Tricky Monday For Baseball Totals Betting

Doug Upstone

Monday, August 21, 2017 3:53 PM UTC

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 3:53 PM UTC

As per usual, the number of betting choices for a Monday are reduced during the hardball season, both for the money line and baseball totals. Fear not, we just have to dig deeper for answers.

It turns out we have only nine games to choose from and two are particularly challenging, as the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota are playing a doubleheader. While certainly not true every time, however the first game plays out the second contest tends to be the opposite. On occasion you might have a great pitching matchup in the opener and two hurlers who are spot starters in the second tilt, which might help for making MLB picks; nonetheless, that does not occur frequently and this is not happening in the Twin Cities later today.

One aspect we do know, I have righted the ship over the weekend after a bumpy weekday against the MLB odds and lifted record to 22-16 against the sportsbooks. Here is what I am looking at tonight.


Hoping Vanna White and Fate Steer Selection in Right Direction

Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz (4.75 ERA) has been shelled in his past two starts after being effective most of the year. The Braves right-hander has a name that seems like a natural for "Wheel of Fortune," with contestants needing to buy vowels and consonants to solve his name.

After striking out 11 with no walks vs. Miami, Foltynewicz has walked seven and struck out six in only six innings over two starts and been crushed for 14 runs. Both of those starts were on the road, and being back home where he is has a steadier 3.68 ERA, Foltynewicz should be more reliable.

Andrew Albers will start for Seattle and his motivation will be high after being traded by the Braves to the Mariners recently. Albers had a 2.61 ERA at Atlanta's Triple-A club this season and allowed one run in five innings six days ago in his only start this season. Probably tempting fate with these two pitchers, but my money will be on the UNDER 9.5.

Free MLB Pick: 'Under' 9.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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AL West Rivalry Has Pitcher's Duel Feel

The Rangers' Cole Hamels (3.48) at 33 does not have the darting mid-90s fastball he did in his mid-20s, but the left-hander still knows how to pitch and has a vast array to fluster opposing hitters, which is why he has a 1.64 ERA in his last three starts. After missing three months with a strained oblique, the Angels' Tyler Skaggs (3.63) is rounding into form and could be why the Angels make the playoffs. The Anaheim lefty has a 2.93 ERA over his last three starts and will go against Texas lineup that averages 4.3 runs per game on the road compared to 5.8 in Arlington. With the Rangers 29-12 UNDER revenging a loss as a home favorite of -200 or more and the Halos 16-6 UNDER after seven or more consecutive away games, the UNDER 8.5 is inviting.

Free MLB Pick: 'Under' 8.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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