Lo Duca’s Daily: Weather a Major Factor in My Sunday MLB Bets
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- With chilly fall weather hitting the East Coast, look for some low-scoring baseball games.
- Check out all the picks Paul Lo Duca is making for the Sunday, Sept. 23 slate.
With the baseball playoffs rapid approaching, I’m going to be doing a daily article on a few of my favorite picks on the slate. Let’s dive right in!
Orioles-Yankees First 5 Under 4.5
Mets-Nationals First 5 Under 4.5
If you look at my Sunday plays, most of them are First 5 unders. Fall is now hitting us and it’s chilly here on the East Coast.
After playing more than 150 games, the bad teams want to go home when this weather hits.
Both of these under plays are directly related to the weather.
It seems like the Mets are just waiting for the last game for David Wright to play, and now that Boston has won the AL East the Yankees are sort of just riding the bike into the playoffs.
Phillies-Braves First 5 Under 4
God knows how long Atlanta was out Saturday night celebrating their 5-3 win. I don’t think they really want to face Aaron Nola today (16-5, 2.44 ERA). Expect a sluggish start.
Astros -1.5 over Angels (-105)
Cardinals -1.5 over Giants (+110)
A’s -1.5 over Twins (+100)
This is a little bit of a different approach, laying the run line with three very good teams all in playoff contention.
This is the time of the year to make these plays.
As I alluded to earlier, some teams have frankly given up on the season, so we can take advantage by getting some good odds on good teams to win by a big margin.
Specifically on the Astros: Houston has basically clinched its playoff spot, but the Astros’ 11- and 10-run outbursts the past two nights have me feeling another lopsided victory.
Diamondbacks -1.5 over Rockies (+170)
Arizona is clinging to its playoff life.
The Diamondbacks get to face Kyle Freeland again for the third time this season and the second time in the past 10 days.
I’ll take my shot of laying the 1.5 runs with a Diamondbacks lineup that should have a good feel for the Rockies’ ace.