MLB Betting Games of the Weekend (May 7-9)

Posted by Aaron . on May 5, 2017 in

While the playoffs in the NHL and the NBA are in full swing, Major League Baseball also has a full slate of weekend games coming up — including some matchups that you can make some money on. And this weekend, we have some really interesting matchups to keep an eye out for.Take a look at our recommendations for the best bets for you in the junior and the senior circuit.

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MLB Betting Games of the Weekend (May 7-9)

Friday: Texas at Seattle (10:10pm ET)

The Rangers start Yu Darvish on Friday night. Darvish was the subject of an intriguing analysis that found that he gets hit hard by the leadoff batter more than any other starting pitcher in all of MLB, but after he can get past that batter, he puts up ace numbers. In his last start he has posted a 2-0 record with a 2.57 ERA, and for the season he has fanned 41 men. He threw 125 pitches his last time out, so the Rangers gave him an extra day of rest.

The Mariners start Yovani Gallardo (1-3, 5.08 ERA). Gallardo faced Texas last year when he was pitching for the Orioles, permitting nine hits and four runs in six innings, in a no-decision. Given the fact that three Rangers have career batting averages against Gallardo of .500 or higher, this looks like a night when the Rangers might actually get a win. I’m taking the Rangers over the Mariners in this one.

Saturday: Cleveland at Kansas City (4:15pm ET)

Jason Vargas (4-1, 1.42 ERA) has four of the Royals’ nine victories, and he picked up a win his last time out, hurling six innings and permitting just one run. He has fanned 29 batters. His counterpart is Josh Tomlin (2-3, 8.87 ERA). He picked up a win in his last start but he just went five innings and permitted four earned runs on eight hits. Against Kansas City for his career, Tomlin has a 9-4 record with a 4.33 ERA over 114 innings. Collectively, the Royals lineup has eight career home runs off Tomlin. While the Royals have started in a real funk this season, I pick them to knock off Cleveland on Saturday.

Sunday: Boston at Minnesota (2:10pm ET)

The Red Sox made a big splash when they signed Chris Sale to their starting rotation, and he has not disappointed. He has struck out 63 batters in 45 innings, and his 2-2 record is more a testament to low run support than anything he has done wrong, as his ERA is a frigid 1.38. However, he takes on a Minnesota Twins team featuring Ervin Santana (5-0, 0.66 ERA) on Sunday afternoon. Santana has gotten all kinds of run support (36 runs in his five wins). Both of these teams are scuffling along, just a couple games over .500, but that is a pleasant surprise in Minnesota, while it is causing indigestion all over New England. I like the Twins to win this Sunday afternoon special (although you will want to check injury reports after Saturday’s games before locking in your bets).