MLB Best Bets & Parlay of the Day: Sunday, 8/28

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    Time (EST)GameStartersPick
    2:10pmBaltimore Orioles @ Houston AstrosVoth (BAL)
    Verlander (HOU)
    HOU -1.5 (-104)
    4:07pmNew York Yankees @ Oakland Athletics Schmidt (NYY)
    Martinez (OAK)
    NYY -1.5 (-129)
    7:08pmAtlanta Braves @ St. Louis CardinalsOdorizzi (ATL)
    Wainwright (STL)
    STL ML (-130)
    1:37pmLos Angeles Angels @ Toronto Blue JaysDavidson (PIT)
    Gibson (PHI)
    TOR -1.5 (-122)
    2:10pmChicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers Sampson (CHC)
    Lauer (MIL)
    MIL F5 3-way (-117)
    2:10pmArizona Diamondbacks @ Chicago White SoxDavies (ARI)
    Cease (CHW)
    CHW F5 3-way (-136)
    4:10pm Cleveland Guardians @ Seattle Mariners Civale (CLE)
    Ray (SEA)
    SEA F5 3-way (-110)

    Baltimore Orioles (Voth) @ Houston Astros (Verlander)
    HOU -1.5 (-104)
    – The Orioles have had a very impressive season with their young core arriving a year or two before most people expected. They are currently only 1.5 games out of the 3rd wild card spot in the American League. The O’s hope to complete the sweep of the Astros this afternoon which will be a tall order since the Astros have the best record in the AL. The Astros have Justin Verlander on the mound today and he has been spectacular this year after not pitching in 2021 due to injury. Over 149 innings he has a 1.87 ERA which is the best in all of baseball among qualified pitchers. Austin Voth faced the Astros in a relief appearance earlier this season and gave up 2 runs in 1 inning. The Astros are heavy favorites today at -210 ML but I’m going with the value of taking them at -1.5 at -104.

    New York Yankees (Schmidt) @ Oakland Athletics (Martinez)
    NYY -1.5 (-129) –
    Many questioned the Yankees decision to trade starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the Cardinals at the deadline this year. Aside from how well Monty has pitched since the trade, fans wondered what depth the Yankees would turn to with Luis Severino expected to remain on the IL until mid September and lots of question marks about what to expect from Domingo German coming back from suspension. The answer to that question appears to be Clarke Schmidt. Schmidt has been lights out in AAA this season and has a 2.18 ERA over 33 innings in the Bronx this year working as a multi-inning reliever. He pitched 3 scoreless innings last week against the Mets to close the game out for the win. A’s rookie Adrian Martinez has a 6.08 ERA over 5 starts this year and faces a dangerous Yankees lineup today. The Yankees are favored heavily today but I’m taking NYY -1.5 at -129.

    Atlanta Braves (Odorizzi) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Wainwright)
    STL ML (-130) –
    In a great matchup tonight on Sunday Night Baseball we have the Cardinals and the Braves facing off in the deciding game of their 3 game series that could be preview of a playoff matchup in a couple of months. Over the last 30 days the Cardinals offense has been on fire with a combined team 145 wRC+. Jake Odorizzi has been decent for the Braves since arriving at the deadline with a 4.58 ERA since the trade. The Cardinals counter with Adam Wainwright who looks to finish August on a high note after putting up 2.45 ERA already for the month. Tonight I’m rolling with Wainwright and the Cardinals bats and taking the STL ML at -130.

    MLB Parlay of the Day (+520)

    Time (EST)GamePick
    2:10pmBaltimore Orioles @ Houston AstrosHOU -1.5 (-104)
    4:07pmNew York Yankees @ Oakland Athletics NYY -1.5 (-129)
    7:08pmAtlanta Braves @ St. Louis CardinalsSTL ML (-130)

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