Let’s get into some Saturday matchups as we look at a series where two significant streaks were snapped on Friday. We also have one very exciting pitching matchup between two long-time veterans and former champions that have been each pitched well this season
Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs
- Leg 1: Braves ML
- Leg 2: Under 7.5
- Leg 3: Adam Duvall to record a hit
The Braves lost a tough one to snap their 14-game winning streak as the Cubs scored in the bottom of the 8th for a 1-0 loss. You still have to love how this team is performing as they’re third in batting average and fifth in ERA during that span.
Kyle Wright is one of those pitchers who’s completely changed his approach this season and it has worked very well. He came into 2022 with a career 6.56 ERA and currently is at 2.85 this season. He’s also dropped hits per 9 by three, walks per 9 by three, and strikeouts per nine by two.
On the other side, Justin Steele pitched much better in May and June than in April. In his last six starts, he’s allowed two or fewer earned runs five times. Still, he could be in for a rough day as the Braves have done well against lefties this season, especially on the road, as they’re batting .270, which is fifth this season.
It was a heartbreaking way for the Braves to end their winning streak on Friday, but they’re the better team with the better pitcher in today’s matchup, and they’ll get back on the winning side.
Parlay Odds: +400 via FanDuel
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles
- Leg 1: Kevin Kiermayer to record a hit (-210)
- Leg 2: Under 8 (-104)
- Leg 3: Ray ML (-174)
The Rays are amidst a rough patch as they’ve lost six of their last seven games. The offense has struggled, scoring just five runs in the last four games and they’ve been shut out twice.
Jeffery Spring was impressive in the bullpen, and you can stay the same since moving to the rotation as he has a 1.72 ERA and opposing hitters are batting .197. He’s pitched well against the Orioles this year as he’s yet to allow a run in nine innings with 12 strikeouts this season.
The Orioles No. 10 prospect Kyle Bradish has struggled to start his career as he’s in the tenth percentile or lower in HardHit%, xwOBA, and xERA. He’s coming off another rough start. He’s now allowed five or more runs in three of his last five starts, with one of those coming against the Rays.
The pitcher matchup alone gives the Rays the benefit, and this is an excellent opportunity for a lineup that’s been struggling lately.
Parlay Odds: +427 via FanDuel
Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros
- Leg 1: Justin Verlander over 6.5 strikeouts (-120)
- Leg 2: Houston Astros -1.5 (-110)
- Leg 3: Under 8 (-120)
The White Sox might be turning it around on offense as they’re averaging 7.7 runs per game in the last eight games. Still, the team is hovering around .500, and the fans are not happy as “Fire Tony” chants are coming from the stands.
Johnny Cueto will be on the mound, and he pitched well by allowing three runs in three straight starts, but a lack of offensive support has the team 0-3 in those appearances. Cueto’s history against some of the Astros’ lineup could help with Jason Castro 0-for-14, Martin Maldanado 2-for-13, and Jose Altuve 1-for-12.
He’ll have to be nearly perfect against Jason Verlander, who is making a case to start for the AL in the All-Star Game. He is currently leading the AL in wins (8), WHIP (0.814), and hits per 9 (5.6). With a year off after Tommy John, he’s now finding a groove as he’s pitched seven innings in three straight starts, all resulting in Astro wins.
As well as the White Sox offense has been lately, Verlander has been great all year. Chicago’s lineup is still streaky and could have an off day at any time.
Parlay Odds: +559 via FanDuel
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