Top MLB Parlay Picks for the Weekend

Posted by Aaron . on April 29, 2016 in

When your balance is a little low — or when you’re just needing some excitement — the parlay bet can really turn things around for you. Sure, you have to wait for that second game to finish, but it adds some sparkle to those late innings when you feel your team is ahead and that big payday is coming in. Let’s look at a couple of solid MLB parlay picks for you this weekend.

Top MLB Parlay Picks for the Weekend

 

 

Friday: Washington at St. Louis / New York Yankees at Boston

The Yankees are sending their ace to the hill in Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.92 ERA in four starts). He struck out seven the last time out against the Tampa Bay Rays. The problem for the Yankees is their offense, which has been fairly frigid for most of the season. They meet a Red Sox team that sends Henry Owens to the mound, who has an unsightly 8.10 ERA this year and got tattooed by the Yankees last year. In his two starts against the Pinstripes last year, he went 0-2 and posted a 13.50 ERA. I could see the Yankees finding some offensive mojo against the Red Sox in this one.

You’ve got Steven Strasburg pitching for the Nats (3-0, 2.17 ERA through four starts) and Mike Leake for the Cards (0-2, 5.64 through four starts). You’ve got Stephen Drew (.667 lifetime against Leake). You’ve got six different Nats starters who have home runs off Leake in their career. So you’ve pretty much got a Nationals win lined up, right?

Saturday: Los Angeles Angels at Texas / Detroit at Minnesota

Derek Holland pitches for the Rangers in this one (2-1, 3.13 ERA). The Angels will send Matt Shoemaker (1-3, 6.87 ERA) to the hill. Shoemaker has been OK so far this year, but Holland is showing signs of the dominance he was demonstrating before he basically spent two years on the DL. I cover this in more detail in my SU picks article for the weekend, but I like the Rangers in this one.

The Tigers roll out their new ace, Jordan Zimmermann (4-0, 0.35 ERA) in this one. He started the season with 24 scoreless innings until the A’s got a run across on Monday. Even so, he limited them to that single run during 6 innings. Tyler Duffey (0-0, 2.25 ERA) got his first start of the year on Sunday, but he got hit in his throwing shoulder by a batted ball and left the game after just four innings. He only surrendered one run, and he has been cleared to start, but Miguel Cabrera is hitting .400 against him lifetime, Nick Castellanos is hitting .500 and J.D. Martinez is hitting .600. No Twins starter has ever gotten a hit off Zimmermann, who has spent most of his career in the National League to date. I’m predicting a Tiger win here.

Sunday: Houston at Oakland / Atlanta at Chicago Cubs

Let’s see. You have Doug Fister (1-3, 5.56 ERA) against Rich Hill (3-2, 2.42 ERA, 37 K in 26 innings). I cover this game in the straight up picks article too, but Hill is red-hot, with seven scoreless innings agianst the Tigers last time out. Fister has been a dumpster fire since he won his first start against Milwaukee.

And how about those Cubs? Best record to open a season since 1907. What did they do in 1907? They won the World Series. They get the Braves (5-17), who are sending Matt Wisler to the mound. Wisler (0-2, 4.26 ERA in four starts) started at Wrigley against the Cubs on August 23 of last year, but he gave up four long home runs in just 2 innings. The Cubs send out Jason Hammel (3-0, 0.75 ERA). Hammel shut down the Reds in his last start, throwing six shutout innings In fact, he’s only allowed two earned runs in 24 innings. At the plate, he’s driven in three runs, meaning he’s accounted for more runs than he has permitted. I’m taking Oakland and Chicago in this parlay.