MLB Monday four-team mega parlay (+1005): Cole to keep Yankees mojo going

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We are getting the Major League Baseball week started with a somewhat modest nine-game slate on Monday. Still, there are plenty of opportunities on the betting market. Among the teams in action are the New York Mets (vs. the Atlanta Braves on ESPN), Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and San Diego Padres. Be sure to check out our picks on the side and total for all of today’s matchups.

Let’s take a look at our four-team mega parlay for Monday.

Cincinnati Reds ML (+135)

Chicago White Sox -1.5 (+145)

New York Yankees -1.5 (-172)

Seattle Mariners ML (-156)

Parlay odds: +1005

For this parlay, we are going with two favorites on the run line, one favorite on the money line, and one underdog outright winner. Here is a breakdown of the four legs one by one.

Cincinnati Reds ML over San Francisco Giants (-135)

The Giants boast the best record in the National League heading into Monday. They would probably have the best record in baseball if not for a shaky bullpen—one that has posted a 4.27 ERA with 12 blown saves through 40 games. This past weekend against the Pirates, San Francisco had to settle for a series split rather than a sweep as a result of blown late-inning leads on Friday and Saturday that ended in losses. A shaky bullpen is not a recipe for success when traveling to one of the most hitter-friendly parks in all of baseball in Cincinnati.

Taking the ball for the Giants this evening will be Logan Webb. He has compiled a disappointing 4.74 ERA so far. Webb has a tough matchup in this one against a Reds offense that ranks second-best in OPS against right-handed pitchers. He will be opposed in this contest by Sonny Gray, who has been phenomenal when pitching at home the last few years and has been great in his last three starts—allowing only three earned runs across 17.1 innings of work.

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Chicago White Sox -1.5 over Minnesota Twins (+145)

If this matchup looks familiar, it’s because it just happened. Dallas Keuchel and J.A. Happ just faced off in Chicago on May 12 and now duel once again five days later. The White Sox took that contest 13-8. Chicago’s outburst was no fluke, either. The Sox are hitting .293 against southpaws this season with a .373 on-base percentage, and—you guessed it—Happ is a lefty. It should also be noted that the 39-year-old is showing his age with his lowest strikeout percentage of his 15-year career and has the highest barrel percentage, hard-hit percentage, and average exit velocity in his last six seasons. Meanwhile, Keuchel has been effective for the most part in 2021 and has been getting a ton of run support.

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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium

New York Yankees -1.5 over Texas Rangers (-172)

The Yankees got off to a slow start this season, while the Rangers surprisingly overachieved. Both of those trends have started to reverse themselves recently, as expected. New York has rebounded from early struggles and is now 13-5 in its last 18 games. The offense looks good, and the Bronx Bombers just put up at least five runs in all three games of their weekend series against Baltimore. The Rangers, on the other hand, have lost six in a row.

To say the Yankees have a huge edge on the mound on Monday, as well, would be a big understatement. Gerrit Cole will oppose Jordan Lyles. Cole has once again looked like arguably the best pitcher in the league, entering with a minuscule 1.37 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in eight starts. He has yet to give up more than two earned runs in 2021 and should dominate this weak Texas lineup. Lyles, meanwhile, has a 6.63 ERA and 1.61 WHIP.

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Seattle Mariners ML over Detroit Tigers (-156)

The Tigers’ offense was anemic once again on Sunday as they lost 5-1 to the Cubs and went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. They now fly out west to face the Mariners and left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. The Tigers have been awful against left-handed pitching this season, hitting a measly .204 and generating just two of their 36 home runs this year against lefties. Additionally, their most consistent hitter—Jeimer Candelario—missed Sunday’s game and is listed as day-to-day with a left knee contusion.

It seems that runs could be hard to come by once again for Detroit in this one against Kikuchi and a Seattle bullpen that is second in the American League with a 1.14 WHIP. Casey Mize will take the hill for Detroit, and while he has strung together three consecutive quality starts he is still having the normal ups-and-downs that can be expected of a young pitcher.

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