MLB’s Best Bets For the Week of April 12th to 19th

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MLB’s Best Bets For the Week of April 12th to 19th

If the first week of Major League Baseball is any indication of how the season will go then strong pitching will overcome power hitting as scoring has hit its lowest level in two decades.

There was an average of 8.34 runs per game so far this season through to last night, Sunday, April 12th. That is down from 8.38 through the first eight days of last season and the second-lowest since 1992. Back in 2006, teams averaged 10.51 runs a game over a similar span.

A Closer Look At The MLB’s Best Bets For the Week of April 12th to 19th

Seattle at Los Angeles Dodgers
When: Wednesday, April 15th

Although in Brett Anderson’s first start, a 3 to 0 win over Arizona, his ERA ended up at 4.50, Anderson’s WHIP was only 1.00. Anything under 1.20 is a good WHIP. He should do well on Wednesday.

But Taijuan Walker, the scheduled starter for the Mariners, is supposed to be a dominating guy. In his first start, Oakland pounded him for 9 runs on only 9 hits in 3.1 innings. Walker and the Mariners will offer odds, making Seattle an upset pick on the moneyline in this Wednesday matchup. 

Oakland at Kansas City
When: Friday, April 17th

Man, Sonny Gray has looked good in his first two start of the season. Oakland’s ace has pitched 15.1 innings, yielding only 7 hits and 1 earned run. His ERA and WHIP are both at .59.

Gray and the A’s are going to be huge favorites over Kansas City and Jeremy Guthrie. This is especially true since Guthrie’s ERA stands at 5.14 and Guthrie has allowed Oakland batters to average .294 as a team against him.

Gray has shut down Kansas City’s batters in the past. If Gray and Oakland are giving up the run and a half, consider making a run line wager. If not, then be confident betting on Gray and the A’s to roll over KC as a road favorite on the money line.  

Miami at New York Mets
When: Saturday, April 18th

Mat Latos, Miami’s scheduled starter for Saturday, looked horrible in his first start. He only lasted .2 of an inning after giving up 7 runs off of 6 hits. The Marlins didn’t look much better as a team.

The New York Mets Jacob deGrom pitched very well last week versus the Washington Nationals. Although he took the loss, he pitched 6 innings and gave up only 6 hits and 2 earned runs. His ERA stands at 3.00. deGrom’s given up 13 hits and no home runs versus Miami from 66 at bats. Back the Mets in this Saturday matchup.

San Diego at Chicago Cubs
When: Sunday, April 19th

Jon Lester was okay versus Adam Wainwright in his first debut in a Cubs’ uniform. He figures to be much better versus San Diego on Sunday because Lester’s allowed San Diego batters to hit only .222 against him.

One issue for Lester could be containing Justin Upton who is 5 out of 7 versus the Cubs’ ace. No problem. Chicago has dominated Andrew Cashner, the Padres’ scheduled starter, meaning that Big Jon should get the run support that he lacked when he faced the Cardinals on April 5.