Monday's abbreviated 8-game MLB slate still offers keen cappers like yours truly plenty of opportunity to make a profit. I'm 7-1-1 in my last 9 games and this season has been going my way.
Joe C. Record - 32-12-1 +17.66 Units
We were on a nice 7-1-1 run as Jacob deGrom and the Mets disposed of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the Dodgers couldn't hold down the fort in Sunday Night Baseball against the Cards as they relinquished the lead late in the game. So close to winning possibly 10 straight games for a 2nd time this season, but the bottom line is profit and there's plenty of time in this season as it's just starting to heat up a month before the All-Star Game.
Houston Astros (34-24) vs. Chicago White Sox (25-30): 4 Game Losing Streak For the "Stros"
The Astros have been the talk of the season as there's a dramatic improvement in their team. However, Houston has hit an unlikely 4 game losing streak and they're running into one of the best pitchers in the league in Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox. Even though the White Sox are a bottom-feeder themselves, this is the rare time that if you bet on Chicago, you can obtain Sale at appealing betting odds.
Of course, the Astros are Jose Altuve's team, but he's gotten off to a slow start to the season and has finally gotten on track at .296. Last season, if I recall, Altuve hit somewhere around .340. The Astros have a nice blend of players from the speed and ability to make contact of Jose Altuve to the pure power of former Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis. Gattis isn't hitting for average, but he's getting timely hits and makes a major difference in the Astros lineup.
For the season, Gattis has 12 HR and 38 RBI and is 5 for 13 with 1 HR and 1 RBI against the White Sox. Although Sale can be unhittable at times, all it takes is one swing of the bat from Gattis to change the complexion of a baseball game. Don't count him out.
When you pitch 7 innings of 3 hit ball and strike out 13 batters such as Chris Sale, you expect and deserve a win. The White Sox aren't the hardest hitting team, but they do contain players such as Jose Abreu to help Sale's cause. in Sale's last 2 outings, he's pitched 14 innings, allowed 7 hits, struck out an amazing 25 batters and hasn't allowed a single run. Although Houston is the superior team, they're on a losing streak and good pitching wins games. Chris Sale (5-2, 3.27) is pitching like a beast after a couple of poor early May starts. This is a great spot to back Chicago with MLB Picks.
MLB Pick- Chicago -130 at 5 Dimes
Arizona Diamondbacks (27-29) vs. LA Dodgers (32-25): Lack of Offense Being Displayed
Both of these teams surely have the ability to put up a ton of runs, but Arizona was embarrassed by the Mets power at Chase Field as they were left helpless and the Dodgers haven't been scoring a ton of runs themselves as last night's game gave you a good indication that this isn't a big-time offensive squad.
I mentioned this yesterday; Once the opposing pitcher get's past the D'Backs first 3 hitters, there's not much there to deal with.
Paul Goldschmidt is having an MVP-like season yet he has no protection in the lineup. This even makes his season that much better. Where the Dodgers are concerned, they've scored a total of 6 runs in their last 4 games. If Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke don't pitch, the Dodgers have a difficult time winning ball games because aside from Joc Pederson (17 HR, 33 RBI, .258 BA) and Adrian Gonzalez (11 HR, 39 RBI, .330 BA), their lineup isn't very imposing.
Another reason why we can see a low total in this game is the pitching of Mike Bolsinger. Bolsinger has allowed just 1 earned run in 19 2/3 innings at Dodger Stadium. That's an ERA of 0.46 ERA. Being that I don't think the Dodgers are worthy of laying a decent amount of juice, I like the MLB odds offered for the under in this game. Both of these teams have been nothing to write home about.
MLB Pick- Dodgers/Diamondbacks Under 7.5 at 5 Dimes