We are already on week 8 of the 2015 MLB betting season and it’s the busiest week of the year to date with a gargantuan season-high 98 games scheduled to be played in 7 days. There are no shortened, five-game weeks for any teams this week as there are only two interleague series are on the schedule this week; every team plays at least six games and 12 teams play a full seven and here are my picks for the best MLB games to bet on in week 8.
MLB Best Bets For Week 8 – May 25th to May 31st
Atlanta at Los Angeles Dodgers
When: Wednesday, May 27th
The Dodgers send Zack Greinke to the mound. Greinke has pitched as if he’s on a quest for a CY Young award. The second man in the Dodgers’ rotation has a 5 and 1 record, a 1.48 WHIP and a .87 ERA. But versus Atlanta, Greinke hasn’t always excelled. The Braves bat .266 against the Dodgers.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 26, 2015
Alex Wood heads to the mound for Atlanta. Although it’s a limited sample, Wood has only faced Dodger batters 39 times. He’s been very good at keeping L.A. at bay. Wood has allowed only 4 hits from those 39 at-bats including keeping Adrian Gonzalez to 0 for 5. He and Atlanta are the ones to back in this matchup.
New York Yankees at Oakland A’s
When: Friday, May 29th
Chris Capuano, the Yankees’ starter has been getting shelled this season. He’s 0 and 2 with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. Capuano’s only faced the A’s 28 times. He’s yielded 6 hits and a .214 batting average.
Jacob Lindgren is 1st Yankee to make @MLB debut within 1 year of being drafted since OF Deion Sanders (30th rd, '88) debuted on 5/31/89.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 25, 2015
Sonny Gray for the A’s has an ankle issue, but according to manager Bob Melvin, he should be okay for his Friday start versus the Yankees. Gray hasn’t been all that effective versus the Yankees although he’s only faced Yankee batters 17 times striking out 4 in those 17 times. But, he’s also given up 4 hits. If the ankle isn’t 100%, Capuano and the Yanks could pull off a major upset in this one. Don’t invest a lot, but definitely play it since the odds are going to be juicy on NYK to win.
Atlanta at San Francisco
When: Saturday, May 30th
Atlanta’s pitcher, Williams Perez, has recorded a 6.14 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. Perez has never faced San Francisco batters. In any case, the Braves could be in a world of hurt on Saturday because they face San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 26, 2015
Lincecum has come back with a vengeance. His ERA is a terrific 2.08. He’s 4 and 2. The WHIP is slightly off at 1.22, but who cares? Considering where he was last season, baseball bettors have to be impressed with Lincecum. Give up the 1 ½ runs on San Francisco in this matchup.