Thursday’s MLB Over/Under: Sizing Up Another Lucas Giolito Total
The unbeaten streak has now reached eight (7-0-1) after yesterday’s Mariners-Royals Under 9 bet came through, with James Paxton delivering his most impressive outing on the young season to lead the way. Let’s see if another total involving Lucas Giolito will once again do the trick and extend the streak one more.
Zylbert’s 2018 MLB Over/Under Betting Record: 10-1-1, +8.8 units
Yesterday’s Result: Paxton vs. Duffy Under 9 (WIN)
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit
Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins | O/U: 9
8:10 p.m. ET
Probable Pitchers: Lucas Giolito (0-1, 6.17 ERA) vs. Jose Berrios (1-1, 3.29 ERA)
In both of Giolito’s first two starts, we nailed the under, although you wouldn’t think it by taking a quick glance at his numbers. The former Nationals first-round draft choice is 0-1 thus far with an unpleasant 6.17 ERA, to go with seven walks compared to only five strikeouts in his 11.2 innings. He’s also hit four batters already, all of whom have come around to score.
But Giolito has been better than those stats may indicate, and there’s only potential for him to get stronger from here on out as the right-hander gets more comfortable in his first April in the big leagues. He’s held opponents to a .195 batting average, with no home runs allowed, meaning once he’s able to trust and locate his exceptional stuff more, he’ll be able to go deeper into ballgames more consistently.
The 23-year-old was having issues with control his last time out, but that can be understandable given the frigid temperatures he was dealing with this past Saturday. Giolito in his usual rhythm, which I believe he’ll come closest to in his third start of 2018, can be very beneficial in any under, especially one emanating from a pitcher’s park like Target Field.