pick was almost unbelievably good for the Braves late last season with a 1.95 ERA down the stretch for the Braves. Anderson has elite swing and miss stuff, and if he can get his walks under control, he is going to be an All-Star this year for Atlanta. A team as talented as this Braves team can’t struggle for too long, and I think they pick up a win today in game three.
Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (-180)
There was a time that Garret Richards was one of the more consistent starters in the American League. The only issue that kept Richards from being a perennial All-Star in his 8-year stint with the Los Angeles Angels was the fact that he could never stay healthy. Boston brought him in to eat up innings for a team that likely isn’t going to be in contention, and while that is a bit of a sad ending to a solid career for Richards, he seems to be up to the task and should give Boston reliable production in the middle of their rotation. He won’t have to be great in this game as the Red Sox should break out of their slump at the plate in a soft matchup with Baltimore and coast to their first win of the season.
Texas Rangers at Kansas City Royals -1.5 Runs (+104)
I almost never take run line bets. And when I do, I almost never take home teams on the run line. Home team run lines always seem so sexy on the surface, but when all is said and done, they are always a very risky proposition. But I will take a bit of a gamble in this one and back the Royals on the run line at home. The Rangers have a really bad pitching staff, and even these weak Royals hitters are lighting them up right now. Kansas City has scored an absurd 25 runs in the first two games of the series, blowing the Rangers out in both games. The Texas bullpen has been especially bad, and I think the Royals run up the score on them again today as they are red-hot at the plate.
Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels (-124)
Shohei Ohtani reminded us all how electric he could be in the spring when he finally looked healthy and quickly returned to his Rookie of the Year form of two years ago. Ohtani clubbed homers at an insane rate, and his fastball consistently hit triple digits. He will get the chance to start today after missing basically all of last season, and the Angels have finally decided that they can’t let a hitter of his caliber sit on the bench when he pitches, so for the first time in his career, he will get to hit and pitch in the same game in the majors. This guy could go out and pick up multiple hits and strike out double digits, and the fanboy in me wants as much action on Ohtani as I can get, so I’ll expect big things out of him and his Angels today.
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres -1.5 Runs (-104)
I know I just told you that I don’t like home team run lines, which might be a bit confusing, seeing as I am going to take another one here, but hear me out. When you are betting baseball every day, you have to have a deep playbook and the willingness to make the right play, even if it isn’t one that you normally like to make. That is what I am going to do in this game, as I feel strongly that the DBacks aren’t going to be able to hang with the Padres in this game. The Padres covered the run line in their last two games of this series, and they are going to make it three in a row as they sweep the DBacks out of San Diego.
Get Rich Or Die Trying Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Atlanta Braves -125
- Boston Red Sox -108
- Kansas City Royals -1.5 Runs +104
- Los Angeles Angels -124
- San Diego Padres -1.5 Runs -104
$100 Bet Wins $2,406
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