MLB Best Bets Week of April 21st to 26thJosh Bailey
Welcome to week 3 of Major League Baseball and with very few ace’s on a two-start slate this week you will have to target smart MLB bets this week to cash in and here are mine.
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This Week’s Best Baseball Bets
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco
When: Wednesday, April 22nd
So far things haven’t gone as well as to be expected for Clayton Kershaw. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace is 1 and 1 with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. But, he’s already struck out 26 in 18.1 innings pitched. Kershaw has also allowed SF to bat only .179 against him.
San Francisco starts World Series’ hero Madison Bumgarner to counter Kershaw on Wednesday. Bumgraner’s 5.29 ERA is worse than Kershaw’s. The Dodgers’ average .206 against Bumgarner. That could change on Wednesday. LAD has the better batting line-up. Expect the Dodgers to win this battle.
Kansas City at Chicago White Sox
When: Friday, April 24th
The White Sox send Jose Quintana to the mound on Friday to try and handle the Kansas City Royals. After starting out the season 7 and 0, the Royals have slowed down some. They’re still hot enough to put up more than a few runs against Quintana, who allows KC batters to hit .285 against him. What’s worse is that Quintana is 1 and 1 with an 8.40 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.
KC’s starting pitcher, Danny Duffy, is 1 and 0 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Duffy allows White Sox batters to hit .271 against him. This game figures to go over the total with both Duffy and Quintana allowing a lot of runs before the relievers come in. Over the total is the bet to make, but consider backing the Royals as well. They’re middle relief is much better than Chicago’s.
Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
When: Saturday, April 25th
Jake Arrieta takes the mound for the Cubs on Saturday in a game where he figures to have quite a bit of success. Arrieta has a 1.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP overall to go along with a 1 and 1 record. He holds the Reds to a .227 batting average. The Reds have 20 hits from 88 at-bats versus Arrieta.
Cincinnati counters with right-hander Anthony DeSclafani. DeSclafani is pitching about as well as anybody in baseball. His 1.38 ERA and .77 WHIP are excellent. He’s also 1 and 0. Cubs’ batters have only 5 hits from 30 at-bats versus DeSclafani. Even though Chicago could find some success, it’s more likely that the Reds get to Arrieta before the Cubs get to DeSclafani in this matchup. Go with the Reds.
Minnesota at Seattle
When: Sunday, April 26th
The 27-year-old Kyle Gibson, Minnesota’s scheduled starter for Sunday, has had all sorts of issues so far this season. His 1 and 1 record isn’t bad, but he’s struck out only 3 batters in 10.1 innings. He’s got a 6.10 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP. A closer look reveals that in his last start, Gibson held the Royals to only 1 run off of 9 hits in 6.2 innings of work. He bounced back after getting drilled in his first start, which is a good sign.
Seattle sends one of their aces, Hisashi Iwakuma, to the mound. Iwakuma hasn’t pitched like an ace so far in 2015. His ERA is 6.55 and his WHIP is 1.64. Minnesota only bats 1.86 versus Iwakuma, though.
Because the odds are likely to favor Seattle by a wide margin in this game, taking a shot on Gibson and Minnesota is the way to go. Iwakuma looks to be having control issues and Gibson pitched well in his last game.