Four-pick cross-sport parlay for Wednesday (+975 odds): NHL Playoffs and MLB
We have put together a 4-pick cross-sport parlay that will take you right through Wednesday, including action from the NHL and MLB. Three picks are taken from the MLB, with one from the NHL. A winning ticket would give us a nice payout with odds of +975 at DraftKings. Let’s break down each of these plays.
MLB: San Diego Padres ML (-130) vs St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 pm ET
Yu Darvish will be called upon to salvage the series for the Padres in St. Louis and he may the right guy to get them back on track. He has allowed just 2 runs combined in his last 2 starts and has posted a respectable 3.76 ERA.
On the other hand, Dakota Hudson takes the mound for the Cardinals and his peripherals are not as trustworthy. He has strung together a couple solid performances with 2 shutout appearances in his past 3 starts, but his xERA sits at 5.61 compared to his 3.22 ERA, suggesting that major regression is on the way. This San Diego offense has a perfect opportunity to provide Darvish with plenty of run support and pick up the win on Wednesday afternoon.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for San Diego Padres vs St. Louis Cardinals
MLB: Houston Astros -1.5 (-125) vs Oakland Athletics, 3:37 pm ET
The Athletics will try to defy the odds and take down the Astros behind lefty Cole Irvin. Irvin has a respectable 3.15 ERA, but he’s due for major regression as evidenced by his xERA of 5.00. This Houston lineup has the type of power to expose Irvin’s struggles, as they present a dangerous threat of batters from both sides of the plate. At the end of the day, the Astros are on a different level than the struggling A’s right now, they have a significant advantage on the mound with Justin Verlander, and have a better lineup from top to bottom, so look for the Astros to complete the sweep on the run line.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
MLB: San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies – Over 8 runs (-110), 6:05 pm ET
The over is hot for both of these teams. Philadelphia’s strong offensive production and weak pitching production has been a big reason for this. The total has gone over in 4 of their last 5 games and in 7 of their last 10. The over is 27-21-2 this season in Philadelphia games. In Giants games, the over has hit in 14 of their last 20 games and in 4 of their last 6 on the road. The over is 27-20-1 in San Francisco games this year. Overs trends follow these teams and Wednesday’s game should not be an exception.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies
NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning ML (-130) vs New York Rangers, 8:10 pm ET
Offensively, there is a slight edge to the Lightning. Both teams are tied for 4th in expected goals out of the 8 teams in the 2nd round of the playoffs, but the Lightning converted more on their chances. Even though the Lightning only played 4 games in the 2nd round, they still averaged 3.25 goals per game. In 7 games, the Rangers only averaged 2.85 goals per game.
Defensively, the advantage goes to the Lightning as well. The Rangers’ defense has relied too heavily on starting goalie, Igor Shesterkin, as they ranked last in expected goals against in the 2nd round. On top of having the best goalie in the 2nd round, the Lightning ranked 3rd in expected goals against and only allowed 3 goals total in their last series. Take the rested team with a better defense and place your bet on the Lightning money line.