Mon 20 -6pm: Oakland Athletics @ Cleveland Indians picks, expert predictions & betting tips
Cleveland Indians
Oakland Athletics
Home Win Money Line
-172
Under 8.0 Game Totals
-111

Money Line Pick

The Indians are red hot entering this series, having won four of their last five games, including a 2-1 series win at home against the Orioles, during which they outscored Baltimore 15-6! The Oakland Athletics have won three of their last five games and completely dominated the Tigers in their series over the weekend, outscoring Detroit 28-6! Game one of the series will see two above average pitchers take the mound as Carlos Carrasco will start for the Indians, while Brett Anderson will get the call for the Athletics. Carrasco is 4-3 this season with a 4.18 ERA, while Anderson is also 4-3 with a slightly higher ERA at 4.41. I look for the Indians to remain hot and end Oakland’s three game winning streak in game one of the series.

Over Under Pick

The total of 8 could go either way in this game as both pitchers have ERAs above 4.00 but both offenses are below the MLB average with Oakland ranking 16th and Cleveland ranking 23rd in runs per game this season. The under has the slight edge in the home games for the Indians going 11-10 while the over has been the play in the road games for the Athletics, going 13-8-2. The under has been the better play in this matchup lately, going 6-3-1 the last ten times these teams have played each other. I give the slight edge to the under 8 in this game.

Mon 20 -7pm: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles picks, expert predictions & betting tips
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Away Win -1.5 Run Line
-120
Over 9.5 Game Totals
-105

Run Line Pick

The Yankees have taken over 1st place in the division after winning the series against Tampa Bay 2-1 and outscoring the Rays 18-10. The Orioles continue to struggle and have now lost four of their last five games. Game one of this series should be interesting, as J.A. Happ takes the mound for the Yankees while Andrew Cashner gets the call for the Orioles. Happ is 2-1 in his last three against the Rays while allowing an average of 3 runs and striking out an average of 3.67 in those games. Cashner, on the other hand, has dropped his last three starts in a row against the Yankees while allowing 3.67 runs and striking out 4.67 in those games. I look for the Yankees to make a statement win in game one of the series by covering the run line.

Over Under Pick

The total for the game is at 9.5 which is one of the highest on the board on Monday. New York is averaging 5.02 runs per game this season which ranks 11th while Baltimore ranks 26th with 3.83. The over has been a dominant play in both the home games for the Orioles as well as the road games for the Yankees, going a combined 25-12-2. The total has been a mixed bag in this matchup as of late, with the over hitting in six of the last ten while the under has hit in two of the last three meetings between these two teams. I can only recommend a small play on the over here.

Mon 20 -8pm: Philadelphia Phillies @ Chicago Cubs picks, expert predictions & betting tips
Chicago Cubs
Philadelphia Phillies
Home Win Money Line
-132
Over OFF Game Totals
+100

Money Line Pick

These 2 squads will be throwing out some veteran pitchers who have been dealing with some adversity of late. Arrieta was roughed up in his last outing where he went 6 innings, giving up 4 earned runs, while he struck out 5 and walked 4 batters. He’s now given up 17 earned runs in his last 4 starts. Darvish was able to regroup in his last outing versus Cincinnati where he went 5.1 innings, giving up 2 earned runs to go with 11 strikeouts and 0 walks. After posting a 7.07 BB/9 this season, it was very promising to see him give up 0 walks. Darvish has been a better pitcher on the road, while Arrieta owns a 5.29 ERA and slash line of .266/.351/.453 in the month of May. I gotta back the home team here. 

Over Under Pick

The under has hit in 2 of their last 3 matchups where Chicago’s averaged 5.33 R/G and Philadelphia’s averaged 1.33 R/G. During that span these squads have combined to average 17 H/G and 20 K/G. For Philadelphia, the under has hit in 8 of their last 11 games and 6 of their last 7 road games. For Chicago, it’s hit in 8 of their last 11 games and 5 of their last 5 games at home. All that history and the total hasn’t been phased, so I believe Vegas believes this one could be higher scoring. I’ll roll with the over here.

Mon 20 -8pm: Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers picks, expert predictions & betting tips
Texas Rangers
Seattle Mariners
Home Win Money Line
-147
Over 11.0 Game Totals
+100

Money Line Pick

Texas has won 4 of their last 5 games and they’ll look to build on that as they’ll play host to Seattle. Texas will be throwing out their lefty ace Mike Minor who will be opposing the veteran Mike Leake. Minor was alright in his last outing versus Kansas City where he went 5 innings giving up 1 earned run, while he struck out 3 and walked 2 batters. On the season Minor owns a great 2.61 ERA to go with a probably more representable 3.60 FIP. Leake was money in his last outing where he went 6.1 innings versus Oakland, where he gave up 1 earned run, while he struck out 6 and walked 1 batter. Leake has given up 5 earned runs in his last 3 outings to go along with a 12:3 K:BB ratio. Leake has put in 3 quality starts in a row, so he could be due for a rough outing, especially against a Texas lineup that crushes righties. Seattle can hit lefties, but not as good as righties and own a 4-9 record versus lefties. I’ll back Texas and the money line here.

Over Under Pick

The over has gone 2-0-1 in their last 3 matchups of this series where Texas has averaged 11.00 R/G and Seattle’s averaged 2.33 R/G. During that span these squads have combined for 19 H/G and 23 K/G. The over has hit in 7 of Seattle’s last 9 games and 4 of Texas’ last 5 games at home versus Seattle. I don’t trust Leake in this spot against a very potent Texas lineup, especially at home, while Seattle’s lineup is usually due for a couple of runs. I’ll back the total to go over 11 runs.

Mon 20 -8pm: Chicago White Sox @ Houston Astros picks, expert predictions & betting tips
Houston Astros
Chicago White Sox
Home Win -1.5 Run Line
-132
Over 9.5 Game Totals
+100

Run Line Pick

The Chicago White Sox have a tough task ahead of them as they travel to Houston for a series with the Astros. The Astros are coming off a loss to the Red Sox, which ended a ten-game winning streak. A single one-run loss to the defending champions doesn’t mean their momentum has been snapped, so I think the Astros will be just fine moving forward. They’ll start Brad Peacock here, while the White Sox still haven’t announced their starter. Peacock has been solid if not spectacular this year, entering with a 4.01 ERA. He’s probably been even better than his ERA suggests though, as he has a dominant 1.13 WHIP on the year. Peacock always pitches better at home, and the Astros are 5-1 in his last six home starts. The Astros have also owned this matchup recently, winning seven straight games against the White Sox. I don’t think this one will be particularly close, so I’ll be playing Houston on the run line here.

Over Under Pick

The over also has some value. No matter who the White Sox trot out there, it isn’t going to go well. The Astros have the most talented lineup in the league, and they’ve been showing it recently. Over their last eight games they’ve scored 63 runs, an average of nearly eight runs per game. The Astros tend to dominate weaker teams, and they’re 8-2-2 in their last 12 games against teams with losing records. They’ve scored double digit runs three times just over the past week and a half, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they sent this thing over by themselves. If we can get just a few runs from this Chicago offense, the over will be a very relaxing cash.

Mon 20 -9pm: Atlanta Braves @ San Francisco Giants picks, expert predictions & betting tips
San Francisco Giants
Atlanta Braves
Away Win Money Line
+100
Over Game Totals
+100

Money Line Pick

The San Francisco Giants just took two of three on the road against their division rivals, and they’ll look to follow it up here as they host the Atlanta Braves. Mike Soroka will get the start here for Atlanta, while Andrew Suarez is getting called up for his first start of the season for the Giants. The Braves have won four of their last five games, and the defending NL East champions are starting to pick things up again. Soroka showed major flashes as a 20-year-old last season, so it’s not surprising he’s breaking out in 2019. He’s been nearly flawless through six starts, and enters this one with a 0.98 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. In his last three starts, he’s given up just one run and ten hits over 20 innings of work. Not surprisingly the Braves are 4-1 in his last five starts, and the youngster hasn’t shown any signs of struggling on the road. There’s no way I could fade Soroka at the moment, and you should take Atlanta on the money line.

Over Under Pick

There’s also some value on the over here. I’m as big of a fan of Soroka as anybody else, but he’s still a 21-year-old pitching on the road in a tough environment who has only made 11 career starts. Oddsmakers are probably giving him a little too much respect, and this Giants offense isn’t as bad as everyone thinks it is. That being said, the real damage here will be done by Atlanta. Suarez is getting called up from the minors for this start, and he’s been terrible in AAA this year with a 6.33 ERA through six starts. If he can’t get out minor leaguers, I don’t know how he’s going to manage here against the Braves. This one should be pretty high scoring.

Mon 20 -10pm: Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Diego Padres picks, expert predictions & betting tips
San Diego Padres
Arizona Diamondbacks
Home Win Money Line
-147
Under 7.5 Game Totals
-120

Money Line Pick

Two NL West rivals kick off a series as the San Diego Padres host the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Padres are reeling at the moment, having just lost three straight games to the Pirates. The Diamondbacks haven’t looked too great themselves recently. Rookie sensation Chris Paddack will start for the Padres here, with Luke Weaver taking the mound for Arizona. Weaver has been pretty good this year, although he did just give up nine baserunners and three runs in his most recent outing, but Paddack is the real story here. Paddack has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the league this year, and enters with a 1.99 ERA. He’s been truly unconscious at home, with a 1.40 ERA in four home starts. In 25 and 2/3 innings pitched at Petco Park, he’s given up just ten hits while striking out 32. The Padres are 6-2 in Paddack’s eight career starts, and play much better at home overall. Take them on the money line.

Over Under Pick

I’m also taking the under here. Paddack doesn’t get touched at home, and I don’t expect this mediocre Arizona lineup to be able to get to him at Petco. Not surprisingly, the under is 5-1 in Paddack’s last six starts, and the only time it went over was in a road start against the Dodgers, who have the most talented offense in the league. Weaver owns a very solid 3.16 ERA this year, and the under is 5-2-1 in his last eight outings. Given the pitching matchup, I’d expect this game to be very low scoring.

Tue 21 -12am: Washington Nationals @ New York Mets picks, expert predictions & betting tips
New York Mets
Washington Nationals
Away Win Money Line
-156
Under 8.0 Game Totals
-105

Money Line Pick

Both squads will be looking to get back to playing some winning baseball after rough weekends. New York will be throwing out Wilmer Font to oppose one of Washington’s aces Patrick Corbin. Font was roughed up in his last outing where he went 2.1 innings versus this very Washington squad, giving up 1 home run and 5 earned runs, while he struck out 2 and walked 2 batters. In 20 innings, Font owns an ugly 7.08 ERA, but a more respectable 4.63 FIP. Corbin pitched a gem in his last outing going 8 innings versus New York, giving up just 1 earned run, while he struck out 11 and walked 1 batter. Corbin owns a beautiful 10.59 K/9, 2.76 BB/9, 0.92 HR/9, .262 BABIP, 2.91 ERA and 3.11 FIP. Font has not been terrible, but asking him to outduel Corbin is a lot to ask. New York’s lineup just isn’t hitting well enough to trust them versus Corbin, so I’ll back Washington and the money line on the road.

Over Under Pick

The over has been money in this series where it’s hit in 6 of their last 10 contests where Washington’s averaged 5.50 R/G and New York’s averaged 5.40 R/G. During that span these teams have combined to average 17 H/G and 20 K/G. The over has hit in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games on a Monday. New York has been experiencing unders though as it has hit in 12 of their last 17 games, and 13 of their last 18 games in May. One pitcher should be able to hold his own versus a weak New York lineup, while I don’t expect Washington’s lineup to blow font out of the water. I’ll back the total to stay under the run threshold.

Tue 21 -1am: Chicago White Sox @ Houston Astros picks, expert predictions & betting tips
Houston Astros
Chicago White Sox
Home Win -1.5 Run Line
-132
Over 9.5 Game Totals
+100

Money Line Pick

The Chicago White Sox have a tough task ahead of them as they travel to Houston for a series with the Astros. The Astros are coming off a loss to the Red Sox, which ended a ten-game winning streak. A single one-run loss to the defending champions doesn’t mean their momentum has been snapped, so I think the Astros will be just fine moving forward. They’ll start Brad Peacock here, while the White Sox still haven’t announced their starter. Peacock has been solid if not spectacular this year, entering with a 4.01 ERA. He’s probably been even better than his ERA suggests though, as he has a dominant 1.13 WHIP on the year. Peacock always pitches better at home, and the Astros are 5-1 in his last six home starts. The Astros have also owned this matchup recently, winning seven straight games against the White Sox. I don’t think this one will be particularly close, so I’ll be playing Houston on the run line here.

Over Under Pick

The over also has some value. No matter who the White Sox trot out there, it isn’t going to go well. The Astros have the most talented lineup in the league, and they’ve been showing it recently. Over their last eight games they’ve scored 63 runs, an average of nearly eight runs per game. The Astros tend to dominate weaker teams, and they’re 8-2-2 in their last 12 games against teams with losing records. They’ve scored double digit runs three times just over the past week and a half, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they sent this thing over by themselves. If we can get just a few runs from this Chicago offense, the over will be a very relaxing cash.

Tue 21 -3am: Minnesota Twins @ Los Angeles Angels picks, expert predictions & betting tips
Los Angeles Angels
Minnesota Twins
Away Win Money Line
+105
Over 9.0 Game Totals
-120

Money Line Pick

The Minnesota Twins might be the hottest team in baseball right now, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going as they visit the Los Angeles Angels here. Jake Odorizzi will start for the Twins, while the Angels will use an ‘opener’ strategy of utilizing a rotating series of bullpen guys. The Angels are coming off a 5-1 loss to the lowly Royals, and they’ve looked very mediocre recently despite an insanely easy schedule that has featured series’ against the likes of the Royals, Orioles, and Tigers. Odorizzi has been on fire to start the year, and enters with a 2.63 ERA. Unsurprisingly, the Twins are a perfect 6-0 in his last six starts. Further, the Twins are also a perfect 6-0 in their last six road games, so I don’t think they’ll have any trouble dealing with the hostile environment here. The Angels are overrated, and I’ll be backing the road team here.

Over Under Pick

I’m also taking the over in this spot. Odorizzi has been very good overall, but he hasn’t been good on the road. While he has an ERA of 1.45 in home games, that balloons out to 4.76 when he goes on the road. The over is a perfect 4-0 in his last four road starts, and I expect that trend to continue here. Odorizzi pitched against the Angels in his most recent start, and he gave up three runs and 11 baserunners in just 5 and 1/3 innings. That was at home, so he should pitch even worse here. The Angels don’t have a good bullpen, so I’m not too optimistic about how their opener strategy will go here.

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