Saturday MLB four-team mega parlay (+1508): Cueto quiets Pirates

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The weekend in Major League Baseball continues with a full 15-game slate on Saturday. It has a little bit of everything: interleagues series, division rivalries, afternoon contests, night games…. The action also includes a double-header on FS1, starting with the Oakland Athletics visiting the Minnesota Twins before the San Diego Padres entertaining the St. Louis Cardinals. All in all, there is plenty to work with in terms of betting opportunities. Let’s take a look at our four-team mega parlay for Saturday

Giants -1.5 (+130)

Braves ML (-110)

Mariners ML (+100)

Nationals ML (-120)

Parlay odds: +1508

For this parlay we are going with two favorites on the money line, one favorite on the -1.5 run line, and one underdog outright winner. Here is a breakdown of the four legs one by one.

San Francisco Giants -1.5 over Pittsburgh Pirates (+130)

The Giants will send Johnny Cueto to the mound against the Pirates on Saturday night, and to say that he has dominated in this head-to-head matchup throughout his career would be a gross understatement. In 31 career starts against Pittsburgh, Cueto is a remarkable 21-4 with a 2.13 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He has also owned the Pirates when pitching at PNC Park, going 12-2 with a 2.03 ERA in that setting. Pittsburgh entered Friday with a National League-low .644 OPS, and its most consistent hitter—Colin Moran (.329 average at home)—is still on the IL. The Giants have been one of the biggest surprises this season, currently sitting atop the NL West with a 23-15 record. Don’t overthink this one; Cueto should help San Francisco coast to a win.

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Atlanta Braves ML over Milwaukee Brewers (-110)

The Braves got swept by Toronto—again—earlier this week and lost outfielders Ronald Acuna Jr. and Christian Pache to injuries, as well. On the bright side, they can likely survive without that duo because Milwaukee really struggles to score. Atlanta probably won’t have to cross the plate a ton of times can still win. The Brewers are dealing with injury issues of their own, as Christian Yelich is still out with no timeline for return. They scored only three runs in the series opener on Friday, falling to the Braves 6-3. Now the home team has to face Atlanta right-hander Ian Anderson, who is currently ATL’s best healthy starter. Anderson was outstanding in last year’s postseason, too. Milwaukee is also sending an Anderson to the mound. Brett Anderson is still trying to build up his pitch count after working only 3.0 innings in his last start against the Marlins.

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Dansby Swanson and Marcell Ozuna of the Atlanta Braves

Seattle Mariners ML over Cleveland Indians (+100)

Seattle was able to snap their five-game losing streak on Friday night by defeating Cleveland 7-3. The Mariners churned out 10 hits to lead by as many as six runs entering the ninth inning. On Saturday night, Justus Sheffield (4.91 ERA, 4.32 xFIP) gets the ball for Seattle opposite Triston McKenzie (4.94 ERA, 5.12 xFIP) for Cleveland. The Indians have not been as successful against left-handed starters, as they sit with an 8-8 record so far against lefties. Sheffield is certainly capable of quieting Cleveland’s bats with at least 6.0 innings of work. At worst for Seattle, Sheffield and McKenzie might neutralize each other—setting this game up to be won in the latter innings. The Mariners’ bullpen has been strong so far in 2021 and can maintain a lead.

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Washington Nationals ML over Arizona Diamondbacks (-120)

Washington opened its weekend series against Arizona with a 17-2 shellacking behind a solid start from ace Max Scherzer (5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7 K). The Nationals’ offense got things going with a six-spot in the first inning off Arizona starter Riley Smith, who ended up working 3.0 innings and allowing eight runs on eight hits. On Saturday night, Seth Frankoff gets the spot start for Arizona opposite Joe Ross for Washington. Ross has been a pleasant surprise so far in 2021, as he’s pitched to a 4.24 ERA and 4.69 xFIP in 31.2 innings of work. While it’s unlikely the Nats churn out 22 hits and 17 runs like they did on Friday, they are capable of knocking around Frankoff in his 2021 debut for Arizona.

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