The Monday evening MLB slate features nine games, with two of those tilts receiving the national television treatment on ESPN. Those two games have made the cut for inclusion on this evening’s parlay ticket, and we have added on an intriguing American League matchup for game three.
The first game on the ticket is a battle of National League East rivals. The New York Mets will be on the road to face the Philadelphia Phillies for the first of a three-game set. It should be an entertaining and competitive series between two of the top clubs in the division.
Next up, we head to Los Angeles for the season debut of Clayton Kershaw as the Los Angeles Dodgers welcome the Cincinnati Reds to town. The visitors will have Luis Castillo on the mound, and the young hurler has really been pitching lights out thus far this season.
The final game on our ticket is an intriguing matchup which will see the Cleveland Indians playing visit to the Seattle Mariners. The total for this one is set at 7.5 runs, but the odds are leaning towards the Under to indicate it may be a low-scoring affair.
Three solid games for our evening parlay ticket should make for an entertaining night on the diamond. Let’s take a look at all three of these contests in full detail, starting with the NL East showdown.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7:00 PM EST, ESPN
Mets vs. Phillies pick:
The Mets wrapped up a four-game series with Atlanta Braves last night. They won the first two games by scores of 6-3 and 6-2, but things took a turn on Saturday as the Braves picked up an 11-7 victory. On Sunday, Jacob deGrom took the mound and surrendered three earned runs over five innings of work as the Mes fell by a score of 7-3.
The Phillies took their talents to Miami for a series with the Marlins over the weekend. They won the opener by a score of 9-1, but the Marlins woke up in big league fashion on Saturday with a 10-3 victory. Yesterday, the teams needed 14 innings to settle the score. A two-run shot from Jean Segura was the final blow as Philadelphia picked up the 3-1 win.
|NY Mets||9-6||L2||6-4||2-NL East||91||90|
New York started off last week with a short two-game home set with the Minnesota Twins. After being pounded by a score of 14-8 in the opener, they bounced back with a 9-6 victory on Wednesday. The Mets have now dropped two in a row, which came on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
Philadelphia enters tonight’s game with a record of 3-3 over the past week. Prior to the series with the Marlins, the team welcomed the Washington Nationals to town. After a 4-3 victory on Monday, it was all Nationals from that point as the visitors took the final two games of the series.
Jeff McNeil leads the Mets with a .383 batting average. Pete Alonso tops the team with six home runs and 17 RBIs. For the Phillies, Segura leads in batting with a .317 average. Rhys Hoskins has the team lead in homers and ribbies with five and 16.
The Ks have been there to start the season for Syndergaard, but he has been giving up runs. The Nationals tagged him for four in his first start of the year, and he has given up six over his last two outings. Last year, he was 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21.
Nola opened up the year by giving up just a single run to the Braves, but he was tagged for 10 runs over his next two starts. He has only walked three batters over the last two, but he has also been smacked for five homers over that span. In 2018, Nola was 17-6 with a 0.97 WHIP and 2.37 ERA.
The Mets bullpen has been vulnerable to start the year. Over 54 innings pitched, New York relievers collectively have a 6.50 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 28 walks. Phillies relievers have been slightly more reliable with an ERA of 4.64 over 54.1 innings pitched with 57 Ks and 19 BBs.
Despite the inflated early season ERA, Syndergaard has looked solid through three starts. Nola has been roughed up pretty good in his last two outings, and it’s tough to trust him until he works out the kinks. We’ll take the visitors to get the win.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:00 PM EST, ESPN
Reds vs. Dodgers pick:
After a dreadful 1-8 start to the year, the Reds have started to turn things around. They picked up a three-game home sweep of the Marlins early last week, and followed that up by splitting a pair at home with the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.
It has been a different story for the Dodgers. After busting out of the gates with a mark of 8-2, the club dropped it’s next six in a row. Los Angeles was finally able to stop the bleeding on Sunday with a 7-1 home victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
|LA Dodgers||9-8||W1||4-6||2-NL West||109||87|
After pounding the Marlins to the tune of 21-1 over three games, Cincinnati kicked off the weekend with a 5-2 win over the Cardinals for their fourth straight win. Yesterday, the Cardinal crossed four runners over home plate in the top of the 1st and never looked back in a 9-5 victory.
Last week, Los Angeles opened the week by dropping four straight on the road to the Cardinals. The trend continued at the beginning of the weekend series with the Brewers as they lost on both Friday and Saturday. Ross Stripling stepped right up and pitched an eight-winning gem for the Dodgers on Sunday to snap the losing skid.
Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with a .286 batting average. Derek Dietrich tops the team with four homers and 11 RBIs. Cody Bellinger has been the man on offense for the Dodgers. He’s batting .424 with nine homers, 22 ribbies, and a 1.606 OPS.
|Clayton Kershaw-L (2018)||9-5||161.1||2.73||1.04||8.65||.630|
Through three starts, Castillo has given up just two earned runs, five hits, and eight walks while fanning 25 batters. Last season, he was 10-12 with a 1.22 WHIP and 4.30 ERA. The K/9 in 2018 stood at 8.75, so there could be some regression to come on that front. This will be Kershaw’s first start of the year after going down early in the spring with a shoulder issue.
The Reds bullpen has done a solid job thus far. To date, Cincinnati relievers have a 3.51 ERA over 51.1 innings pitched with 48 strikeouts and 27 walks. Dodgers relievers have had a tougher time with a 5.00 ERA over 68.1 innings with 64 Ks and 22 walks.
Kershaw is on the mound, so the Dodgers are naturally pretty hefty favorites. However, we’re in the camp that wants to see how he looks before going all in. On the other side, Castillo has been dealing, and we’ll look for him to continue doing the same as the Reds get the win.
Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners, 10:10 PM EST, RTNW
Indians vs. Mariners pick:
The Indians are looking to right the ship after having dropped three in a row and four of their last five. This past weekend, they were in Kansas City and promptly swept by the Royals. On Sunday, it was a 9-8 heartbreaker that was decided in the bottom of the 9th in favor of the hosts.
The Mariners didn’t fare any better in their weekend series. They welcomed the Houston Astros to town for a three-game set and dropped all of them. Yesterday, an Aledmys Diaz homer in the 7th pushed the Astros to a 3-2 win.
Prior to being swept by the Royals, Cleveland was in Detroit for three against the Tigers. They managed to win two of three, which came on the heels of the Indians sweeping four at home over the Toronto Blue Jays. The club was 7-3 through 10 games before its recent slide.
Seattle has come back to earth after a blistering start saw the team push its record to 13-2. The team had won five straight series before running into the Astros. They lost 10-6 in the opener to Houston, followed by defeats of 3-1 and 3-2 on Saturday and Sunday.
Carlos Santana is leading the Indians with a .383 BA and 10 RBIs. Leonys Martin tops the team with three home runs. For the Mariners, Tim Beckham leads with an average of .339. Jay Bruce is tops with seven homers, while Domingo Santana has 23 RBIs to lead the way.
Bauer was excellent in his first two starts, striking out 17 batters while allowing just a single earned run. He had a tougher go of things last time out, giving up four earned runs over 5.2 innings of work. Kikuchi has been decent in four starts this season. He exited his last start in the 6th inning with calf soreness.
The Indians bullpen has been fantastic thus far. Through 49.2 innings, the ERA stands at 2.36 with 50 strikeouts and 18 walks. Mariners relievers have had a tougher time this season. The ERA checks in at 4.59 through 66.2 innings with 68 Ks and 36 BBs.
Both clubs had rough weekends, but the Indians bats at least woke up on Sunday. Add in the fact that Bauer is a proven commodity facing off with a rookie who had to exit his last start, and we’re rolling with the visitors for game three on this evening’s parlay ticket.