MLB Best Bets Today | Odds, Picks for Angels vs A’s, Giants vs Padres (Sunday, September 3)
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There are 15 MLB games on Sunday's slate, and our MLB betting experts have identified the best bets on the odds board. With every team in action, there were plenty of MLB odds to sift through, but our experts have zeroed in on Angels vs. A's and Giants vs. Padres.
Today's best MLB bets are below, so be sure to continue reading.
Sunday's MLB Best Bets
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Angels vs. Athletics
I'm always looking for ways to bet against Kyle Muller, but the Oakland Athletics are always such big underdogs that the value often isn't there.
He's an underdog yet again on Sunday against Tyler Anderson and the Angels. Given Anderson's struggles this year, the Angels aren't quite as big of favorites as you might expect. Still, even in the -160 range, I can't quite get there given my issues with the Los Angeles lefty.
I was surprised, however, to see this total open at 8 given the absolutely miserable starting pitchers projected to throw in this one. Muller's best outing of the season by Game Score is a 57 — coincidentally against these Angels — back on March 30, when he allowed just one run in five innings.
However, in 12 total starts, Muller has allowed four or more earned runs eight times, often in five innings or fewer. The Angels are a split-neutral team, so Muller's left-handedness doesn't factor in here. What does factor in is that Muller is basically guaranteed to give up a few runs in the four or five innings he lasts.
Anderson is somehow the more competent starting pitcher, and that's coming with a 5.58 ERA that advanced metrics say is basically deserved. The command and control gains he saw on the other side of town last season have left him, and he's walking batters at a clip a starting pitcher can't survive with.
For what it's worth, while Oakland struggles offensively against all pitching, the A's are slightly better against southpaws (91 wRC+ compared to 88 against right-handers).
Factor in two subpar bullpens and this game is screaming over. I would take it to 8.5 and -115 or better.
Pick: Over 8 (-110)
Giants vs. Padres
By Kevin Rogers
The Padres were blown out by the Giants in the series opener at Petco Park on Thursday, but San Diego has rebounded with a pair of convincing wins.
San Diego still has work to do to earn a Wild Card spot in the National League with huge upcoming series with the Phillies, Astros and Dodgers over the next 10 days.
Seth Lugo is riding a 3-0-1 stretch in his past four starts in the first five innings for the Padres. The right-hander pitched well in his previous outing against the Giants on June 20, tossing five innings and allowing one run. However, San Francisco rallied from a 3-1 deficit to score three late runs in a 4-3 win.
Alex Cobb is fresh off the start of his career as he came within one out of a no-hitter against the Reds. The San Francisco right-hander threw 131 pitches in the 6-1 win, his second consecutive victory against a quality NL opponent.
The Padres own a solid 15-2-3 record in their past 20 games in the first five innings when allowing two runs or less. Basically, San Diego has come through when it receives a good pitching performance and San Francisco’s offense is often hit or miss.
Let’s back the Padres at -0.5 in the first five innings at -110 and play it up to -120.