It’s another slow Monday for MLB, as the weekend’s slate was more than enough baseball action for most. There are only five games on the schedule for today, although the LA Dodgers ball girl who tackled a fan on the field will get a well-deserved day off. The US may have lost the gold medal to Japan in baseball at the Olympic Games on Saturday, but MLB ball promises to deliver more runs.
Reds Face the Indians
In the first of our MLB picks and parlays, the Cincinnati Reds (61-51) will take on the Cleveland Indians (54-55) today in a makeup game that had to be postponed on May 9 due to storms. The Reds just swept the Pittsburgh Pirates, leading them to a 10-2 record over the last 12, and are ready for another win. Cleveland, on the other hand, is essentially washed up already for the season, even though they just went 2-1 against the Detroit Tigers. The Reds are -180 to win, which should be an easy play. Since Cincinnati should be well-rested, taking them on the run line of -1.5 (-110) makes sense. An Under 9.5 (-107) is a good option, as well, as the Indians won’t be able to find their rhythm.
Brewers Visit the Windy City
The Milwaukee Brewers (66-46) are off to Chicago to take on the Cubs (52-61) tonight to start a four-game series. The Brewers have been playing well, going 13-7 in their last 20 games, but still took a beating against the San Francisco Giants in that three-game series. The Cubs, however, are slipping and are now 6-14 across their last 20. The Brewers have a 9-3 record against the Cubs, which makes the -200 they’re getting a no-brainer, but too pricey. Taking them at -1.5 (-120) on the run line is a strong play, especially since Milwaukee is 31-19 against the spread in division games. While this seems like it could be a high-scoring game, taking the Under 8.5 (+105) is a good option since Chicago is averaging less than four runs per game at home this year.
Twins Host the Other Chicago Team
The Minnesota Twins (48-64) host the Chicago White Sox (66-46) tonight in a game they’re not looking forward to. This is the first of a three-game series between the two, and the White Sox should dominate from beginning to end. The -220 the White Sox are getting doesn’t leave a lot of benefit, but the Twins have a chance to give bettors some cash. Taking Minnesota at +1.5 (+105) in the run line could pay out since the Twins have had their last six games decided two runs or less. The Over/Under stands at 9.5, but taking the Under (+100) can also payout. Weather will be a factor tonight, and will keep the long shots from happening.
KC Royals On a Slow Slide
The KC Royals (48-62) meet the New York Yankees (61-50) tonight, having lost two of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend. The Yankees, on the other hand, took three of four against the Seattle Mariners. Although the Royals can score tonight, it won’t be enough and the -190 the Yankees are getting could see a little action. The run line, at -1.5 (-115) for the Yanks is a given and bettors can expect a lot of long drives. Taking the Over 10.5 (-105), with New York doing most of the work, is a fair play.
Padres Continue to Work Their Magic
The San Diego Padres (64-49) continue to have a decent season, even though they’ve been in a drought lately. When they meet the Miami Marlins (47-65) tonight for the first of a three-game series, they should be able to keep heading in the right direction. Miami has now dropped seven of their last nine on the road and has struggled since the All-Star Game. The Padres are getting -215, which doesn’t have a lot of upside. The run line is a better target, with the Padres easily able to beat the -1.5 (-105). The Over/Under stands at 8 (-120) and taking the Under is the play after both teams have had some trouble on the mound lately.