Mariners to Give Twins Big Chill; Bats to Rake in A's-Angels Tilt

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Mark Lathrop

Sunday, April 8, 2018 11:49 AM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 8, 2018 11:49 AM GMT

Our MLB handicapper, Mark Lathrop, is feeling it after an 11-3-1 (+7.84u) start and wants to mix up today with two parlays that are sure to bring some excitement to your MLB wagering card.

MLB: Double Play: Double Parlay Sunday FundayMariners (4-3 SU) vs. Twins (4-3 SU)Free MLB Pick: Mariners ML/Under 9 Runs Parlay +320Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Minnesota Twins will be wishing they didn’t implode the Metrodome, as the weather will be below freezing at first pitch today in their game against the Seattle Mariners. The weather didn’t seem to bother the visiting Mariners on Saturday, as they lit up the Twins for 11 runs on 12 hits in a 11-4 shellacking. Taking the mound for the Twins is Lance Lynn, who in his first start with Minnesota last week got absolutely pounded by the Pirates and allowed 5 earned runs in four innings. His BABIP for the game was .182, so it could have been much worse for Lynn as the numbers show.

The Mariners counter with Marco Gonzales, who has not faced any batter of the Twins in his career thus far. He’s coming off of a winning decision against San Francisco when he allowed three runs over six and a third innings last week. Even though he didn’t blow anyone away in that start, what he did do was put up a 61.9% ground-ball rate. Add in that it will be below freezing and I like the approach that Gonzales will bring to the table. I really like the "under" in this game because of the weather, but I’m going to spice things up by parlaying the Mariners on the moneyline as one of my Sunday MLB Picks of the Day.

Athletics (3-6 SU) vs. Angels (6-2 SU)Free MLB Pick: Angels ML/Over 8.5 Parlay +198Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Oakland Athletics go up against the biggest phenomenon in baseball as Shohei Ohtani takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels today in his second MLB start. It just so happens that his first start was against the Athletics as well; last week Ohtani put up six innings of 3-run ball while only giving up three hits. The Athletics are coming off two games in which they had success at the plate, mostly off the Angels' depleted bullpen. I’m not going to pretend like I can predict Ohtani’s performance here in his second start.

Kendall Graveman gets the start for the Athletics after giving up four runs against Texas last week. Graveman has terrible marks against the Angels' projected lineup, so I’m expecting some success for Los Angeles' offense. For instance, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Luis Valbuena, and Zack Cozart have career slugging percentages of more than .600 against Graveman. Because the trend in this series has been "over" and I’m drinking the Ohtani Kool-Aid, I will parlay the Angels moneyline with "over" 8.5 runs as another Sunday MLB Pick.

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