After a rare day off yesterday, we are energized and ready to get back to the grind! We picked a great day to jump right back into the madness that is Major League Baseball betting, as there is a full schedule of 15 games on tap for today. Highlights on the day include the Atlanta Braves playing in Philadelphia against the Phillies in a matchup between underperforming NL East Division squads. Elsewhere in the National League, the San Diego Padres host the Chicago Cubs in the rubber match of their 3-game set with playoff positioning on the line for both teams.
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) June 9, 2021
Over in the American League, we have a blockbuster matchup between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox and a game between the Tigers and the Mariners with a couple of promising young starters on the mound in Chris Flexen and Casey Mize. There are a bunch of interleague matchups on the schedule today as well, with games between the Rays and Nationals, Indians and Cardinals, and DBacks and Athletics. As always, we are right here with you today, with everyone’s favorite way to play, the parlay! 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.
New York Mets (-129) at Baltimore Orioles
Wins on the road have been fairly tough to come by for the New York Mets this season as they have been much better at home than on the road. But wins anywhere have been tough for the Baltimore Orioles as Baltimore has the worst record in the American League entering play today. Like much of this Mets team, Taijuan Walker has been better at home than on the road, but that doesn’t mean Walker has been bad on the road, he has just been that good at home. Walker has a 3.24 ERA away from the Big Apple this season, which is even more impressive when you look at the fact that his road starts have come against teams like the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies, all team that can absolutely hit the baseball. Walker should have a nice outing today against this weak-hitting Oriole’s lineup.
🗣️ PEEEEEETE! pic.twitter.com/FxrT3KT9Pp
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 8, 2021
Baltimore is going to need Matt Harvey to be much better today than he has been in the last several weeks if they want any shot at hanging with New York in this one. Harvey was an embarrassment in the month of May, as he had an ERA of nearly double digits, and in his final 5 starts of the month, he worked a total of 17.2 innings and got blasted for a combined 28 runs. Baltimore lost all 5 of those games. He was a bit better his last time out, allowing just a single earned run over 3 innings of work against the Minnesota Twins, but he threw a season-low 43 pitches.
I am fully aware of the Met’s struggles on the road, but losing games to good teams like the Padres, Cubs, and Cards away from home is one thing, losing to the Orioles, who have an MLB worst 11-20 home-field record, is another. This is a shockingly low price on New York, as I guess the public hasn’t caught on to the fact that Taijuan Walker is having a breakout season, with his 2.17 ERA that is 6th best in the majors. I can get an ace pitcher against the worst home team in the game, and I only have to lay a dollar twenty-nine to do it? Yeah, I’ll bite.
Washington Nationals at Tampa Bay Rays (-159)
It feels like the Washington Nationals are just days away from throwing in the towel on what has been a very disappointing season. Steven Strasburg is hurt, again, Max Scherzer is on the trade block, and tonight’s start, Patrick Corbin, has been a shell of his former self. This big 3 for Washington led the Nationals to the 2019 World Series title, but those days are long gone, as it’s looking like the Nats are about to jump into a multi-year rebuild. Washington would consider trading Corbin along with Mad Max, but I am not sure any contending team would want him right now, as he has been awful. On the road this season, Corbin has been particularly bad, with an 0-3 record and 7.30 ERA. For whatever reason, the books are still pricing Corbin like the ace he was a couple of years ago, and that has opened up a lot of value, fading him and his Nats.
Til tomorrow #RaysWin
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 9, 2021
This line certainly doesn’t make any sense when you consider the fact that the Rays lead all of MLB in wins. Yeah, Shane McClanahan is green, and I am not sure he can be trusted, but Tampa Bay had won 5 straight games where he pitched, and his 3.77 home field ERA is more than respectable for a rookie playing in the AL East Division. The public loves to bet names that they know, and they know Patrick Corbin’s name, they just don’t know how bad he has been this season. This is a terrible line, as Tampa Bay should be laying -200, but since nobody knows who Shane McClanahan is as of yet, we get a steep discount on Tampa Bay. Give me the Rays at home at an excellent price.
Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox (-155)
I want to get this out of the way right up front. I am a huge fan of Blue Jays young starter Alek Manoah. This kid is a stud, and someday he is going to be a guy that takes home Cy Young Award votes. But as they say, there are levels to this, and right now, Alek Manoah and Lance Lynn are nowhere near the same level. Manoah is a promising young arm that is just kicking off what should be a great career. Lance Lynn is a superstar that nearly took home the Cy Young Award the last 2 seasons with the Texas Rangers, and is the favorite right now to take home the honors in the AL, now with the Chicago White Sox.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 9, 2021
Lynn has yet to allow more than 3 earned runs in any start, and he has allowed 2 earned runs or fewer in 9 of his 10 outings. Lynn is seemingly getting better as the season wears on, and in his last 3 starts, he has allowed just a single earned run in 18 innings pitched. I hate to fade Alek Manoah, but he is going to get a lesson today from Lance Lynn, and I am taking Lynn as a blind bet at this price, no matter who he is matched up against, as he has just been too good.
Money Line Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Chicago White Sox -155
- Tampa Bay Rays -159
- New York Mets -129
$100 Bet Pays $476
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.
Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers Under 9 Runs (-110)
Casey Mize is yet another young promising starter, and after a rough rookie season last year, Mize has figured things out this season and is pitching at a very high level. Mize has a 3.34 ERA on the year and was light’s out in May, with a 2-0 record and 1.74 ERA. Mize was the number 1 overall draft pick back in 2018 and has been on a fast track to superstardom ever since, and despite the fact that he has yet to even pitch 100 innings in the show in his career, he is already looking like an All-Star. Mize faced Seattle once already this season and dominated the M’s, allowing just 1 earned run in 7 innings of work. In my eyes, Mize is already the Tiger’s ace, and to see a game total of 9 runs seems mighty high for a game with an ace on the mound. We are going to jump into the other side of this starting pitching matchup a little later, but for now, just know that Chris Flexen is pretty good too, and this game should stay well under the total.
Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox Under 8 Runs (-110)
We already talked about how I feel about these starting pitchers today in Chicago, as Alek Manoah and Lance Lynn are both really good. As a general rule, you don’t want to be taking too many unders when these teams are playing, as both squads are in the top 10 in the majors in runs scored, but with how unhittable Lynn has been and with his ability to get deep into games, this total feels off by at least a run. Vlad Jr scares me a little bit, as the kid is on a tear and is quickly emerging as one of the top hitters in baseball, but there is too much star power on the mound not to want to go under what appears to be an inflated total.
Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels Over 9 Runs (-110)
The Los Angeles Angels were supposed to fade away without Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in the lineup. But I guess somebody forgot to tell LA, as they are playing good baseball in the last week, and after a small slump at the dish when Trout and Pujols first left the lineup, they have found their stride at the plate as of late. The Halos have won 7 of their last 10 games, and they have scored 8 runs or more in a game in 4 of their last 7 games. Royal’s starter Brad Keller has been better as of late, but he still has an ERA of five and a half runs on the season, and Angel’s starter Griffin Canning has been even worse, with a 5.82 ERA overall and a 6.52 ERA at Angel’s stadium. With a couple of starters that give up lots of runs and a couple of teams that are playing well right now and scoring a lot of runs, this game has high scoring written all over it. Both of the first 2 games of this series have hit double-digit runs, and this game will be no different. I am taking the over in what could end up being a slugfest in the City of Angels.
Game Total Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers Under 9 Runs -110
- Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox Under 8 Runs -110
- Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels Over 9 Runs -110
$100 Bet Pays $700
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 every day betting Major League Baseball, and there is no way to win faster than by parlaying a couple of dogs together and getting paid.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates (+155)
The Los Angeles Dodgers have again hit the skids recently, as they have lost 7 of their last 12 games. LA has been very hot and cold this season, and right now, they aren’t playing great baseball. Tony Gonsolin returns tonight to make his first start of the season after taking home the Rookie of the Year Award in the National League last season. Gonsolin has been on the IL all season long, and LA welcomes him back to the field today, hoping that he can pick up where he left off last season when he posted a 2.31 ERA.
All-Star Game voting is live‼️
— Pirates (@Pirates) June 3, 2021
Tyler Anderson doesn’t have the pedigree of Tony Gonsolin, but he has done a decent job of giving his team a chance to win baseball games every time that he pitches. The Pirates have responded to Anderson’s decent production, as they have won 6 out of his last 9 starts. Anderson has a sub-4-run ERA at home so far in 2021, and something tells me he is going to pitch well tonight against the suddenly slumping Dodgers. This is a gut check type of bet. The Pirates have been holding their own in the last couple of weeks, and Tony Gonsolin is going to have to be at least a little bit rusty after missing so much action and will likely be on a pitch count tonight. You can’t hit a home run if you don’t swing for the fences, so we will take a healthy cut in this one and take the Pirates as major home underdogs.
Atlanta Braves (+115) at Philadelphia Phillies
It seems like there is a never-ending line of young pitchers coming up through the Braves farm system. Tucker Davidson is just another in a long line of 25 and under studs making their way through the Braves minor league system. Davidson was called up last month for a spot start and was again called up last week to start for Atlanta, and he has pitched well. Davidson has a 2.31 ERA in his 2 starts, and when you look at how he has pitched in triple-A this season, he has a 0.90 ERA in 3 starts, he has pitched awesome no matter where he has pitched in 2021. Davidson matches up with Zach Eflin, who has pitched well this year, but his solid results haven’t led to very many wins for the Phillies.
Nice day for a series win!
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 9, 2021
Eflin has a 4.10 ERA, which is one of the best of his career, but Philly has a disappointing 4-7 record in his 11 starts, and they have lost 6 of his last 7. Philadelphia is far better at home than they are on the road, but I am still surprised that they are such big favorites in this game. I am not sure you can ever argue that this game is anything more than a coin flip, and I love to take the underdog in a coin flip type of game. We are seeing a lot of young pitchers emerge as legit starters in the majors right now, and as the public is always slow to react, they stay a step behind, which opens up lots of value for those of us that do our homework. I’ll back the Braves as road dogs in an upset special.
The Daily Dog Money Line Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Pittsburgh Pirates +155
- Atlanta Braves +115
$100 Bet Pays $549
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!
Arizona Diamondbacks at Oakland Athletics -1.5 Runs (-107)
Before last week, I had only taken a home team on the run line one time this season. Home team run line bets are very risky, and it is not a play that I make very often. But last week, I saw an opportunity to fade the Arizona Diamondbacks in all 4 of their games in Milwaukee, and I bet against the DBacks laying a run and a half in all 4 games and cashed all 4 bets. Arizona has been awful on the road all season long, and recently, they are struggling to even be competitive, let alone win games. Arizona hasn’t won a road game since April! This month, they are 0-5 away from home, and they have lost all of those games by multiple runs. I will fade their road ineptitude again today as I will take Oakland on the run line and expect the DBacks to continue their nasty road run.
Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox (-137)
The Houston Astros are playing well right now, and they have beaten Boston in 4 of 5 games already this month. But one guy that isn’t playing very well for Houston, is starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi pitched poorly early in the season and was shut down with an injury, finally making his return late last month after missing more than a full month’s worth of action. It’s looking like the time off didn’t help Odorizzi much, as he is still struggling. His last start came against these very same Red Sox, and he got run from the game after just 3 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on a whopping 4 hits and 3 walks. Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t been great pitching at home, but he has been somewhat better as of late, as he has allowed 1 earned run or fewer in 2 of his last 3 starts at Fenway Park. I’ll back Boston as a fade of Jake Odorizzi and a show of confidence in the Red Sox, who had won 5 straight games before dropping game 1 of this series last night.
Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers (-127)
I already talked about how great Casey Mize has been this season, but Chris Flexen has been respectable as well this year for Seattle. Flexen’s path to the show was much different than Mize, who was the number one overall draft pick, as he washed out of the Big Leagues and had to go to Korea to pitch in the KBO to earn his ticket back to the majors. Flexen has been a pleasant surprise for Seattle, as they are 7-3 in his 10 starts this year, but the one place that he has been inconsistent, has been on the road. Flexen has an 8.10 ERA in 4 road starts for Seattle, and it feels like a steal to be able to bet on Casey Mize and his Tigers at this price against a banged up Mariner’s team.
Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds (-113)
Vladimir Gutierrez has impressed in his short stint in the majors, as he has been great for Cincinnati. The 25-year-old Cuban has made 2 starts for the Reds and has worked a combined 10 innings and allowed just 3 total earned runs, on only 5 hits. He has issues finding the plate consistently, but he has a live arm, and I really like him today at home against Milwaukee. For the Brewers, Brett Anderson has been all over the place this season, and on the road, he just hasn’t been very good, with a 4.57 ERA. Anderson has yet to pitch more than 5 innings in any of his 6 road starts, and he hasn’t made it out of the 4th inning in 5 of his last 6 outings. The Brewers have been red-hot, winning 9 of 10, but I think they hit a road bump today in the ‘Nati as Vlad Gutierrez is going to shine.
New York Yankees -1.5 Runs (-115) at Minnesota Twins
I already talked about the fact that I don’t take a lot of run line bets, but road run line bets are actually a fairly safe play, and if the books are willing to give me a huge discount to lay that run and a half, I am willing to do it in a spot where I feel the game is a mismatch. This game is a Mismatch with a capital M, as the Twins are awful, the Yankees are talented if a bit inconsistent, and Gerrit Cole is a superstar. Cole is doing what he always does, as he is mowing through the competition this season with a 6-3 record and 2.26 ERA. The same can’t be said for the Twin’s Randy Dobnak, as Dobnak has been getting hammered, with an ERA north of 6 runs. I see Cole shutting down the Twins and the Yankees roughing up Randy Dobnak. This is the type of game that run line bets were invented for, and with the books giving us 70 cents off to lay the run and a half, I will take advantage of it.
Clevland Indians at St. Louis Cardinals (-127)
Our final bet of the day comes to us from St. Louis, as the Cardinals play the Indians in an interleague matchup. Neither of these teams are playing very well at the moment, but I see both squads as solidly in the postseason picture, and these mini-slumps are going to happen over the course of a long 162-game season. This game features veteran starter Adam Wainwright, who has looked mostly great for St. Louis, starting opposite JC Mejia, who had made a total of 1 career Big League start. This number seems off when you consider Wainwright’s huge advantage in the experience department over the 24-year-old Dominican. Wainwright has a 2.62 ERA at home this season and has pitched 7 innings or more and allowed 3 earned runs or less in 3 of his last 5 starts. CJ Mejia is a promising young starter, but he has a long way to go into proving he even deserves to be in the majors, let alone going out and beating a quality team like the St. Louis Cardinals with their long-time starter Adam Wainwright pitching.
Get Rich Or Die Trying Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Oakland Athletics -1.5 Runs -107
- Boston Red Sox -137
- Detroit Tigers -127
- Cincinnati Reds -113
- New York Yankees -1.5 Runs -115
- St. Louis Cardinals -127
$100 Bet Pays $3,768
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