MLB Betting: Monday Best Bets

MLB Betting: Monday Best Bets

This article is part of our MLB Betting series.

Previous day 3-2

Overall 37-20

Tough day yesterday going 3-2 but losing on Dinelson Lamet's under 6.5 strikeouts at -167 hurt big time. I like the options on the very short slate tonight. 

Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles 7:05 pm EDT

Jake Odorizzi (-177) vs. Keegan Akin

Two teams going in opposite directions are the Astros and Orioles. With a weaker pitcher on the mound (Jake Odorizzi) we get some more affordable pricing on the Astros.  While I'm not laying -160 on the Astros to win, I will lay ½ run to 1.5 runs especially in a game with a 10.5 total. Laying runs in higher total games is a much safer bet vs. doing it when the total is low like under eight.

The Astros are 8-2 in their last 10 and 16-4 in their last 20; while the Orioles are 1-9 last 10, 6-14 last 20, and 6-24 in their last 30 games.

BET – Astros -0.5 F5 (-110) for 1 RW buck

BET – Astros -1.5 (-120) for 1 RW buck 

Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs 8:05 pm EDT

Adbert Alzolay (-155) vs. Aaron Civale

Two teams from the respective Central divisions go at it tonight in a nice pitching performance with Aaron Civale vs. Adbert Alzolay.  Both lineups project to be a tad on the weaker side and the Indians shift over to the National League, thereby losing the designated hitter. Alzolay has a 27% strikeout rate this year and the Indians have struck out 24% of the time in this split over the last 30 days. 

BET – Under 4 runs F5 (-125) for 1 RW buck

BET – Alzolay over 5.5 strikeouts (-102) for 1 RW buck

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