It’s our second Saturday of baseball and while we are not sure we will make it to a third, it seems safe enough to make baseball picks today.
With the baseball season seemingly standing on the cliff looking down and ready to tumble, the overall situation is much like life itself, day to day. In that same way, we should be grateful we have MLB odds to look at and break down and hope we can have the same opportunity tomorrow to do the same.
We once again take a deep dive into the aspects of the totals for sports betting and look to discover a profitable trio of MLB picks.
Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins
Saturday, August 01, 2020 – 07:10 PM EDT at Target Field
We know the Red Sox and Yankees draw a great deal of national attention, but the best series is taking place where the state license plate says – 10,000 Lakes. Cleveland and Minnesota are doing battle and this is Game 3 of 4 in this Midwestern rivalry.
The Indians come into this clash more known for their pitching than swinging the bats, while the Twins offense is like the local mythical character Paul Bunyan, who carried a big stick of lumber with a large sharp metal piece attached, somewhat similar to what the Minnesota players do, minus the metal part.
Sportsbooks like 5Dimes are trying to find the right sweet spot on setting a total and have landed in 9.
Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 3.00 ERA) is the scheduled Tribe starter and he’s been up and down against Minnesota with a 4.15 ERA in 21 starts and is 12-9 UNDER. Minny will counter with Kenta Maeda (1-0, 3.60) who has never started a contest against Cleveland.
The first conflict was a low-scoring affair with Cleveland winning 2-0 and they are 26-11 UNDER versus a team with a bullpen that converts on 75% or more of their save opportunities. With Maeda 16-4 UNDER as a home favorite of -110 or higher recently, let’s go low. My play is Under 9 (-110) at 5Dimes. (Visit our 5Dimes Review).
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 08:10 PM EDT at Chase Field
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been more disappointing than Adam Sandler’s latest movie – Uncut Gems, at least in this writer’s opinion. Much like the movie, the D-Backs offense is hard to watch and through the first contest in the series, they are averaging an abysmal 2.9 runs a contest.
That doesn’t figure to get much better against Dodgers lefthander Julio Urias (1.80), who has not started against the Snakes. Plus, the Los Angeles bullpen is more than capable of keeping the volume down on the D-Backs bats.
There is a good chance the Dodgers will score runs off of Arizona starter Luke Weaver (0-1, 16.22) who has made it easier to understand why St. Louis traded him away. Don’t look for the righthander to be as miserable as his first start (6 runs, 7 hits, and 2 walks in 3 1/3 innings), just not overly effective either.
Eventually, the Dodgers will score on Weaver and get a couple off the D-Backs bullpen, while giving up three runs and win the contest 6-3, leading to an UNDER play. I like Under 9.5 (-110) at 5Dimes. (Visit our 5Dimes Review).
Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners
Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 09:10 PM EDT at T-Mobile Park
Seattle’s offense has posted a few big numbers this week. The way their pitchers have performed, they could very well need the offense to put up a bundle. The Mariners pitching staff is permitting more than 7 RPG and for those playing along at home, that means Seattle has to tally eight runs to have a chance to win.
It’s not like that will be the case even in a shortened season, nonetheless, sending out Yusei Kikuchi (12.27) to start the game has to be encouraging for Oakland hitters. Kikuchi’s ERA against the A’s is not as awful as his first start at 4.29, still, the M’s bullpen is at best a work in progress and he is 3-1 OVER facing the Athletics.
Mike Fiers of Houston fame, which led to the Astros cheating scandal, gave up four runs in four innings in his initial outing of 2020 and threw uncomfortably. Maybe, he will be more settled in this start, yet, he’s not had much success facing the Mariners with a 5.93 ERA and has a 9-3 OVER mark.