We have a 16-game slate in the majors on Saturday, beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. There are a lot good matchups happening across the league that will feature a ton of betting implications.
We went 2-1 with our best bets on Friday night, bringing our record to 26-20. Our only loss on the night came via the New York Yankees’ run line -1.5 (+105), who defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in extra innings. I didn’t think that the Yankees were going to have trouble with Mariners starter Marco Gonzales, who actually turned in one of his better starts in the 2021 season. Despite the result, I’d still play the run line again because New York’s offense is very capable of putting a crooked number any day.
Our two wins were the Cardinals ML (-155), who defeated the Royals 4-2 in their series opener and snapped their three-game losing streak. The other winning bet was Chris Bassitt over 6.5 strikeouts (+110), who had 8 strikeouts in 6.0 IP against the Texas Rangers. It’s been hard to find a plus-money strikeout prop at a reasonable number, and thankfully it paid off.
Here we’re going to be tracking all the best MLB picks base on the odds and lines on DraftKings Sportsbook for Saturday’s baseball action.
MLB picks for Saturday, August 7th
Reds -1.5 (-105) vs. Pirates
If you do not want to play the Reds moneyline at -190, then the next best option is the run line. The Reds’ offense has been on fire recently, scoring 35 total runs in their last 5 games. Over that span of time, Cincinnati is outscoring their opponents by an average of 3.6 runs per game.
The Reds are destroying the Pirates’ pitching through the first two games of this series, including Friday night’s 10-0 win. Cincy will be going up against Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller, who has a 3-8 record and 7.05 ERA in 13 starts. The 25-year-old has pitched better on the road with a 4.82 ERA, but has struggled at with an ERA of 6.87. The Reds will need to score some runs as Vladimir Gutierrez has lost his last three home starts, where he’s gave up 8 home runs.
Rockies (-165) vs. Marlins
I usually do not like to play moneylines above -160 odds in baseball, but we have a good matchup between the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins. The Rockies have won 3 out of their last 5 games, including their 14-2 victory on Friday night. Despite having a record of 49-61, Colorado is one of the better home teams in the majors with a 36-21 record.
The Rockies will have Austin Gomber on the mound, who is 8-6 with an ERA of 4.04 through 18 starts. But he’s pitched phenomenally at Coors Field this season with a record of 4-1 and 1.89 ERA. In Gomber’s last four home starts, the Rockies are 3-1. If Gomber does what he needs to on the mound, then I think Colorado’s offense can jump on Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo, who is only making his second appearance this season at Coors.
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