Tackling Monday's Total Run Betting Odds After a Perfect Sunday

Ross Benjamin

Monday, June 29, 2015 12:16 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 29, 2015 12:16 PM UTC

After another perfect day of baseball betting predictions, Ross Benjamin is pleased to share his pair of over/under picks for Red Sox (Buchholz) vs. Blue Jays (Dickey) and Royals (Blanton) vs. Astros (McCullers).

Red Sox (Buchholz) vs. Blue Jays (Dickey) 7:07 PM ET
Clay Buchholz has made three starts already versus Toronto in 2015, and has far from impressive numbers in those outings. He’s posted a sizable 6.60 ERA and 1.67 WHIP during those starts versus Toronto’s AL East rival.

R.A. Dickey has also made three starts versus Boston in 2015. During those outings he’s compiled a lofty 6.16 ERA, and allowed 4 home runs in 19.0 innings. Toronto is averaging 5.7 runs per game, and has smashed 57 home runs in 40 outings at home this season.

Both of these lineups obviously stack up pretty well versus Monday’s starting pitchers. I like this game to be a high scoring affair for one of my MLB picks today. After shopping all the major sportsbooks for the best price on this total, I’ve determined that 5Dimes will receive my wager.

MLB Picks: Play the Red Sox and Blue Jays over 8.5


Royals (Blanton) vs. Astros (McCullers) 8:10 PM ET
Joe Blanton has been very impressive in two starts for his new club. In those two outings, Blanton has an excellent 1.64 ERA and 0.64 WHIP. He also struck out 11 and walked none. The Royals have gone 19-6 (76%) under the total this season when facing an opponent with a winning record like the Astros possess. The Royals bullpen has been nothing short of spectacular this season, posting a collective 2.06 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.

Lance McCullers has been lights out in four home starts this season. He posted a superb 1.17 ERA during those outings. McCullers has also displayed terrific form during his last five starts overall, compiling a superb 0.89 WHIP during that time. The Astros bullpen has been terrific during the first half of the season, and especially so at home. Houston relievers have a 2.00 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and their nearly 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio is very impressive to say the least.

Although I have never had a lot of faith in Joe Blanton, he’ll be facing a free swinging Houston team tonight which should work to his advantage. Granted the Astros lead all of Major League Baseball this season with 110 home runs, they’ve also struck out an enormous 728 times, and that equates to 9.3 per game. In deciding which way of the total run odds I will lean towards, I have determined this to be a low-scoring game. I’m going to use 5Dimes for this wager based on their favorable price.

MLB Picks: Play on the Royals and Astros under 7.5

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