TThe hits just keep on coming! It is only Thursday, but we have already racked up over $3,500 in winning parlay plays this week! We stayed red-hot yesterday, as we nailed our get rich or die trying 4-team parlay for a whopping $881 payout! That bet came in with winners on the Astros run line (-130), Marlins (-125), Athletics (-135), and Blue Jays (-170).
6 STRAIGHT SERIES WINS!
FINAL: #BlueJays 6, Rays 3 pic.twitter.com/HMNiO52h9A
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 15, 2021
We have now hit 6 parlay bets in the last 3 days, and we are getting rich down the stretch of the Major League Baseball season. The parlay winner was the headliner yesterday, but we also found straight money winners on the brewers/Tigers under 8.5 (-110) and Indians (-110) on what was a very profitable day of betting Big League Baseball. We will get right back at it today, looking to stay blistering hot, with everyone’s favorite way to play, the parlay! Let’s get started!
Money Line Parlay
Not all parlays are the same. In this first section, we are going to focus on money line parlays. The money line is your most basic way to bet on a baseball game. Because baseball has so few runs scored, we don’t see a point spread on a game like we do with the NFL and the NBA; rather, MLB betting offers a money line bet. With a money line bet, if you want to bet the favorite, you have to lay odds, and if you want to bet the underdog, the book will lay you odds. One example would be the New York Yankees as -200 betting favorites. That means you win $100 for every $200 that you bet on New York if the Yankees win. If you want to take an underdog, an example would be The Seattle Mariners +200. That means for every $100 you bet, you would win $200 if Seattle comes in.
Oakland Athletics (-120) at Kansas City Royals
The Athletics made us sweat it out a little bit last night, as they took an early 5-1 lead, only to see the Royals battle back multiple times late in the game. The A’s eventually took the game with a 12-10 final score and the win was huge for their postseason dreams, as they pulled ahead of the slumping Seattle mariners in the chase for the 2nd wild card in the American League, and they now trail the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Red Sox by 3.5 games for a spot in the postseason.
Oakland had their backs against the wall last night and got the job done, and they know that they have no room for error again tonight against the Royals. The A’s will go with Paul Blackburn today on getaway day in Kansas City, hoping that he can get his act together, as he hasn’t pitched very well in limited action this season for Oakland.
Blackburn is 0-2 with an ERA of 5.24 after being throw into the rotation when Chris Bassitt took a line drive off of his face last month. After watching the Royals plate double digits runs last night, I would expect that Blackburn will be on a tight leash tonight in a game that means so much to the Athletics.
⚾: 11:10am PT vs. Royals
📻: Bloomberg 960 AM
Starting pitcher: Blackburn #RiseAndGrind x @Chevron pic.twitter.com/i1NYHCm61F
— Oakland A’s (@Athletics) September 16, 2021
Luckily for A’s fans, Blacburn is probably the best starter in this game when compared with the Royals Daniel Lynch. Lynch has been terrible at home this season, with a 6.83 ERA. Most of the damage against Lynch has come against the White Sox, as he has been pounded by Chicago in 2 home starts, but this isn’t a guy that you want pitching for you in a big game, and the Athletics are going to find a way to take advantage of him today.
Similar to last night’s game, the A’s know what this game means to their playoff chances, and they are going to pull out all of the stops to pick up the win. Paul Blackburn’s mediocre production has kept this line a tight one, but at the end of the day, Daniel Lynch stinks too, and the A’s are clearly the better overall team in this game. I am backing the A’s in a must-win spot.
Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox (-180)
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Alex Cobb hasn’t pitched in nearly a month, and he gets welcomed back to the show in a very tough spot, forced to pitch against the hard-hitting Chicago White Sox, in Chicago. Cobb hurt his wrist and was shutdown early last month, and while he posted stellar results at home this season, on the road he has been awful. In LA, Cobb is 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA. On the road, he is a dismal 2-2 with a 5.71 ERA.
The White Sox have the best home record in the American League right now, and something tells me that they are going to light up Alex Cobb tonight, as he is sure to be rusty after such a long layoff. The White Sox will start Reynaldo Lopez tonight at home after shifting Lopez from the bullpen back into the starting rotation a couple of weeks back. No matter how the White Sox have used Lopez he has been great, with an elite 2.05 ERA.
Reynaldo López is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA (2 ER/20.0 IP), 0.55 WHIP, .111 (7-63) average and 19 strikeouts in seven appearances (two starts) at Guaranteed Rate Field this season.
⏰: 1:10 p.m. CT
📻: @ESPN1000 pic.twitter.com/ecgqsj5hsV
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 16, 2021
The White Sox are very close to clinching the AL Central Division title, and they trail the Houston Astros by just a couple of games for the 2nd seed in the American League playoffs. This game means a lot to the White Sox and absolutely nothing to the Angels, and I see Chicago picking up the win tonight. It wouldn’t at all shock me to see Alex Cobb last only a couple of innings, and that means we are going to see a heavy dose of this bad Angels bullpen.
I’m not sure if the runs will come early against Cobb, or late against the Halos relief staff, but I am sure that they are coming. The White Sox are just too good at home to not love backing them today in a game that could very well get ugly. I’ll lay some wood and back the home team.
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants (-180)
If you ask me, there was no more unlikely of an outcome yesterday than the San Diego Padres upsetting the San Francisco Giants. The Padres have been in free fall for over a month and had lost 5 straight games entering play last night. The Friars gutted out a hard-fought 9-6 victory over the G-Men, to keep their postseason hopes alive, albeit on life support. The Padres have 1 more game in the Bay Area today, before they head to St. Louis, for a 3-game series with a Cardinals team they are fighting with for the 2nd wild card in the National League.
After seeing the Padres unlikely win yesterday, the question today is, will lightning strike again for San Diego? In a word, no. The Giants didn’t have a starter to pitch yesterday, so they went with a bullpen day, and it didn’t work out very well for them. Today, that isn’t the case, as not only do they have a starter ready to go, they have one of the best starters in the league this season in Kevn Gausman.
I don’t think Gausman is going to be able to hold off the surging Max Scherzer for the NL Cy Young Award, but you can bet that he is going to get plenty of votes with his 14-5 record, 2.65 ERA, and 201 Ks. The Giants just don’t lose very often when Gusman pitches, as they are an impressive 19-10 in his 29 starts this year. Somehow, the Padres have managed to dodge Gausman so far this season, but something tells me that the Padres are going to have a tough time squaring up the veteran starter.
CLINCHED.#ResilientSF | #Postseason pic.twitter.com/JtyrQG9YWH
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) September 14, 2021
And with Pierce Johnson going for San Diego, they are going to need to find a way to score some runs if they want any shot at winning this game. Don’t recognize the name Pierce Johnson? Don’t worry, nobody else outside of San Diego does either. Johnson has made a total of 1 career Big League start and while he has been solid if relief, he isn’t going to be in this game for very long.
We saw what the bullpen day looked like for the Giants yesterday, and their bullpen is actually great. I can’t imagine tings are going to go much better for the Padres relievers tonight, as they are overworked and tired right now. The Giants are one of the best home teams in the game and against this Padres team that hasn’t be terrible for several weeks, I see San Francisco cruising to an easy victory tonight behind a dominating outing from Keven Gausman.
Money Line Parlay
Oakland Athletics -120
Chicago White Sox -180
San Francisco Giants -180
$100 Bet Pays $444
Game Total Parlay
The game total bet, commonly known as an over/under bet, is when you bet on how many total runs will be scored in a game. These totals tend to range from 7 or 8 runs on the low end up to 12 to 13 runs on the high end, and you have to pay juice on both sides of the action. A typical totals bet would be, for example, 8 total runs with -110 juice on the over or the under. If the teams combine to score 9 runs or more, the book pays out the over bets, if the game comes in at 7 runs or less the books pay the under bets, and if the total lands right at 8 runs, all bets push.
Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox Over 8.5 Runs (-110)
We already touched on this game a bit above and you know how I feel about Alex Cobb in this game. Even if Cobb hadn’t gotten hurt, and was pitching at his best, I would still like the Whie Sox to smash him, as they swing a heavy bat, and Cobb has been bad on the road. In game 1 of this series, the Sox scored 8 runs in the first 5 innings of play.
This game feels a lot like that one, and I see this game sailing to the over early on, and I doubt we will even have to sweat it very much. The Angels have gone over their posted total at a 54% clip, one of the highest rates in baseball and I see this one heading over as well.
Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays Over 8 Runs (-110)
Only the Minnesota twins have gone over more consistently this season that the Tampa Bay Rays. The rays have never been known for their bats, but that has all changed this year, as guys like Wander Franco and Nelson Crus have turned this team into a juggernaut at the plate. Believe it or not, the Tampa Bay Rays lead all of baseball in runs scored per game and I think they are going to jump all over Tigers starter Tyler Alexander tonight at home.
Alexander was last seen pitching against these very same Rays, and while he managed to give up just a single earned run, he gave up 5 hits and walked 2 batters and was constantly working in and out of jams. If you play with fire long enough, you are going to get burned and that is what I see happening tonight in Tampa Bay.
Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Over 8.5 Runs (-110)
What a crazy series we have seen so far in Texas this week between the Rangers and the Astros. All 3 of the games have seen at least 9 runs hit the board and the game totals have averaged over 11 runs per game. All that scoring has made it hard to understand why this total is so low, and I will jump on the over, as I see more fireworks tonight in Arlington.
— Houston Astros (@astros) September 16, 2021
Astros starter Framber Valdez was having a nice season, but this month, he has looked worn out, as he has an ERA of 6.55 in 2 starts. He has really struggled with his command, as he has walked 7 batters in just 11 innings in those 2 outings. Rangers starter, rookie Glenn Otto is just trying to prove that he belongs in the Major Leagues, and the early returns haven’t been great, as he has gotten walloped for 10 runs, all earned, in just 8 innings pitched this month. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I am taking the over.
Game Total Parlay
Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox Over 8.5 Runs -110
Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays Over 8 Runs -110
Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Over 8.5 Runs -110
$100 Bet Pays $700
Get Rich Or Die Trying
In this final section, we are going to go for the jumbo payouts! These are your lottery ticket types of plays that aren’t going to come in all that often but pay off big time when they do. A wise man once said, if you don’t swing hard, you never hit any home runs. Well, in this section, we swing for the fences!
Houston Astros -1.5 Runs (-130) at Texas Rangers
Covering the run line is always going to be easier in high scoring games and with fireworks on tap for tonight in Texas, I will again back the Astros on the run line in this one. I have taken the Astros run line in all 3 of these games, and they have covered twice, making it a profitable play. No team in the majors has covered the run line as consistently as the Astros have, and their 16 1-run wins are one of the lowest totals in the game. If Houston wins this game, which they are nearly certain to do, they are going to cover that run line.
New York Yankees -1.5 Runs (-155) at Baltimore Orioles
This play is a bit of a gamble. The Yankees have been hard to predict as of late, as their results have been all over the place. But the Orioles have been so consistently bad all season long, that I won’t let the short-term struggles for the Yankees distract me from the fact that Baltimore is the worst team in the American League. New York needs this game badly, as they are in a dog fight for the wild card in the AL, and after a brutal 7-game losing streak earlier this month, the Bronx Bombers have now won 4 out of their last 5 games and have a shot at the sweep today in Baltimore.
G’night. #SquadUp pic.twitter.com/nZgtyL39Jj
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 16, 2021
Jordan Montgomery has been one of the most consistent pitchers not named Gerrit Cole for the Yankees this year, and prior to his last outing, where he got roughed up by the New York Mets, Montgomery had held opposing teams to 1 earned run or fewer in 6 of his previous 7 starts. If New York gets a chance to play add on in this game and run up the score that is just what they are going to do, as they can’t leave any chance of losing this game late come back to bite them. I’ll lay that run and a half tonight, mostly as a straight fade of these terrible Baltimore Orioles.
Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies (-160)
The Philadelphia Phillies have yet to announce a starter for this game, but it doesn’t really matter who starts this game as it is surely to be an opener that will only be in the game for an inning or two at the most. The Phillies are in desperation mode, as they are 3.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves for 1st place in the NL East Division and 3 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the final wild card spot in the league. Philly was smoking hot late last month and earlier this month, but they have hit the skids recently, with losses in 6 of their previous 7 games before last night’s dramatic walk off victory.
That win last night, where they walked it off in the bottom of the 9th just might have been the spark this team needs to get going again. My gut says the Phillies have more talent than the Braves, Mets, and Cardinals but at this point in the season it is all about wins and losses and the Phillies must have this game. Kyle Hendricks gets the start for Chicago, and while he is the ace of this Cubs staff, he just hasn’t looked the same since seeing his team get gutted at the trade deadline.
Found a way: https://t.co/1dNskdETgT#RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/ECXTQFnFtp
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 16, 2021
Hendricks has an ERA north of 7 runs in his last 9 starts and he has clearly been mailing it in for months. The Philly bullpen scares me a lot, as they aren’t very good, but the Phillies need this game far too bad to let it get away form them. Even when the Cubs had superstars like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javy Baez they were bad on the road, and now that they are starting a triple-A level lineup, they aren’t even competitive most nights on the road. The Phillies need this one and I think that they get it.
Get Rich Or Die Trying Parlay
Houston Astros -1.5 Runs -130
New York Yankees -1.5 Runs -155
Philadelphia Phillies -160
$100 Bet Pays $473
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