Best MLB Parlay Picks of the Weekend

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 12, 2016 in

f you think you have a lock on a couple of MLB games on a given day, you can make the betting lines pay off for you by lining up a parlay wager. You take advantage of increased odds compared to what you would have made if the single games had each paid off. Here are some MLB parlay picks we really like for this weekend.

Best MLB Parlay Picks of the Weekend

Friday, August 12: Kansas City over Minnesota / Texas over Detroit

The Kansas City Royals have fallen off their performance from a year ago, when they won the World Series, and the work that Yordano Ventura (7-9, 4.64 ERA) has put on the table has mirrored that inconsistency. However, his last three starts have all been solid, as he has put together 19 innings with just six earned runs (including 3 ER in his last 11 innings). He took a 3-2 loss against the Rangers but then beat the Rays and the Blue Jays. When his fiery fastball is on, he’s just about impossible to beat. I like him to knock off a 46-69 Minnesota Twins team that has a fork sticking out of its collective back.

The Rangers will start Yu Darvish against the Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez has a hefty 5.88 ERA and has a bad habit of finding too much of the plate with his breaking stuff. Despite his solid start last time out, I don’t think he can match what Darvish (7 IP, 0 ER in his last start against Houston) will bring, so I like the Rangers here.

 

Saturday, August 13: Philadelphia over Colorado / San Francisco over Baltimore

The Phillies put one of their best starters on the hill in Jerad Eickhoff. Despite his 7-12 record, he only has a 3.78 ERA. One reason for those dozen losses has been poor run support from one of the most pedestrian offenses in all of baseball. He beat San Diego on August 7, but before that he took two straight losses, despite the fact that he only permitted a single earned run in 12 innings against the Marlins and the Braves. The Rockies send out Tyler Anderson, who held the Rangers to a single earned run despite taking the loss on Monday. The Rockies just dropped three of four to Texas, with all three losses of the comeback variety in the late innings. That sort of momentum wears on a team, and I like the Phillies to get to Anderson.

The Orioles start Kevin Gausman, who is 3-9 on the season, in San Francisco against Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner has had some bad luck in recent starts, but his skill with the bat (this game is in a NL park) gives the Giants a real advantage at the bottom of the lineup. Even with the pitchers even I like the Giants here, but with them batting I think they will win this fairly easily.