There are exciting games to look at for today’s slate as we head into Saturday baseball. There are quite a few interesting surprises in the first couple of weeks. We featured a surprising team in contention this season, and we’ll see if they pull off a win on the road. We haven’t seen much of a pitcher over the last two years that’s started well this season and looks to get his third straight win.
(Odds courtesy DraftKings)
Colorado Rockies (+116) vs. Detroit Tigers (-136) O/U 7.5 (Game 1 of double-header – First Pitch: 1:11 p.m.)
Yesterday’s game was postponed due to weather, so they will make it today with a double-header.
It’s not looking good for Detroit, especially with some offseason acquisitions. Austin Meadows is playing well to start the season, batting.313, along with Miguel Cabrera, who’s hitting .333 and is just one hit shy of the illustrious 3,000 hits. Besides those two, only Harold Castro is hitting over .200 as they are 23rd in batting average (.210).
Tarik Skubal will go for the Tigers and hopes to continue his momentum from his last start. He went 5.2 shutout innings allowing just four hits, and struck out seven against the Royals. He was getting ahead in the count early, allowing him to change speeds and get the hitters off balance.
Through the first couple of weeks, Colorado is exceeding expectations. They were predicted to be at the bottom of the NL West, but at 8-4, they are a game and a half behind the Dodgers. Fans have a reason to be excited about how well this team is playing.
Today’s game will be tough to favor them because of historically how they play in these situations. Colorado has not played well in recent history in their first road game after a home series — in 2021, they were 3-10 in the first game of the road stand and were outscored 29-68. This is because of how they see the ball going from the higher elevation of Denver to the lower elevation.
It would be best to take the Tigers in Game 1 because of science and how well Skubal looked in his last start. They may fair better for Game 2 as they get adjusted.
Leg 1: Tigers ML
Milwaukee Brewers (+132) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-156) O/U 8 (First Pitch: 4:06 p.m. ET)
The Phillies started on a good note as they got the win in the first game of the series. They certainly needed it as they lost three of the previous four games.
Zack Wheeler will take the mound, and he’s coming off an awful road start where he gave up seven earned runs and three walks against the Marlins. He is pitching in Citizens Bank, where his first start went well, allowing just two hits and one earned against the Mets. Wheeler has success against the Brewers, including a complete-game shutout at home last year.
The Brewers will send up Adrian Houser, who’s pitched well by allowing just three earned in nine innings this season, but he’s gotten no support. Milwaukee has struggled to give any of their pitchers runs as they’re 22nd in runs scored and 25th on the road.
Both starters are not strikeout hitters, so we should see the ball put in play. Philadelphia is tenth in batting average on balls in play (.300), while Milwaukee is 23rd (.257). I like Wheeler and Phillies at home.
Leg 2: Phillies ML
Baltimore Orioles (+205) vs. Los Angeles Angels (-220) O/U 8.5 (First Pitch: 9:08 p.m. ET)
The Baltimore pitching staff has gone from the worst in 2021 to a top 6 unit in 2022. Expanding the fences at Camden Yards probably helped, but they’re still 16th in road ERA. Spencer Watkins is one of those young Baltimore pitchers who struggled last year, but he made huge strides. He’s coming off a great start of allowing just one run in five innings against an Oakland that has been putting up runs this season.
The new start for Noah Syndergaard has done him well. He’s pitching well in LA as he’s 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA and opposing batters hitting just .175.
While the Baltimore pitching has done well, the offense has not pulled their weight. The O’s are last in runs scored per game and are the only team scoring less than two runs per game on the road.
Thor is looking like his old self, and he will get that third win of the season.
Leg 3: Angels ML
Total parlay odds on DraftKings: +298
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