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John Lepore

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John has been involved with baseball for 40 years. He has played, coached, umpired, and written about the game we love. He has extensive experience playing daily fantasy and wagering on futures bets as well as on individual games. 

Saturday MLB odds & picks: Cleveland Guardians @ Detroit Tigers (May 28) - All about the big bats

FixtureGuardians @ Tigers
WhenSat, May 28, 4.10pm ET
Likely StartersMcKenzie vs Rodriguez
Where to watchFox

These teams split the previous two-game set just last weekend. Detroit’s pitching rotation has been injured, losing big free agent signing Eduardo Rodriguez, and up-and-coming phenom Casey Mize. On the flip side, the Guardians have had their top five pitchers start every game except two so far this season. Unfortunately, their health hasn’t translated to a bunch of wins yet.

Triston McKenzie gets the nod on the bump for Cleveland. He has been realizing the potential he showed in 2020 after a rough season last season. In May, the tall, lanky right-hander is 3-1 and has a 2.05 ERA. He has also allowed a minuscule slash line to hitters of .157/.219/.292. The Tigers simply can’t hit. They are the only team in the majors scoring fewer than three runs per game and also sport an MLB-worst .596 OPS.

Elvin Rodriguez is the other E-Rod on the Tigers. The first start of his major league career looks bad on the surface, but jitters likely got him as he surrendered a grand slam in the first inning to Max Kepler and he shut out the Minnesota Twins for the next four innings. The Guardians’ offense isn’t great, but they are much better than the Tigers and strike out the least in the Major Leagues.

Guardians Player to Watch: Josh Naylor

The big left-handed slugger has taken a while to develop but has put it together this season. He was drafted 12th overall out of High School back in 2015 and is one of the Guardians’ best hitters now. He sports a .952 OPS and actually leads the team in batting average at .317. Four of his six home runs have come in his last five games going into Wednesday.

Tigers Player to Watch: Miguel Cabrera

This will be one of the last seasons that we get to see Miggy on the field. He leads the team in all aspects of his slash at .289/.333/.400 and also leads the team in RBIs with 16. With 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, Cabrera has established himself as one of the best hitters ever. Getting a chance to watch the future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer is a must-see.

Cleveland Guardians @ Detroit Tigers conclusion & prediction

The Guardians have the pitching advantage here. Along with the lineup advantage as well, Cleveland should take this game. It should be a low-scoring game, however, with both lineups struggling and the Guardians having issues lately, this will be a low-scoring affair. It will come down to one of the big bats coming through for either team.

MLB Picks:

- Guardians if the line is -130 or better

- Under if the line is 7.5 or better

- McKenzie Over 5.5 strikeouts if the line is +110 or better

Sunday MLB odds & picks: Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets (May 29): Plenty of star power on show in the Big Apple

FixturePhillies @ Mets
WhenSun, May 29, 7.08pm ET
Likely StartersGibson vs Peterson
Where to watchESPN

The Phillies are chasing the Mets for the NL East crown. They have some work to do but can make up some ground this weekend. A big win Sunday night would go a long way, especially with New York missing the two best pitchers in the majors in Jacob deGrom and now Max Scherzer. Can the Phillies bring it against their division rivals and close the gap?

Philadelphia will have veteran Kyle Gibson on the mound. Aside from getting beaten up on Friday the 13th, Gibson has been solid for the Phillies. In his other three starts in May, Gibson has a 3.33 ERA with 18 strikeouts to just one walk over 16.2 innings. The Mets are a tough lineup as they score the fourth-most runs per game in the league and have the fifth-highest OPS in baseball.

New York will counter with left-hander David Peterson. The former first-round pick has struggled with control at times. However, he had a quality start against a quality team on the road last time out facing the San Francisco Giants. With over 500 batters faced at the major league level, Peterson may be finding his stride.

Phillies Player to Watch: Bryce Harper

This is kind of a no-brainer, but Harper has been hot lately. He has gone 7-for-10 with three doubles and a homer in his last 10 at-bats heading into Thursday. The left-handed slugger also sports a 1.001 OPS and most of his hits have been for extra bases. He, like Mike Trout, is much-watch TV always.

Mets Player to Watch: Francisco Lindor

Don’t look now but Lindor has gotten somewhat comfortable playing in New York. He has eight homers and five stolen bases to go along with a nice .780 OPS, his highest since 2019. While his defense hasn’t been top-notch according to metrics, he is still worthy of tuning in for. He also doesn’t mind hitting at Citi Field. This season he has an .847 OPS and has smashed four homers and stolen three bags at home.

Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets conclusion & prediction

I have confidence in Peterson and the Mets’ offense to take down Gibson and the Phillies. It could be a battle of pitching. Despite these offenses being above average, these two arms could get up for this game. It is a huge divisional matchup and will have implications later in the year when teams are vying for playoff ranking. There is plenty of star power here, so strap on your seatbelts and get into this game.

MLB Picks:

Mets if the line is -130 or better

Under if the line is 8.5 or better

Lindor Over 1.5 bases if the line is -110 or better

- Royals @ Twins Over if the Line is 8.5 or better (Saturday)

- Rockies @ Nationals Over if the line is 8.5 or better (Saturday)

- Pirates if the line is -110 or better (Sunday @ Padres)

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Friday MLB odds & picks: Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox (May 27) - Baltimore still can't compete with Boston

FixtureOrioles @ Red Sox
WhenFri, May 27, 7.10pm ET
Likely StartersBradish vs Whitlock
Where to watchApple TV

When the season started, there were few people, aside from Orioles fans, who though Baltimore would be only a couple of games behind the Red Sox, but here we are. However, the Orioles have been losing going 3-7 in their last 10 games while the Sox have gone 8-2. Neither team has a great pitcher on the mound, either, so there may be some runs scored.

Kyle Bradish will likely be the starter for the Orioles and he hasn’t been totally awful for Baltimore this year - the 5.74 ERA is not good, but the 27/8 K/BB rate is decent. Bradish has been scarred by the home run giving up six over 26.2 innings while the Red Sox have been killing the ball lately, so the Orioles’ right-hander has his work cut out for him.

Garrett Whitlock has not been much better of late having given up 12 earned runs in his last 16 innings. However, he does have a 20/6 K/BB rate in that time - he has only pitched into the sixth inning once and is not likely to go further in the game.

The Red Sox have been hitting well lately scoring 67 runs in their last 10 games heading into Tuesday. Bradish will surely not be able to contain this onslaught and Whitlock may have his struggles as well, but the Orioles score just 3.5 runs per game. Boston is playing better and has the better team overall.

Orioles player to watch: Cedric Mullins

While he isn’t having the type of year he did last year, Mullins is still an exciting player with five home runs and eight stolen bases. Mullins was a 30-30 man last season and that just goes to show what kind of player he is. He was a 13th -round pick back in 2015 from Campbell University. There is a lot of talk about Brooks Lee from the same school going in the first round this year, possibly to the Orioles.

Red Sox player to watch: J.D. Martinez

The veteran has been red hot in recent weeks, going just one game without a hit in May, while he also has a .400 batting average and a 1.078 OPS for the month. Martinez has been one of the main reasons the Sox have had a resurgence in May. And while Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers have been carrying the offense all year so far, J.D. may be the best hitter on the team right now.

Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox conclusion & prediction

Boston struggled at the beginning of the year, but their offense has stepped up and their pitching has been surprisingly solid, especially the bullpen. The Orioles have shown their true colors and will have growing pains during their rebuild. While Baltimore has debuts by Adley Rutschman and Grayson Rodriguez to hang their hat on and look forward to, they still don’t have the team to compete with Boston.

MLB Picks:

- Red Sox if the line is -170 or better

- Over if the line is 8.5 or better

- Martinez over 1.5 total bases if the line is better than -120 or better

Friday MLB odds & picks: Toronto Blue Jays @ LA Angels (May 27) - Blue Jays' depth should be enough

FixtureBlue Jays @ Angels
WhenFri, May 27, 9.38pm ET
Likely StartersManoah vs Lorenzen
Where to watchApple TV

Both teams have winning records heading into Tuesday, so this should be a good matchup. The Blue Jays sit at 22-20 in a tough AL East while the Angels are chasing the Houston Astros in the AL West at 26-17. Even though the Jays have been struggling this month, going 8-12 so far, their hitting is the aspect of the game that has hurt them. They will have their young ace on the mound, though, for Friday’s battle.

Alek Manoah is following up a strong rookie year in 2021, proving he is the real deal. The big right-hander is 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA. On top of that, he is allowing hitters a slash of just .197/.249/.298 with only three homers in 50 innings. While Manoah is pitching great, the offense has struggled mightily, scoring three or fewer runs in six straight games and in 15 of the 20 games they have played in May.

Michael Lorenzen has been good for the Angels this year, but he has also gotten a little lucky. He is 5-2 with a 3.05 ERA, but his BABIP is .237 while the MLB average is .297. Part of that is attributed to him getting more groundballs and allowing softer contact, but he should regress back to his career norms somewhat. The Blue Jays offense won’t be held down much longer, and they should break out against Lorenzen.

Blue Jays player to watch: Alek Manoah

While I think Toronto’s hitting will come around, and there are plenty of exciting bats in that lineup, Manoah can’t be missed. At 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, he is a large man. The right-hander is 14-3 in his short career so far and has struck out over a batter per inning. He hasn’t taken a step back as many players do in their second year in the big leagues. We are watching a dominant pitcher blossom into one of the best in baseball right in front of us.

Angels player to watch: Taylor Ward

When Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are on your team, and you are currently hitting better than both of them, you are doing alright. That is the situation with Ward. His slash of .370/.481/.713 leads the team and the latter two categories lead the AL. Before this season, the 28-year-old had a slash of .230/.305/.388 with 15 home runs in 159 games. He already has nine bombs in just 30 games this year. The former first-round pick is finally paying dividends for the Angels.

Toronto Blue Jays @ Los Angeles Angels conclusion & prediction

Both teams are very good and should be World Series contenders. However, the Blue Jays have the better pitcher on the mound. Manoah is simply rising and becoming one of the best while Lorenzen has a history of not being able to maintain success. With the depth of the Blue Jays lineup, it is a matter of time before they break out. The Los Angeles righty is about to have his luck run out.

MLB Picks:

- Blue Jays if the line is -120 or better

- Under if the line is 8.5 or better

- Manoah Over 5.5 strikeouts if the line is better than -105

MLB Quick Picks for Friday, May 27:

- Phillies @ Mets Over if the line is 8.5 or better

- Marlins @ Braves Under if the line is 7.5 or better

MLB standings

AL
NL
  • Division
  • American League Central
  • American League East
  • American League West
  • All Divisions
American League Central W L Pct GB Home Away Conf Div NL Money OU
1 Minnesota Minnesota 27 18 .600 0.0 15-10 12-8 27-16 14-5 0-2 357 18-23-4
2 Chi. White Sox Chi. White Sox 22 22 .500 4.5 10-12 12-10 20-22 7-12 2-0 -203 17-25-2
3 Cleveland Cleveland 18 23 .439 7.0 8-8 10-15 15-17 8-7 3-6 -266 21-19-1
4 Detroit Detroit 16 28 .364 10.5 9-13 7-15 13-23 6-9 3-5 -806 13-29-2
5 Kansas City Kansas City 15 28 .349 11.0 8-15 7-13 12-22 10-12 3-6 -1077 22-20-1

Last updated: May 28, 12:19 AM UTC

MLB Odds

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May 28, 22 @ 4:05 PM UTC
Colorado
Colorado @
Washington
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May 28, 22 @ 4:10 PM UTC
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Boston
May 28, 22 @ 6:10 PM UTC
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May 28, 22 @ 6:15 PM UTC
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Odds updated: May 28, 12:29 AM UTC

How to bet on MLB games: a guide to betting on Major League Baseball online

The MLB Season is often described as a marathon not a sprint, with over seven months of action and roughly 2,430 regular-season games to wager on. During this time, players, teams, and yes, even baseball handicappers will experience highs and lows.

If this is your first venture into the MLB betting world, the most important piece of advice we can offer is to be patient and vigilant with your wagers.

There are plenty of betting options available within MLB, and understanding how each one works and what to look for when placing said wager can be the difference between winning and losing.

So if you often find yourself asking questions like; how does baseball betting work? we are going to break down the most common wagering options and offer up our most important baseball betting advice for each potential wager.

The MLB moneyline bet

This is the easiest wager to understand, no matter what sport you are betting on. The MLB moneyline betting option allows you to place a bet on the team you think is simply going to win the game. As per baseball betting rules, extra innings are included in the outcome of this bet.

Example: Toronto Blue Jays (-200) at New York Yankees (+140), Monday at 7:08 pm

In the above example, you can see that the Toronto Blue Jays are taking on the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:08 pm. If you want to bet the Blue Jays to win the game, you would have to bet $200 to win $100. If you want to take the underdog Yankees, you would risk $100 to return a profit of $140.

Betting the MLB runline

Baseball utilizes a spread system to add alternative wagering options for bettors. If we look at the above example of Toronto-200 vs New York +140, the runline would look something like this:

Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 (+120) or New York Yankees +1.5 (-200)

This option gives you the chance to take the favorite (Toronto) and get plus-money value on them. The catch is that the Blue Jays must now win by two or more runs in order for you to win your bet. If you think New York has a chance to win, but don’t trust them, you can grab them at +1.5 runs, which means if they win the game or lose by exactly one run, you win your bet.

MLB Over/Under

The MLB Over/Under betting option is another straightforward concept, as sportsbooks will offer a total for every game that’s on the board for the night. You might see totals as low as 6.5 for games featuring two high-caliber pitchers, and totals as high as 12.5 in games featuring pitchers that are not as good or based on the weather forecast.

If we look at an example, you will see this:

Toronto Blue Jays/New York Yankees – “Over” 9.5 -110 or “Under” 9.5 -110

If you think both teams are going to combine to score 10 or more runs, you will bet the over and you would need to bet $110 to win $100. If you think that pitching will reign supreme, you can take the “under” and hope for nine or fewer runs to be scored. Similarly, you’d have to risk $110 to win $100.

Sometimes you will see sportsbooks totals such as 8.0. That means that if the total combined score lands on exactly eight runs, your bet will push, and you will get your wager back.

Futures MLB Bets

If you are fine with having money tied up for seven months or are just interested in putting a few bucks on your favorite team to do well this year, then you can find some big odds on the betting board. There are a number of futures bets you can make in terms of MLB betting, for example:

Who will win the World Series?

This is straightforward. You must pick a team that you believe is going to win the World Series in October. The odds are subject to change daily but once you place your wager, those odds are locked in for you.

Who will win the American League or National League?

This betting option stops one step short of the World Series. You simply bet on which team will make the World Series from their respective leagues. The odds won’t be as good, but there is still value to be had.

Picking Divisional winners

This bet is as it sounds. You are picking the team you believe will win their respective division.

MLB Parlays

Parlays can be a great way to maximize the return with limited risk. MLB parlays will consist of two or more wagering options on a single betting ticket.

You could combine two teams, two totals, or one team and one total. The number of games you can parlay is usually capped at 12-15 depending on the sportsbook, but with each added leg comes a higher degree of difficulty – thus the higher odds/payout.

MLB Player Props

Baseball is the most ‘statistically measured’ sport as it can be boiled down to pitcher versus batter for the duration of the game. MLB player prop options include:

  • Will Player X Hit a Home Run?

  • Over/Under Number of Strike Outs for Pitcher X

  • How Many RBIs Will Player X Have?

Keeping up to date to date with hot/cold streaks is a great way to find a favorable matchup to place prop bets on.

MLB World Series Betting

As if 2,430 regular-season games weren’t enough to wager on: the MLB postseason and World Series add that extra element of excitement for bettors.

MLB Post Season Picks

The most common MLB postseason wagers are typically futures bet on World Series or American/National League pennants. These bets can be placed as soon as the odds are released (before the season) right through to playoff time.

How to bet on baseball and win

Now that we have explained the main wagering options for MLB, here are some pointers to help you boost your bankroll for the upcoming baseball season.

Moneyline

When betting on MLB money lines, we suggest staying away from extremely high-priced favorites. The best teams in the league lose at least 50 games each season and if you are consistently laying over -150 to bet public teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, or Cubs, you will end up in the negative.

Since 2005, teams that are favored at -150 or higher have won just 63 percent of the games. If you bet them blindly each game, you’d be down -310 units, despite having a positive winning percentage.

Totals

A Major League team rarely has five all-star caliber pitchers. Usually, the No.4 or No.5 pitcher is someone the opposing team is hoping they can sneak by to pick up a win occasionally.

If you can find a spot where the total is relatively reasonable (8.5 or 9.5) and you are getting a chance to bet against both team’s No.5 starters, you must take the over.

Futures

These bets last the entire season. Seven months. 213 days from April 1 to October 31. Unless you are throwing a few bucks on your favorite team to win it all, then fine. But if you want to bet daily, having too much exposure on futures bets is a very bad idea.

Chances of them hitting are slim and that will only take away from any profits you do turn betting the daily baseball card.

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