The 2015 Major League Baseball season finishes the month of May on Sunday and here are three MLB picks that will surely help you increase this weekend's payout!
Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds (Sunday, 1:10 PM ET)
The pitching matchup here is a curious one. Former Washington starter-turned-reliever Tanner Roark will work this game as a starter. He had one start on May 25 against the Chicago Cubs and gave up just one run in five innings of work. Roark has a 2.49 ERA from a lot of relief appearances and that one start. He’s made 14 appearances this season, and he’s allowed a total of seven runs in 25 1/3 innings. His consistency strongly points in his favor. He’s a veteran pitcher, someone both the Nationals and bettors should be able to trust.
Cincinnati is going with Michael Lorenzen, a not-well-known starter who has an ERA of 3.12, but it’s the product of only six appearances and four starts in 2015. Lorenzen made three starts a month ago, averaging just under six full innings per start. He gave up a total of five runs in those innings, but then he was shifted to the bullpen for a couple of appearances. On May 26, he returned to the starting rotation and gave up just one run to the Colorado Rockies in seven innings on two hits. That’s a dominant performance, so bettors have a lot to think about here.
Ultimately, Bryce Harper gives the Nationals the best player on the field. Washington’s overall quality should also suggest that the Nats are the better MLB pick here in Cincinnati.
MLB Pick: Washington
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles (Sunday, 1:35 PM ET)
The pitching matchup here has Jake Odorizzi going to the bump for the visiting Rays, and Chris Tillman toeing the rubber for the home standing Orioles. Odorizzi has a 2.31 ERA. He has given up more than three runs only once this season in 10 starts. He has given up more than two runs in only one of his last five starts. He’s been very strong for the surprising Rays, whose pitching has kept them near the top of the American League East. The Orioles can’t be pleased with Tillman, who has a 5.59 ERA. He got roughed up a lot earlier in the year. However, he’s allowed three runs in his last 10 innings of work, and might be on the mend in terms of improving his form. Nevertheless, Odorizzi is a much better pitcher right now. Go with the Rays as the MLB betting odds underdog.
MLB Pick: Tampa Bay
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins (Sunday, 2:10 PM ET)
The Jays go with Drew Hutchison, who has a 5.12 ERA, but who just threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout of the Chicago White Sox on May 25 and might be turning things around. However, his home-away splits point the arrow in Minnesota’s favor. Hutchison has a 2.97, 1.03 WHIP and .219 opponent batting average at home. However, on the road, he’s at 8.03, 1.74 WHIP and .320 opponent batting average.
The Twins go with Ricky Nolasco, whose ERA is amazingly 5.12 as well. He was also strong in his last start, giving up just two runs in 7 2/3 innings against Boston on May 25. He looks like the better option.
MLB Pick: Minnesota