I already have looked at three straight-up Major League Baseball picks for the holiday weekend. But picking a straight up winner isn’t all that tough. You can make more money doing a parlay and here are three options on online sports betting lines for game totals.
A Look at the Top MLB Parlay Betting Picks for the Weekend (May 27-29)
St. Louis at Washington (Sunday, May 29th)
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The total here likely will be 7.5, and I’d lean under. For the Cardinals, it’s struggling Michael Wacha, but he’s too good to keep pitching like he has. Wacha (2-5) allowed eight runs on eight hits and four walks with four strikeouts over four innings in a loss Tuesday against the Cubs. Wacha is in a rut, as he has allowed at least four runs in each of his last four starts and at least six earned runs in each of his last two. His last quality start came May 3 against the Phillies; since then, his ERA has jumped from 2.65 to 5.04. The big problem has been control: 13 of his 22 walks have come in his past four starts. Going under here is more about Washington’s Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg (8-0, 2.79 ERA) won a second consecutive decision against the Mets on Tuesday, striking out 11 in 6.2 innings while allowing a pair of runs on four hits and two walks. The Nationals have won 14 consecutive starts made by Strasburg, extending his own franchise record. Since he returned from the DL last June, only Jake Arrieta and Clayton Kershaw own a better ERA than Strasburg. He beat the Cardinals in St. Louis earlier this year, allowing just two runs in seven innings, striking out nine.
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City (Sunday, May 29th)
The total here should be around 7.5 as well and I’d lean under. It’s White Sox ace and Cy Young candidate Chris Sale. Sale (9-1) allowed six runs on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts as he lasted just 3.1 innings in a loss Tuesday against Cleveland. For the 1st time in 10 starts this season, Sale did not win and he did not make a quality start. Sale had a 10-game win streak come to an end, dating back to his last start in ’15. It marked his first start all season in which he has failed to go at least five innings or hold his opponent to three runs or fewer, and just the second time an opponent has scored more than one run off him since April 9. It’s Edinson Volquez for Kansas City. Volquez (5-4) allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts over 6.2 inning in Tuesday’s win over the Twins. Volquez has alternated quality starts and starts with four or more runs allowed going back to his fourth start of the season April 21 against Detroit. Sale won’t have another bad start.
LA Dodgers at New York Mets (Sunday, May 29th)
This is the Sunday night ESPN game and likely will have a total of 6.5. I’d still go under because of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw (7-1) threw a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and one walk in Monday’s win over the Reds. Although Kershaw’s streak of six double-digit-strikeout games in a row ended, it was still one of the most dominant starts of his season. No Reds runner made it to third base and Kershaw retired the last 17 hitters consecutively. This month, the Dodgers’ ace has tossed three shutouts in five starts, yielding three earned runs across 42 innings. He’s struck out 55 batters against just two walks in that span. It’s Bartolo Colon for the Mets. He was strong last time out against Washington, allowing one run on five hits over seven innings. The last time Colon faced the Dodgers, he posted his worst start of the season: five runs in five innings. Kershaw likely will blank the Mets, so go under on betting lines.