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MLB Parlay Pick – Tuesday, June 18

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As per usual, we have a full slate of games to contend with for this Tuesday night of MLB action. We won’t be lacking for choices for this evening’s parlay ticket. Here are the three games we have selected for inclusion.

Our first game of the evening is the second of a three-game series for a pair of American League East rivals. The Tampa Bay Rays will be in New York to continue their set with the Yankees. The hosts took the series opener last night behind a stellar outing from Masahiro Tanaka.

Next up, we head to the Windy City for an interleague battle between crosstown rivals. The Chicago White Sox won’t have to travel too far for the opener of their two-game set with the Chicago Cubs. This series kicks off with an interesting pitching matchup on tap tonight.

Our final game of the evening is a National League West showdown in Arizona. The Colorado Rockies, fresh off of a weekend series in which they exploded for 48 runs, will be on the road to open up a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

That’s three quality contests to look forward to for a busy night of MLB festivities. Let’s take a look at all three games in full detail, starting with the rumble in the Bronx.

*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees, 7:05 PM EST, YES

Spread:

  • Tampa Bay +1.5 -150
  • NY Yankees -1.5 +130
Money line:

  • Tampa Bay +137
  • NY Yankees -147
Total Points:

  • Over 9.5 (-120)
  • Under 9.5 (+100)

Rays vs. Yankees Pick:

The Rays couldn’t get anything going on offense last night. Tanaka threw a complete game shutout in which he allowed just two hits and one walk while fanning 10 batters. DJ LeMahieu and Cameron Maybin went yard to provide the offense for the Yankees.

The Matchup

Record Streak L10 STD RS RA
Tampa Bay 43-29 L1 4-6 2-AL East 336 242
NY Yankees 44-27 W3 5-5 1-AL East 382 307

This series marks the start of a 10-game road trip for the Rays. The team went 3-4 on its recent homestand. For the year, Tampa Bay is 23-11 on the road. The Yankees are home for 10 in a row after going 2-2 on a quick road trip. The team is 23-13 at home on the season.

The Bats

HR RBI AVG OBP SLG RSL5
Tampa Bay 93 319 .260 .333 .435 21
NY Yankees 113 359 .258 .334 .448 27

The Yankees get the nod when it comes to offense. Austin Meadows leads the Rays with a .314 BA. Brandon Lowe is tops on the team with 15 homers and 44 ribbies. For the Yankees, LeMahieu is batting .311 to lead the team. Gary Sanchez is the leader with 20 HRs, while Luke Voit is tops on the team with 45 RBIs.

Starting Pitchers

W-L IP ERA WHIP K/9 OPS
Ryne Stanek-R 0-1 40.1 2.45 1.09 9.60 .600
J.A. Happ-L 6-3 75.1 4.66 1.19 7.29 .769

Stanek has done a solid job in the opener role for Tampa Bay. Over his last 10 appearances, he has allowed just two earned runs. Last time out, he gave up an unearned run over 1.1 innings versus the Los Angeles Angels. Happ has been up and down this season. For his last start, he allowed four earned runs over five innings to the White Sox. For his previous two starts, he allowed just two total runs.

The Bullpens

ERA SV IP OPS WHIP K/9
Tampa Bay 3.30 18 321.1 .678 1.23 8.82
NY Yankees 3.99 23 266.0 .699 1.27 10.08

Tampa Bay hurlers have better overall numbers, and they do it over more innings as the team is a fan of using openers. Stanek generally only lasts two innings or less. Happ has thrown for five innings or more for each of his last four starts.

The Verdict

A projected total of 10 runs suggests we may see some fireworks for game two of this series. Stanek does a solid job of setting the table for the Rays, while Happ has been hit or miss. We like the Rays for the first game on tonight’s ticket.

The Bet
TAMPA BAY RAYS

Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM EST, NBCSCHI

Money line:

  • White Sox +1.5 +100
  • Cubs -1.5 -120
Money line:

  • White Sox +212
  • Cubs -230
Total Points:

  • Over 8.5 (-120)
  • Under 8.5 (+100)

White Sox vs. Cubs Pick:

The White Sox had yesterday off after a four-game weekend home series with the Yankees. The club took the first two games of the set, but the visitors rebounded to win the final two. The Cubs also had a day off on Monday after losing three of four at the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend.

The Matchup

Record Streak L10 STD RS RA
White Sox 34-36 L2 5-5 3-AL Central 302 359
Cubs 39-32 L1 5-5 2-NL Central 363 302

The series with the Yankees wrapped up a 3-3 homestand for the White Sox. The team will be on the road for the next eight games. On the year, the club is 14-19 in away games. The Cubs closed out a tough 2-5 road trip before returning home. The team is 24-11 at home this season.

The Bats

HR RBI AVG OBP SLG RSL5
White Sox 81 288 .254 .313 .405 29
Cubs 113 351 .252 .337 .448 20

The Cubs have the overall advantage, but Whits Sox bats have been more productive recently. Tim Anderson is batting .315 to lead the White Sox. Jose Abreu is tops with 17 homers and 54 RBIs. For the Cubs, Willson Contreras is batting .287 to lead the team. Anthony Rizzo is the team leader with 19 HRs and 51 ribbies.

Starting Pitchers

W-L IP ERA WHIP K/9 OPS
Ivan Nova-R 3-5 77.1 6.28 1.60 5.94 .906
Cole Hamels-L 6-2 84.2 2.98 1.18 8.82 .636

Nova has had a number of tough outings this season. He has allowed three earned runs or more for each of his last three starts. Last time out, he gave up four over 5.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Yankees. Hamels had one blowup spot with six earned runs at the end of May, but he has been stellar since then. For his last game, he pitched seven innings of scoreless ball in a win over the Rockies.

The Bullpens

ERA SV IP OPS WHIP K/9
White Sox 4.27 16 232.0 .727 1.38 8.42
Cubs 4.16 16 227.1 .738 1.44 9.11

These two bullpens are real close statistically, so there’s no major advantage to be found. Nova has lasted five innings or more for each of his last five appearances. Hamels is on a run of seven innings or more for his last three starts.

The Verdict

The Cubs had a miserable road trip, but a return home with Hamels on the mound should help to right the ship. They’re big favorites tonight for a reason. We’re rolling with the Cubs for game two on this evening’s parlay ticket.

The Bet
CHICAGO CUBS

Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 PM EST, FSAZ

Money line:

  • Colorado +1.5 -150
  • Arizona -1.5 +130
Money line:

  • Colorado +133
  • Arizona -143
Total Points:

  • Over 10 (-112)
  • Under 10 (-108)

Rockies vs. Diamondbacks Pick:

The Rockies were home this weekend for what turned out to be an epic series with the San Diego Padres. The teams split the four games and combined for a modern MLB-record 92 runs over the set. The Diamondbacks spent the weekend splitting four games at home with the Washington Nationals.

The Matchup

Record Streak L10 STD RS RA
Colorado 37-34 L1 5-5 2-NL West 405 393
Arizona 38-35 L1 7-3 3-NL West 384 326

For the four-day fireworks show in Colorado, the Rockies put an incredible 48 runs on the board. The club is 15-19 in away games thus far. The Diamondbacks put 23 runs up for their four-game set with the Nationals. The team is 14-16 at home on the season.

The Bats

HR RBI AVG OBP SLG RSL5
Colorado 93 391 .271 .332 .465 49
Arizona 114 367 .258 .322 .461 25

Arizona gets the edge on the long ball, but the Rockies have the advantage everywhere else. David Dahl is batting .336 to lead Colorado. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story are tied for the team lead with 17 homers. Arenado is tops with 57 RBIs. Eduardo Escobar leads the Diamondbacks with a .292 BA and 58 ribbies. Ketel Marte is the team leader with 20 HRs.

Starting Pitchers

W-L IP ERA WHIP K/9 OPS
Antonio Senzatela-R 5-5 64.0 5.48 1.63 4.92 .859
Merrill Kelly-R 7-6 82.0 3.73 1.27 6.92 .726

Senzatela has had some solid outings over 12 appearances, but he was tagged pretty well last time out. He gave up six earned runs over four innings in a loss to the Cubs. Kelly has started 14 games this year. He has been dealing for his last three with just two total runs allowed. Last time out, he held the Philadelphia Phillies off the scoreboard for 7.2 innings to get the win.

The Bullpens

ERA SV IP OPS WHIP K/9
Colorado 4.43 12 254.0 .747 1.38 8.26
Arizona 4.39 16 264.2 .771 1.38 8.64

This is another bullpen matchup which is just too close to call. Before leaving his last start after just four innings, Senzatela had made it to six innings for three games in a row. Kelly has lasted six innings or more for each of his last four outings.

The Verdict

Both clubs had yesterday off. It’ll be interesting to see if the Rockies bats have cooled off after going haywire over the weekend. Kelly has been much better than Senzatela this season, and he has looked great of late. We like Arizona for the final game on this evening’s parlay ticket.

The Bet
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Author Details
Chris Feery

Chris has been covering sports professionally since 2014. Initially focused on the NFL and College Football, he has branched out to cover all of the other major team sports such as MLB, NHL, NBA, and College Basketball. Chris also has extensive experience in the world of fantasy sports. His work has been recognized on two separate occasions by the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association. From parlays to power rankings and previews to picks, Chris prides himself on delivering exceptional content with actionable information.

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