There's a typically full boat of games on the coming Sunday MLB betting menu, as various weekend series come to a close. Here are three games on the card that seem to offer particularly good betting opportunities.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Minnesota Twins - Sunday, 2:10 PM ET
The Brewers are sending Mike Fiers to the mound for this game. Fiers has worked his ERA from 5.46 down to 4.06 over his last five starts. He has not given up more than two runs in any of his last five starts. However, one thing that's worth noting is that Fiers regularly gives the St. Louis Cardinals problems. He has done historically well against that team, so when you realize that he went six shutout innings against the Redbirds in his most recent start on June 1, he was going up against a team he knows very well -- the Brewers, after all, are in the Cardinals' division, the National League Central. It's going to be very different for Fiers going up against a team he normally doesn't face, the Minnesota Twins, who have surprised everyone by grabbing the lead – even ahead of the defending American League champion Kansas City Royals – in the American League Central. The Twins will send Mike Pelfrey to the mound. Pelfrey has been absolutely outstanding this season. In his last 10 starts, he has given up more than two earned runs only twice. He's been relentlessly consistent. In his last three starts, he has given up a combined total of three runs - one per start in a total of 20 innings. That's intimidating for an opposing batting order. As well as Fiers has been pitching recently, you should trust Pelfrey from a betting standpoint. Take the Twins confidently here. They're a lot better than the Brewers and are playing at home.
MLB Pick: Minnesota -108 at BetOnline
Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals - Sunday, 4:05 PM ET
The Chicago Cubs send Kyle Henricks to the bump on Sunday. He has a 3.99 ERA, which is not awful, but certainly not particularly good, in the National League. Hendricks was ordinary in his last start against the Miami Marlins on June 2, giving up four runs in six innings. That's not what the Cubs are expecting from him. Hendricks gave up a total of just one run in his previous two starts, but that level of form has not been consistently displayed this season. This is what makes it hard to rely on Hendricks in this game.
Washington has the more dependable starter. Jordan Zimmermann has an ERA of 2.88. He has not given up more than three runs in a game since April 29, and he has not given up more than three earned runs in a game since April 13. He's been a horse for the Nationals, who have come a long way from their terrible month of April, when they fell several games out of first place. Washington should certainly be regarded as the clear favorite on the MLB odds in this game.
MLB Pick: Washington -138 at The Greek
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves - Sunday, 1:35 PM ET
The Pirates will give the ball to their staff ace, Gerrit Cole. The UCLA product has quickly established himself as a top-of-the-line pitcher. He has a microscopic ERA of 1.90. He has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last 10 starts. He has not allowed more than two runs in nine of those 10 starts, and he hasn't allowed more than one run in four of those starts. He's a machine, and it's going to be very hard for Atlanta to get to him in this one.
The Braves will entrust starter Alex Wood with this game. Wood has a solid 3.19 ERA. He has not given up more than one earned run in each of his last three starts, totaling 22 innings. You should value Wood's pitching, but you should value Cole's pitching even more. Take Pittsburgh with your MLB picks.
MLB Pick: Pittsburgh -136 at 5Dimes