Sharp MLB Betting Picks for Week 10
The drama-filled 2016 MLB season has seemingly hit top gear now that we are in June, with some of the early-season pretenders starting to fade away and the real competitors progressively showing up in our online baseball betting boards. What does the just-starting Week 10 hold for bettors? Guide your Major League Baseball wagers for Week 10 with the following sharp MLB betting tips and picks.
Sharp MLB Betting Picks for Week 10
UNDER Game Total Watch
The Giants have a long week ahead of them, facing the Red Sox for two games (June 7-8) followed by the Dodgers for three days (June 10-12). Without Hunter Pence in the squad, it’s hard to expect a big offensive performance from San Francisco this week. But more notably, 4 of the 10 starters scheduled to participate in these games rank among the top 15 starting pitchers, as per ESPN.com, namely, Clayton Kershaw, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Madison Bumgarner. As we’ve seen all season, these pitchers rarely give up too many hits and runs, so there is a high-likelihood that the games featuring these starters will end up in some of the low-scoring games of the week, which should probably lead to some good UNDER betting values in game totals.
If I was to single out one game that I like most for an UNDER 5 or 6.5 game total, I would go with the ace matchup between Bumgarner and David Price on Wednesday, June 8th. Both starters have been delivering quality starts recently, and even with Boston having the best offense in the league, I’d expect the talent of both Bumgarner and Price to keep the scores low.
OVER Game Total Watch
The Kansas City Royals are seemingly finding their way back into the elite club with a remarkable season turn around after a slow start on the year as defending MLB champs. The bats have particularly been on the upswing, with the likes of Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Jarrod Dyson and Whit Merrifield playing quite well recently. This should be good news for Kansas City and game total bettors, as the Royals will be visiting two hitter-friendly parks this week–Baltimore (June 6-8) and Chicago (June 10-12). The fact that both the Orioles and the Orioles have also fared quite well lately in the hitting department should further add value in encouraging relatively high-scoring games with solid OVER game total potentials.
There are many pitchers and teams that have been struggling on the year, which would make them perfect fade-away candidates. However, strong offenses and lucky explosions—like San Diego’s surprising 27 runs scored in a two-game series against the Mariners last week—happen every so often in the MLB, so it would be inappropriate to judge games solely based on funks. That being said, I’d strongly consider picking against the struggling duo of Vince Velasquez and Matt Wisler in their respective starts against the Cubs this week. Chicago not only has a solid pitching department, but its offense knows how to come through with hits and runs at the opportune moments, making the Cubs trustworthy candidates to handle the aforementioned two strugglers.
Of the two starters, I particularly like Chicago’s road game against Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 8th, as it will be featuring Vasquez in a game against Chicago’s John Lackey, who is one of the better starters for the Cubs this year.
Trust in Miami’s Red-hot ace Jose Fernandez
Word out in the Fantasy MLB world is that Fernandez is facing the possibility of having his innings capped in the near future, but that shouldn’t really worry you until a formal word is given by his club. In the meantime, be on the lookout for any games featuring the ace Miami starter. Fernandez has been pure money in the MLB this season and is having arguably his best season in the Majors.
In his last outing against San Francisco on Sunday, which was coincidentally against a household name in Matt Harvey, Fernandez was spectacular, pitching seven shutout innings to lead the Marlins to a thrilling 1-0 win. Entering the week, Fernandez has now posted winning decisions in each of his last 8 starts and is yet to record a home loss since his first start of the year on April 6th. Not to mention, he’s allowed no more than one run in each of his last six consecutive starts. Kershaw is obviously having an otherworldly season, and he is rightfully the face of stellar pitching in the league right now, but Fernandez is just as good and deserves every bit of respect and trust for wins when he takes to the mound this week.