Lo Duca: The Sunday MLB Games I’m Betting
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I know the final round of the Masters is today, but Sundays are for baseball, too! Here are three games I’m eyeing on today’s slate (start times: 1:35, 2:10, and 3:10 p.m. ET).
Seattle Mariners (+117) at Minnesota Twins (-127) | O/U: 9
2:10 p.m. ET
This is the rubber match of a three-game set, as Lance Lynn gets the nod for the Twins after walking six and striking out three in his last outing. That game came against the Pirates, who have started the year on fire and currently rank third in the league in hits. Believe it or not, Lynn looked like his old self in that outing. His fastball had life; he just couldn’t find the strike zone. I’m banking on a bounce back and playing the Twins to win the rubber match.
THE BET: Twins (-127)
Atlanta Braves (+125) at Colorado Rockies (-135) | O/U: 11.5
3:10 p.m. ET
Who knew the Braves would start so hot? They’re best hitting team in all of baseball. Don’t let last night’s low-scoring affair fool you: These teams can put up some runs. They’ve been two of the best teams for over bettors, going a combined 9-4-4 this season. Saturday’s 3-2 game went under, but the ball flies much farther during the day, and it will be 20 degrees warmer. Vegas has already adjusted with one of the highest totals of the year.
THE BET: Over 11.5
Cincinnati Reds (+135) at Pittsburgh Pirates (-145) | O/U: 7.5
1:35 p.m. ET
I talked about the Pirates’ hot start earlier, especially with the bats. In the first three games of their series against the Reds, these teams have scored a total of 35 runs! Vegas must know something because the total is just 7.5 on Sunday, dropping from 8 the first three games. Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle dominated in his first start, and the Pirates’ Jameson Taillon struck out nine through five innings his last time out before getting a bit tired. Look for a pitchers’ duel with a lot of strikeouts.
THE BET: Under 7.5
Top photo: Atlanta Braves outfielder Preston Tucker