This Week’s Betting Edge: The Boys of Summer Return

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Swinging Johnson

Monday, April 2, 2018 5:57 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 2, 2018 5:57 PM UTC

Major League Baseball is back and there are already a few betting trends that we can follow throughout the week. Let’s take a look at some teams that may be worth backing or fading in our MLB picks this week.

Boston Red Sox

Alex Cora is the new man in Beantown, but it didn’t take long for Red Sox Nation to bring the heat after he pulled ace Chris Sale after six innings with a pitch count that was in the low 90s against the lowly Tampa Bay Rays last Thursday. Sale had cruised and was in complete command of a 4-0 lead. But Cora, the ever-cautious new manager who vowed to keep his starters fresh in October, removed Sale and handed the ball to his bullpen, which proceeded to get ripped for six runs in the eighth inning and ultimately lost a 6-4 decision.

Fast forward to Monday and Boston has reeled off three consecutive wins to capture the four-game set 3-1 and move onto another weak sister in Miami for a two-game series. The Red Sox will then host the Rays for a three-game set in Boston. The starting pitching has looked sensational with their first four starters allowing a run or less for the first time in the franchise’s 118-year history. If the hitting begins to click -- and it will -- look out because Boston will breeze through the lower-tier competition. They have the opportunity to do just that this week. The MLB odds will make Boston substantial favorites, but if you fit them in with your parlays this week it could pay dividends come Monday morning of next week.

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In 17 games against the National League since joining the Red Sox, Craig Kimbrel has yet to allow a run or walk a batter (17.0 IP, 20 K, opponents 6-for-56). In his career, Kimbrel is 37-for-37 in Interleague save opportunities, the longest saves streak in Interleague history.

— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) April 2, 2018
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Chicago White Sox

The boys from the South Side are 2-0 in the early going with a 14-7 slugfest over the Royals in the opening game and then a narrow 4-3 victory thanks to a three-run rally in the eighth inning. The series finale was postponed, but now Chicago packs up and moves on to Toronto for a three-game set and then welcomes the Tigers at home for another three-game series to end the week. This could be a prime opportunity to fade the White Sox as their pitching is suspect and their opponents could very well exploit that glaring deficiency. Keep an eye out for those teams that may be overachieving but are due to come back to earth and bet against them in your MLB picks.

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Washington Nationals

The Nats usually begin their season with a bang, and this year is no different as they swept the Reds in their four-game set, although one of which was postponed. Washington will continue their road trip against the lowly Atlanta Braves, who may be 2-1 on the season but were a dismal 72-90 last year. That looks like a perfect opportunity to lay the lumber and grab the cash.

The Nats will depart Atlanta and return home to welcome the Mets to DC. Again, it’s just another divisional foe ripe for the plucking as New York was an even worse 70-92 in 2017. Watch Max Scherzer and his fellow starters rip off a series of wins and be sure to get on the train because it’s about to arrive this week!

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