This article is part of our MLB Betting series.
Season 9-3 (6-0 last 6)
Riding a six-game winning streak as a bettor is a great feeling, but just know that it can reverse very quickly, so let's continue to grind for alternative bets tonight and keep winning.
Milwaukee Brewers at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 pm EST
The Brewers are without
Christian Yelich, Omar Narvaez, Keston Hiura, Lorenzo Cain. This leaves the worst lineup going tonight against a high strikeout, but high-risk pitcher in Vince Velasquez. The Brewers' bottom half of the lineup is where VV should do some major damage tonight.
Velasquez has only gone four innings in each of his last two starts but averages 1.5 strikeouts per inning this year. The play here is he can get to six innings and potentially eight strikeouts. I think even if he goes five innings we get seven strikeouts.
The Bet – Velasquez over 6.5 strikeouts for 1 RW buck
Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland A's 9:40 pm EST
We head over to the trusty Rotowire Top Prop Bets for our third play today and find Frankie Montas under 6.5 strikeouts. RW has him projected for only 4.7 (+38% edge). Montas has only exceeded 6.5 strikeouts once this year and that was against the lowly Detroit Tigers who have a 31% strikeout rate which is dead last in baseball. Now he gets a loaded Blue Jays lineup – with George Springer back – that only strikes out 23% of the time (10th lowest).
The biggest thing with this bet is that Montas could get lit up and be out of the game early and we get an easy win.
BET – Frankie Montas under 6.5 strikeouts (+105) for 2 RW buck
Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs 7:40 pm EST
I very rarely lay more than -150 in a baseball game, so taking Buehler on the road is not an option tonight. But when you have a serious mismatch in pitching, the next place to look is the run line.
Buehler has been incredible this year with 31 strikeouts and only 2 walks, with a 3.16 era and 0.96 WHIP. He did get roughed up against the Reds last time out, but they have been one of the best hitting teams in baseball so far. Hendricks has been one of the biggest disappointments with a 1-3 record, 7.54 ERA and 1.76 WHIP. Out of the five starts, two of them have been serviceable but he got torched in the other three. Hendricks has allowed 10 home runs in just 22 innings.
Another tip for betting run lines is noting the total which is 8.5. If it was under 8 I would not lay the -1.5 as it represents a higher percentage of the total. (1.5 / 8.5 vs. 1.5 / 8 ). Also, the money line has moved from -165 to -190 and is climbing.
The Bet – Dodgers -1.5 runs +155 for 1 RW buck