Mining the Diamond: Big Blue & Bombers Best Bets in our Thursday Night MLB Picks

Cody Bellinger

Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:15 PM GMT

Mining the Diamond mined two more gems last night to make it 5-0 over the last two days. Let’s review the MLB odds and keep this money train rolling!

Marlins (14-25, -12.0 units) vs. Dodgers (23-18, -3.8 units)
  • Los Angeles is 19-3 (+15.6 Units) at home when the total is 8 to 8.5 over the last two seasons.

  • Los Angeles is 5-0 (+5.0 units) at home when the total is 8 to 8.5 this season.

  • Los Angeles is 13-6 (+2.0 units) in home games this season.

  • Miami is 8-21 (-14.6 units) in night games this season.

  • Miami is 3-13 (-11.2 units) in May games this season.

  • Miami is 1-5 (-3.4 units) as a road underdog of +125 to +175 this season.

  • Miami is 9-16 (-8.3 units) when the total is 8 to 8.5 this season.

The Dodgers have struggled this season to hit their stride but last night they snapped a three-game skid with a decisive 6-1 victory over the Giants and now return home to face the weak hitting Marlins. Big Blue has averaged six runs per game in the month of May while Miami has managed just 3 ½ runs per game during that same time frame. In addition, the Marlins have won just one game in their last nine outings and tonight should be no different. Let’s follow the trends and back the home chalk in our MLB picks tonight.

Free MLB Pick: Dodgers -182Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Yankees (24-13, +9.6 units) vs. Royals (16-23, --6.0 units)
  • Kansas City is 8-14 (-5.5 units) after a loss this season.

  • Kansas City is 6-9 (-3.6 units) at home when the money line is +125 to -125 this season.

  • Kansas City is averaging just 2.6 runs per game against left-handed starters this season.

  • New York is 16-6 (+9.7 Units) after a win this season.

  • New York is 16-9 (+5.5) in night games this season.

  • New York is 12-6 (+5.7 units) when the total is 8 to 8.5 this season.

The MLB odds on the Yankees is highly palatable for those who want to back the Pinstripers in the final game of a three-game set with the Royals. New York is gunning for a sweep and we see no reason why they won’t get it. The previous two games were won by scores of 7-1 and 11-7 with barely a sweat broken by New York as they had a comfortable lead throughout last night’s 11-7 victory until Kansas City put up four meaningless runs when the game was well out of hand.

Tonight the Yankees will send 24-year-old Jordan Montgomery to the hill who has been a solid addition to the rotation, with the exception of his last start when he was tagged for four runs on eight hits in six innings of work in a 5-1 loss to the Astros. On the flipside, KC’s Danny Duffy is 1-2 with a 7.29 ERA in his seven outings against New York and has gone winless over his last five starts against the Bombers. Let’s also keep in mind we have the second-ranked offense of New York pitted against the anemic lineup of Kansas City which ranks dead last in the majors in runs scored. Lay the small price with road favorites here.

Free MLB Pick: Yankees -111Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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