Major League Baseball Parlay of the Day For April 9th, 2022

We. Are. Back! Today marks the first weekend slate of Major League Baseball games of the 2022 regular season, and with games starting early and running late, we have a board full of action on tap for you today. Last year, we here at TheSportsGeek recognized that parlay betting is a whole lot of fun, particularly when betting on Major League Baseball, so we set out to make sure that if parlay action is what you guys want, that we were going to deliver it!

But, as you all know, at TheSportsGeek, we aren’t just here for fun, we are here for value, and if we are going to put our stamp of approval on any bets, we wanted to know that they were high value. So, we came up with our parlay of the day article, where each and every day of the MLB season, our team of expert handicappers bring you 4 different high-value parlays plays that would get you paid!

And that is just what happened, as we got ALL of the money last season! Exploiting bad lines, fading the public, backing home dogs, our bag of tricks was a big one and we killed the game last year, and now that we are back to playing Big League Baseball again in 2022, we are going to get right back on the grind, making parlays, and stacking cash!

For those of you that are new to the parlay of the day, each day we will give you a money line parlay, a totals parlay, an all underdog parlay, and our home run parlay where we swing for the fences and go for the jumbo payouts. You better buckle up because it is going to be a long ride with 6 months of Major League Baseball ahead of us! With that, let’s jump right into our first 2022 Major League Baseball parlay of day picks!

Money Line Magic Parlay

Our money line magic Major League Baseball parlay is a parlay that is made up of exclusively money line bets. Unlike point spread plays where a team has to win by a certain amount of points or runs to win your bet, on a money line play, all your team has to do is win the game to get you paid. To make up for the fact that some teams are favorites and others are underdogs, you are going to either lay odds when betting on favorites or be paid out at odds for your bet if you take the underdog.

Miami Marlins at San Francisco Giants (-150)

The San Francisco Giants came out of nowhere last season to win an MLB-best 107 games. The G-Men weren’t able to follow through with a World Series title, but they did show us that their multi-year rebuild was over and that they were again ready to contend in the NL West Division. San Francisco did have quite a bit of roster churn since last season though, as they lost the face of the franchise in Buster Posey, their best starting pitcher in Kevin Gausman, and slugger Kris Bryant, but they do still have plenty of firepower leftover to stay competitive in the National League.

Carlos Rodon was brought in to replace Gausman, and if he can pitch like he did last year for the Chicago White Sox, he just might be even better than Gausman was last year. Rodon missed some time due to injuries but finished his season with a blink and you will miss it 2.37 ERA in 24 starts. Early in the season, he was quite literally unhittable, as, through his first 5 starts of the season, he was 5-0 with a 0.58 ERA, and he threw a no-no against Cleveland. Giant’s fans are hoping he can pick up where he left off last year, today, against the Miami Marlins.

Pablo Lopez is one of the more underrated pitchers in the game right now. He has gotten better in each of his 4 Big League seasons, and he could emerge as a legit Cy Young Award contender this season, after posting a 3.07 ERA last year. Lopez is sure to be a major part of the Marlin’s current rebuilding process, the question is though, when is Miami going to surround him with more talent?

Miami is moving in the right direction, but they are clearly still a year or two away from contention. Guys like Lopez and fellow starter Sandy Alcantara are studs, but there isn’t a lot of meat on the bone on the rest of this Marlin’s roster. What really separates the Giants from the Marlins in this game for me is the home/road splits for these teams. Last year, the Giants were an absurdly good 54-27 at home and Miami was embarrassingly bad on the road, at 25-56. Expect those splits to hold again today as the Giants win this game behind a solid outing from Carlos Rodon in his debut for San Francisco!

Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals (-165)

The Pittsburgh Pirates are bad, and they show no signs of getting any better. They finally made an investment in some talent when they locked up prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes on an 8-year $70 million dollar deal, the biggest deal in franchise history, and he promptly got hurt and is now injured and not available for play today against the Cardinals. The Cards beat up on the Pirates on Opening Day, blowing them out 9-0 and I expect another beat down today with Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller taking the mound.

Keller was one of the worst starters in the NL last season, with an ERA north of 6 runs and the Cardinals are going to hammer him today at home. St. Louis has a lot of positive vibes flowing on this opening weekend with the return of Card’s legend Albert Pujols, and with a lineup featuring sluggers like Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and Tyler O’Neill, this team is going to win a lot of games this season. Miles Mikolas isn’t a guy I have a ton of confidence in right now, but he isn’t Mitch Keller, that’s for sure. St. Louis wins this one and I doubt it is even close.

San Diego Padres (-155) at Arizona Diamondbacks

The Padres should be 2-0 right now, as they have completely shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks in this series, with the exception of a brutal 9th inning collapse on Opening Day. The Pads watched Yu Darvish throw 6 no-hit innings, only to have the bullpen give the game away in the bottom of the 9th inning. San Diego knew that they needed a closer, and they traded for one that morning, but he wasn’t available for the game, and they gave the game away.

But now that Taylor Rogers is finishing games for the Friars, he picked up his first save with his new team last night without a perfect frame to close out the game, things should be much calmer in the 9th for the Padres. If you pull out that one great inning for Arizona, they haven’t scored even a single run in the other 17 innings, with just 4 total hits, against San Diego in this series.

You never want to overreact to a small sample size of data, and 2 games is about as small as a sample as you are ever going to get, but this inability to hit was expected for Arizona this year, as I personally think this is the worst team in the Major Leagues this year. I can’t imagine things are going to get much better for the DBacks today against Padres starting Joe Musgrove. Musgrove was a monster last season, with a breakout year that saw him post a 3.18 ERA and he is going to mow through these weak-hitting DBacks today on the road.

When you compare Musgrove’s production last season, with Arizona starter Zach Davies, who lost 12 games with an ERA of 5.78 for the Chicago Cubs, this is a mismatch on the mound. And in reality, this is a mismatch everywhere. The Padres aren’t as good as they are going to be when they get guys like Fernando Tatis Jr and Mike Clevinger back healthy, but they are a lot better than the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they show outrageous value at this price.

Money Line Magic Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • San Francisco Giants -150
  • St. Louis Cardinals -165
  • San Diego Padres -155

$100 Bet Pays $441

Game Total Parlay

Game total plays are commonly referred to as over/under bets because you are betting over or under the posted point total for a game. The game total is calculated by adding up the final scores of both teams. If that total score adds up to more than the total, the over bets win. If the total score adds up to under that total, bets on the under win. If the total score lands exactly on the posted total, all bets push.

Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays Over 9 Runs (-110)

The game between the Blue Jays and Rangers was the most exciting game of the day yesterday, as Toronto fell behind 7-0 early in the game, only to come back in dramatic fashion to steal it 10-8. I expect more fireworks today from the Rogers Centre, as both of these teams swing a heavy bat. No disrespect to Dane Dunning or Kevin Gausman, as I actually like both guys quite a bit, but with this being their first starts of the season, don’t expect either of them to be in the game too long. This one has slugfest written all over it, I am taking the over.

New York Mets at Washington Nationals Under 9 Runs (-110)

There is going to be plenty of bad blood on the field in this game between the National and Mets after the benches cleared yesterday. Washington hit 3 New York players in game 1 of this series, and after Frankie Lindor took a ball to the face on a bunt attempt last night in game 2, the Nats players had seen enough and came out swinging. Neither of these teams are going to want to lose this game with so much venom being spit already in this series, and I expect a lower scoring game, where runs are hard to come by.

You probably don’t know the name Joan Adon, but you will, as this kid is nasty and is poised for a breakout season for Washington. He has elite swing and miss stuff, and he showed that last year, as in his 5 starts above Single-A, as he struck out 40 batters in just 23.1 innings pitched. With veteran starter Chris Bassitt going for New York, who is always at least decent, and Joan Adon on the hill for Washington, this one feels like a 4-3 type of game. I am on the under.

Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Over 10 Runs (-110)

The Reds aren’t going to be a very good team this season. The have already started to blow things up, as they traded away Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez to Seattle just before the start of the season, and I am sure they aren’t done yet, as you can be sure that more guys are going to be moved, as the Reds hit the reset button. They showed a lot of heart last night, as they nearly came back from a 7-0 hole against the Braves, coming up a run short, but wins aren’t going to be a big part of the equation this year in the ‘Natti.

Reds starter Vlad Gutierrez is actually a guy that I think has a bright future, but with Cincy just now starting to rebuild, he could be a guy that ends up getting moved here early in the season. He is a solid young pitcher, but I don’t see him pitching well today against this hard-hitting Braves lineup. And even if he does, Braves starter Kyle Wright just hasn’t been able to live up to his ample hype in the show as of yet, as he has a career ERA of nearly 7 runs. Runs, runs, and more runs, this one could get crazy!

Game Total Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays Over 9 Runs -110
  • New York Mets at Washington Nationals Under 9 Runs -110
  • Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Over 10 Runs -110

$100 Bet Pays $700

The Daily Dog Parlay

The daily dog parlay is a Major League Baseball parlay play where all we take are money line underdogs. Parlaying underdogs is the best way to rack up jumbo payouts on small upfront investments. Want to win a jackpot payout? Then parlaying underdogs is for you!

Seattle Mariners (+125) at Minnesota Twins

Yesterday, we took the Seattle Mariners as road underdogs and got paid, as Robbie Ray did Robbie Ray things, and the M’s held on late for a narrow 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. I didn’t quite understand why the Mariners were dogs in that game, and I am equally as perplexed by this line today. The Twins aren’t going to be a great team this year. Yeah, they added Carlos Correa and a couple of other nice pieces, but they are not going to be a team I see contending in the AL Central this year.

To see them as favorites over a Mariner’s team that should be a legit pennant contender in the American League this year just doesn’t make a lot of sense. Logan Gilbert was one of the top prospects in the Mariners farm system before being called up last year, and while he did have his fair share of expected rookie struggles, he got better and better as the year wore on, and down the stretch when his team needed him the most, he posted a 2.70 ERA in 6 September starts, with the Mariners going 5-1 in those games. This season, Gilbert is ready to take a big step up as he is undeniably talented and is looking to build on last year’s momentum.

The Twins will answer Gilbert with veteran starter Sonny Gray. Gray has put together a solid career but seems to be on the inevitable downside of his career at this point, in his 10th season in the Big Leagues. His ERA has gone up in each of his last couple of seasons and he is now playing for his 4th team in the last 5 years.

This game feels like a straight-up coin flip and for my loyal parlay of the day readers, you all know what I do when I have a game that could go either way! I snatch up the juice and take the dog, as you are always going to want to be on the side getting the juice, not laying it, in a game that could go either way.

Boston Red Sox (+140) at New York Yankees

Luis Severino gets the start today for the New York Yankees as they look to make it back-to-back wins over their hated rivals, the Boston Red Sox, after handing the BoSox their first loss of the season yesterday, with an extra innings walk-off in the 11th inning. Severino was an All-Star in 2017 and 2018 and was one of the best young pitchers in all of baseball. But injuries have derailed his once-promising career, as he has pitched just 18 innings in the last 3 seasons combined.

I always root for guys like this to get back healthy and continue on with their careers, but I can’t even comprehend how a guy that hasn’t pitched in as long as Severino has, being a big favorite against a solid team like the Boston Red Sox. Boston touched up Cy Young Award winner Gerrit Cole yesterday for 3 runs in the first inning, runs that Cole laughably blamed on the start time being a whopping 4 minutes late, and I expect them to get after Severino early and often today as well.

Nick Pivetta wasn’t great last year for Boston, but he is a respectable inning eater, and with so many questions marks with Severino, it is hard not to see him as the better side of this starting pitching matchup. As long as Pivetta can get the Red Sox 3-4 decent innings of work, Boston should take an early lead and I expect them to hang on to win and tie up this series at a game apiece. I will take the Red Sox as road dogs as a straight fade of Luis Severino and his crumbling body.

The Daily Dog Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Seattle Mariners +125
  • Boston Red Sox +140

$100 Bet Pays $540

Home Run Parlay

You can’t hit a home run if you don’t swing for the fences! In this final section, we are going to take our hardest swing, in search of jumbo payouts! Here, you will find money line plays, totals action, and maybe even a couple of run line bets as well. These plays are high risk, but equally high reward, so dig in and take your best cut if you want to get paid!

Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies (+130)

Home dogs are my jam, and last season, there was no better home underdog team than the Colorado Rockies! We all know that the thin air of the Rocky Mountains makes Coors Field the most unique park in the majors, and the Rockies clearly built their roster to reflect their home park, as they finished 15 games above .500 at home last season, despite finishing with a losing record overall.

The only teams that were better at home than Colorado was last year in the NL, were the Dodgers and Giants, teams that combined to win 213 games. If all you did was take Colorado as home dogs in every game last year, you got rich, and I will make that play today, hoping that last year’s trend bleeds into this year for the Rockies! Colorado starter German Marquez is one of the few guys that actually pitches better at Coord Field than he does anywhere else, and his 2021 home slash of an 8-3 record and 3.67 ERA has me loving a play on him and his Rockies as home dogs.

Milwaukee Brewers (-165) at Chicago Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers own the Chicago Cubs. Last year, Milwaukee posted a 15-4 record against the Cubs, and many of those wins came before Chicago blew things up when they held a spectacular fire sale at the trade deadline, trading away All-Stars like Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs did add some talent in the offseason after trading away so many key players, but this isn’t a team that has a realistic shot at the postseason this year.

Brandon Woodruff deserves a lot of the credit for the Brewer’s domination of Chicago as he made 5 starts against the Cubies in 2021 and posted an absurd 0.64 ERA. Chicago will try and match Woodruff with Justin Steele, who will be making just his 10th ever start in the majors. This is a mismatch with a capital M, and I am shocked to see this as such a tight line. Milwaukee should be laying -280 in this game, and I will exploit this bad number with a play on the Brew Crew.

Oakland Athletics at Philadelphia Phillies (-200)

I very rarely ever lay this much wood in a game, but a bad line is a bad line, and you have to take the value anywhere that you can find it. The books and the public seem to be a bit slow in recognizing that the Athletics are going to be a really bad baseball team this year.

My gut says that they are tanking so they can play themselves out of Oakland and relocate to Las Vegas, and they may get their wish, as this team could easily lose 100 games based on their current roster and nobody wants to spend billions on a new stadium for an awful team.

Cole Irvin is decent, and Kyle Gibson is a journeyman veteran that will serve well for the Phillies this season, but I don’t see much to separate these starters. Where I see the difference in this one is the bats, as the Phillies have them, with sluggers like reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper, the newly acquired Kyle Schwarber, and a healthy Didi Gregorious, and the A’s don’t. Yesterday Oakland started a lineup with guys like Billy McKinney, Kevin Smith, and Cristian Pache. If you are saying to yourself, who? Don’t worry, so are Oakland fans. The Athletics are going to be terrible this year and this is a free money fade of the dumpster can fire that is the A’s this season.

Houston Astros (-110) at Los Angeles Angels

Our final play of the day comes to us from the AL West in this game between the Astros and Angels. This is a fun game as we get to see a couple of starters that we haven’t seen much of in the last several years in Justin Verlander and Noah Syndergaard. When healthy, both of these guys are capable of big things, and at least for this very second, that seems to be the case. If Justin Verlander can find a way to be the Justin Verlander of old, which is admittedly a mighty big if, you are going to want to back him at a price like this blind, any chance that you can get.

Spring training is spring training, and I don’t tend to put too much emphasis on those games, but Verlander was fantastic, making 4 starts, and giving up just 2 runs in 13.2 innings pitched while striking out 15. Every year we keep saying that eventually, Verlander is going to have to look his age, but as a reminder to all of you out there, the last time we saw a full season from Verlander, he won 21 games, struck out 300, and won the Cy Young Award. If he is anywhere near that good still, getting him at even money is a steal. I will make my play on Houston and hope that Verlander pitches like he did this spring and if he does, we are getting paid!

Home Run Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Colorado Rockies +130
  • Milwaukee Brewers -165
  • Philadelphia Phillies -200
  • Houston Astros -110

$100 Bet Pays $1,058

Wrap Up

Parlays are a great way to make quick cash, and here you have four different ways to get in on the Major League Baseball parlay action for today! Betting on Major League Baseball can be both fun and exciting, as well as being very profitable! While parlays are the name of the game, we also encourage you to make any of these plays as straight bets as well, as all of these MLB parlay picks are high-value. Make sure you swing by TheSportsGeek’s MLB betting page, where our team of expert handicappers bring you free high-value Major League Baseball betting picks each and every day!

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Jason Gray / Author

Jason is a true Las Vegas insider as he has called the sports betting capital of the world his home for sixteen years. Jason started out his career in gaming by running the biggest poker tournaments in the world and managing some of the biggest sportsbooks on the strip. Jason has transitioned out of casino operations and has been covering sports betting for the sports geek for just over two years. His main focus is on baseball, college basketball, and the NFL

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