The weekend is here and we have a full slate of MLB action taking place on both, Saturday and Sunday, baseball bettors everywhere will have a multitude of chances to strike pay dirt – if they know where to look for the best value matchups on this weekend’s docket.
Thankfully, I’ve done the legwork and will identify a trio of weekend matchups that look like they could all be both, quite entertaining – and equally a value-packed. Since haste make waste and you’ve likely got plans to either party or kick back, let’s get this party started right! Find the latest MLB betting odds here.
Top MLB Betting Matches Of The Weekend (May 7th)
New York Yankees (17-9) at Chicago Cubs (16-12)
When: Saturday, May 6, 7:15 PM ET
Where: Wrigley Field
Probable Pitchers: New York – Jordan Montgomery – L / Chicago – Brett Anderson – L
Analysis: The Cubs took a three-game winning streak into Friday night’s series opener, but the Yankees have also been pretty hot in winning two straight and five of seven. New York southpaw Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 4.15 ERA) limited Baltimore to three run on three hits and four walks in 5.0 inning of a 7-4 loss on Sunday in his last start. Montgomery has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his four MLB starts.
Chicago lefty Brett Anderson (2-1, 6.23 ERA) took the mound in rain and wind in his last start – and got smacked senseless in allowing seven earned runs on seven hits in just 1.1 innings of Chicago’s 10-2 loss to Philadelphia on Monday. For this matchup, I’m going to urge you to back the New York Yankees to get the win seeing as how they’ve gone 8-1 in their last nine games against a left-handed starter and the Cubs are just 1-5 in their last six games against teams from AL East and 5-12 in their last 17 Interleague games against a left-handed starter.
Pick: Yankees 5 Cubs 3
St. Louis Cardinals (13-14) at Atlanta Braves (11-15)
Sunday, May 7, 1:35 PM ET
Where: SunTrust Park
Probable Pitchers: St. Louis – Michael Wacha – R / Atlanta – R.A. Dickey – R
Analysis: St. Louis right-hander Michael Wacha (2-1, 3.23 ERA) got smacked around for five earned runs on four hits including one home run in his last start as the Cardinals fell to Milwaukee 7-5 on Monday. The 42-year-old Atlanta right-hander R.A. Dickey (3-2, 3.94 ERA) limited the Mets to three earned runs on three hits on four hits in 6.0 innings of Atlanta’ 9-7 win over New York on Tuesday.
With both teams dropping three of four heading into Friday’s series opener, I’m going to urge you to back the Atlanta Braves at home in this matchup simply because they’ve given R.A. Dickey some nice run support this season a evidenced by the fact that they’ve scored a whopping 16 combined runs in his last two starts.
The Braves are 7-1 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, not to mention the fact that they’re statistically better than St. Louis in almost every significant category except power hitting and bench production.
Pick: Atlanta 4 St. Louis 3
Boston Red Sox (15-13) at Minnesota Twins (14-12)
When: Sunday, May 7, 2:10 PM ET
Where: Target Field
TV: NESN, FSNO
Probable Pitchers: Boston – Chris Sale – L / Minnesota – Ervin Santana – R
Analysis: Boston lefty Chris Sale (2-2, 1.38 ERA) has been phenomenal in his first six starts with the Red Sox while striking out 10 or more in each of his last five times out. Sale limited Baltimore to two earned runs on three hits in 8.0 innings of Boston’s 5-2 win on Tuesday. Unfortunately, Sale is just 8-6 with a high 4.58 ERA in 16 career starts against the Twins.
While Sale has been rock-solid for the BoSox in his first season in Beantown, Minnesota’s Ervin Santana (5-0, 0.66 ERA) has been even better for the surprising Twins this season. The veteran right-hander tossed six shutout innings against Oakland on Tuesday in Minnesota’s 9-1 win and has compiled the lowest ERA of any starter in the majors this season.
For this matchup, I’m going to advise you to back the Minnesota Twins simply because Ervin Santana has been absolutely overpowering so far in 2017. The Red Sox are just 2-9 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning record and 1-7 in their last 8 against teams from the AL Central. On the flip side of the coin, Minnesota has gone 4-1 in their last 5 games overall, 5-2 in their last seven home games against the Red Sox and a perfect 5-0 with Ervin Santana on the mound this season.
Pick: Minnesota 3 Boston 1