MLB Pick: Pair Of Sharp Underdogs To Wager And Win

Ross Benjamin

Friday, August 5, 2016 5:27 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 5:27 PM UTC

Our MLB handicapping professional shares his top two money line underdogs values for Friday. Go inside to read this compelling betting article filled with fact filled information.

Cincinnati Reds (DeSclafani) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (Taillon) 
You may be surprised to know that Cincinnati has gone a very good 12-6 since returning from the all-star break. The Reds pitching has been terrific over its last seven games. During that course of time, they’ve allowed a paltry 2.1 runs per game, and held opposing batters to a horrible .577 OPS. What’s been especially encouraging has been the performance of their bullpen.

Cincinnati relievers have a combined 1.74 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over that aforementioned seven game period. Anthony DeSclafani will be on the mound today for Cincinnati, and he’s a profitable 7-3 with an impressive 2.93 ERA during his team starts in 2016. He’s also 3-1 in his career team starts against Pittsburgh with a 2.59 ERA, and all of those outings took place last season.

Pittsburgh enters tonight having lost 5 of its previous 6 games. They own a poor .598 OPS during their preceding seven games. In that same time span, the usually reliable Pirates bullpen has compiled an awful 1.68 WHIP. Jameson Taillon has a lofty 4.91 through four starts at PNC Park this year.

Current MLB betting odds clearly provides me with a best money line price for this specific wager.


Free MLB Pick: Reds +137
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Minnesota Twins (Santana) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Snell) 
Minnesota’s Ervin Santana has exhibited outstanding form over his last three starts, proven by a 1.64 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through that stretch. Santana has allowed 2 earned runs or less in six of his previous seven starts, counting a pair of complete game performances.

Minnesota is definitively playing its best baseball of the season of late, going 18-11 in their last 29, and that includes 6-2 during its prior 8 games. The Twins are also averaging a sizable 7.1 runs scored per game over their last seven outings, together with a superb .908 team OPS.

There’s no denying that Tampa Bay’s southpaw starting pitcher Blake Snell possesses a very high ceiling. Nevertheless, Snell has compiled a lofty 1.77 WHIP throughout the course of five starts at Tropicana Field this year. The Rays are 32-49 (.395) when facing a right-handed starting pitcher in 2016. They’re also a dismal 10-17 this season as a money line favorite of -125 to -175.

The Twins are just 14-15 this year when facing southpaw starting pitchers. Nonetheless, that’s far better than its 29-50 record against righties. With all things taken into consideration, I’ll go with the road underdog for one of my Friday MLB picks.


Free MLB Pick: Twins +120
Best Line Offered:  at SportsInteraction

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