MLB Odds, Expert Picks, Predictions for Sunday: Our Best Bets, Including Diamondbacks vs. Rockies, Angels vs. Indians (August 22)
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- It's another busy Sunday in Major League Baseball with 13 games set to be played.
- Collin Whitchurch is focusing on Diamondbacks vs. Rockies and Angels vs. Indians.
- See how Whitchurch is betting those two games, below.
We have another busy Major League Baseball schedule on deck Sunday, with several interesting matchups taking place.
Analyst Collin Whitchurch has uncovered two picks he loves on the card, including an angle on the Sunday Night Baseball showdown between the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians.
Let’s take a look at Whitchurch’s picks and see where he’s found betting value.
MLB Odds & Picks
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Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
Collin Whitchurch: This is a bet I’ve been on the last two days and I’m going back to the well today. While I got pretty lucky Saturday with Elías Díaz’s walk-off, three-run homer, the fact remains that the Rockies perform like one of the best teams in baseball when at Coors Field, and the Diamondbacks perform like… well, the Diamondbacks when away from Chase Field.
Colorado’s home record this season is now 43-21. That’s not just good, it’s elite. For comparison, their NL West rivals in San Francisco are 42-19 at their home park. The Dodgers are 42-20.
Meanwhile, Arizona is 14-47 on the road. The only team in that stratosphere is — you guessed it — the Rockies at 14-45 this season.
So, we’re blindly betting Rockies run lines at home against the Diamondbacks. A few books are still offering plus money on it, and it’s a good pitching matchup for it with Jon Gray taking on Taylor Widener. It’s certainly more promising than Saturday’s matchup, and we got some luck there still anyway.
Bet the Rockies’ run line -1.5 against the Diamondbacks at +100 odds, but don’t do it for anything worse than plus money.
Angels vs. Indians
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Collin Whitchurch: Every could of years it seems the Cleveland organization spits out a young pitcher who has suddenly figured it out. That pitcher might be Cal Quantrill this year. The son of former major-leaguer Paul has been solid since moving into the rotation in mid-June and particularly good since the All-Star break.
In his last seven starts, Quantrill has a 1.76 ERA in 41 innings. He’s not a huge bat-misser, but he’s walked just 14 and allowed just two home runs during that span.
I’m betting on Quantrill to continue to have success in the Little League World Series game in Williamsport, Pa. Betting the under on the first five innings is predicated on his continued success as well as that of José Suarez, who has had an up-and-down season.
Like Quantrill, Suarez moved into the rotation in the middle of the year. Unlike Quantrill, he hasn’t had a ton of success, with a 5.45 ERA across seven starts and 33 innings. However, Suarez’s schedule has been rough, with four of his seven starts coming against the Red Sox, Athletics, Blue Jays and Yankees. He should have better fate against a Cleveland lineup that’s more than 10% below league-average against righties.
I like Quantrill to continue his steady ascent in Cleveland’s rotation, and Suarez to hold the offense at least somewhat in check. I think plus money here is very good value on under 4.5 and I would play it to -110 odds.