MLB Must Bet On Games May 18-22

Posted by Aaron . on May 17, 2016 in

Looking for some value bets in MLB betting odds the rest of the week? Take a look at these games. If you find the right angle, you can add to your balance.

MLB Must Bet On Games May 18-22



May 18: Texas at Oakland (3:35pm ET)

Pitching Matchup: Martin Perez (1-3, 3.23 ERA) (TEX) vs Rich Hill (5-3, 2.68 ERA) (OAK)

You will probably find Oakland to be the favorite in this game despite trailing Texas in the division standings, largely because of those five wins next to Hill’s name. While he has been good, Perez has been more dominant lately, posting a 1.56 ERA in his last three starts. The problem has been getting some run support. However, the Rangers are hitting .290 against lefties this year — forty points better than they are hitting against righties — and if Perez can keep his dominant stuff going, the Rangers should be able to get him some runs, which would get you an underdog win.

May 19: L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels (10:35pm ET)

Pitching Matchup: Ross Stripling (1-2, 4.26 ERA) (Dodgers) vs Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 4.81 ERA) (Angels)

Both of these pitchers come in with checkered pasts — but good starts as of late. Chacin came over from Atlanta, where his numbers had been dreadful, and Stripling has just made it up to the major leagues, finally getting his first big league win on Friday. Chacin’s first start with the Angels went well, as he only permitted a pair of runs in seven innings. However, Chacin had the advantage of changing leagues. The Dodgers have seen Chacin many times, as an NL team, and there are a lot of players who hit him very well, such as Carl Crawford (.667, 2 RBI, 9 AB), A.J. Ellis (.375, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 8 AB), and Chase Utley (.429, 7 AB). Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick are all hitting over .300 against Chacin for their careers as well, so I like the Dodgers to get to a win here.

May 20: Texas at Houston (8:10pm ET)

Pitching Matchup: Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.12 ERA) (TEX) vs TBA (HOU)

The Rangers now have won nine games in a row against the Astros, and Lewis has been particularly dominant against them. In 12 starts since 2010, he has gone 9-1 with a 2.71 ERA, and he has gone 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA at Minute Maid Park. In 2015, he went 4-0 with a 4.15 ERA in five starts against Houston. So unless Houston convinces Nolan Ryan to come down out of the suites and pitch against Texas, the signs look pretty good for Lewis dominating the Astros once again.

May 20: Chicago Cubs at San Francisco (10:15pm ET)

Pitching Matchup: Jake Arrieta (7-0, 1.29 ERA) (CHI) vs TBA (SF)

Let’s see. He already has a no-hitter this year, and in his last outing he struck out 11 Pirates and only permitted three hits in eight innings. The Cubs have won the last 21 games he started. In his four career starts against San Francisco, he is 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA. I’d put my money on the Cubs in this one.