When it comes to MLB betting and trying to determine two-team parlays, some days they just jump off the page and other days that is not the case and more digging is required.
Besides the Chicago Cubs looking like a sure thing, only two other contests looked really strong for MLB picks for this baseball handicapper. Turns out this is not my usual parlay with two larger favorites, as I'm going to blend in an underdog I find quite appealing versus the MLB odds. If correct, this sets up for a rather nice payday, so let's breakdown our choices to Friday night.
Top Pick of Parlay
It was not a real day off, however, Pittsburgh did not have to hang around chilly and snowy Denver yesterday and returned home from what turned out to be a solid road trip in which they went 6-3. This has to feel particularly good for the Pirates, as those six victories came in the last seven trips to the park, including four W's in a row.
Pitt starter Juan Nicasio (2-2, 4.50 ERA) was bumped back to today and he is just fine with that. Nicasio has quickly taken a liking to his new surroundings at PNC Park with a 3.00 ERA and 0.75 WHIP while striking out 13 and walking two in two starts. The right-hander has never come up with an effective third pitch, which is why he's become a back of the rotation starter at best, but on a team that can play defense in a more even pitcher's park compared to Coors Field, he should have more success.
Going up against Cincinnati does not hurt either, who is 1-8 on the road and being clobbered in April by 3.7 runs a contest. With the Reds still having three expected starting pitchers still on the DL, Dan Straily (0-0, 3.50) will climb the hill for a third consecutive time and face a Bucs offense that is clicking, averaging 5.4 RPG. SportsBetting has Pittsburgh as -150 home favorites and on the presumption they knock out Straily, the NL's worst bullpen is up next to take swings against. The Pirates are 32-8 at home against teams outscored by 0.5 or more runs a game on the season since 2014.
Back End of Parlay To Close the Deal|
Tonight is the second confrontation between the AL's best road team in the Chicago White Sox at 10-4, versus the league's finest home squad in Baltimore, who is 8-1 at Camden Yards. Last evening the Orioles were decisive winners at 10-2, however, facing John Danks had a lot to do with it.
The White Sox will use a far better pitcher in Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.05), whose only pitched poorly once in four starts and is only 23-years old. Baltimore will counter with Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23), who began his career last May with 14 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two starts. This has looked like a mirage since with a 2-7 record and an enormous 8.46 ERA in his last 10 starts. He has a 1.68 WHIP in those outings while opponents are hitting .319 with 12 home runs. In other words, he's not fooling anyone.
Similar to last night, the Orioles had been slumping at the plate with five runs in four outings, but took a pitcher they could knock around and did. The Pale Hose's 16-7 start has been predicated on pitching, with the offense only tallying 3.7 RPG, nonetheless, having swings at the dish against a ball-chucker like Wright will enhance their chances to score runs.
Chicago is a +104 underdog and they are 9-2 away having won four of five and 12-4 revenging a defeat in which they permitted 10 or more runs.
At these prices, a two-teamer pays out a robust $240 on a $100 wager and is worth consideration.
Free MLB Picks Parlay - Pirates and White Sox Money Line Play. If you want more details on these games, take a look at this rundown of the White Sox vs. Orioles game.