2016 MLB Betting: 5 Underdogs to Consider Chasing on 6/10
There is a ton of MLB betting action to be had on Friday night, as a whopping 15 games are scheduled to sound off after 7:00 pm ET tonight.
Included are a ton of elite arms, with Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, Stephen Strasburg and several others on display. Those guys could make betting on their respective games a bit tricky, but there are a couple of situations that have moved some Moneylines to the point where considering a bet may not be a bad idea.
That brings us to our four favorite underdog plays of the night. We’re mostly pointing these out as logical attempts at big payouts, but be sure to always note the risk and never get too crazy with your bets. With that, let’s take a look at five interesting underdog bets to consider for 6/10:
Cardinals over Pirates
The St. Louis Cardinals are oddly winning more with hard hitting than defense this year, but there is a good chance they keep it up tonight even though they’re on the road against Gerrit Cole.
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— St. Louis Cardinals (@CardsNewsBot) June 10, 2016
Cole has not found much success at his own stadium this year, going just 1-2 and lately just has not been bringing his A game. The Pirates in general have been sliding (3-7 in last 10) and are behind the Cards.
St. Louis throws Michael Wacha into the fire against a solid offense, but the Cardinals are oddly better on the road than they are at home. If we’re to believe that logic all sticks, they might be a strong upset bid at +155.
Marlins over Diamondbacks
It’s never easy to trust either the Marlins or D’Backs, but Arizona is the easy favorite in their home base tonight. They boast the superior offense on paper, too, but perhaps what Vegas is failing to realize is they’re kind of awful (10-22) at their home park this year.
One big reason why Arizona struggles at home is because it’s a hitter’s park and their pitching has been atrocious there. Throw in Patrick Corbin, who has been brutal on the year, and Miami’s offense bumps up a few notches. Their pitching isn’t any better here, but on a leveled playing field, we’ll give the Marlins at +131 a shot.
Padres over Rockies
San Diego’s offense is about as weak as it gets, but they could get a serious lift tonight when they take on the Rockies at Coors Field. Colorado is a tough offense to match at their home base and will understandably be the favorite with Jon Gray on the mound, but anything goes in this stadium.
Wil Myers comes in red hot and we know Matt Kemp can swing the bat, so there is a decent chance the Padres make this interesting. As +185 underdogs, they may be worth betting on in this one.
Giants over Dodgers
This is one of the top pitcher matchups of the night – if not the matchup – as bitter NL West rivals face off with both Clayton Kershaw and Johnny Cueto set to do work.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 10, 2016
This matchup overall might favor Kersh at first glance, but the Dodgers have not been a very reliable offense lately and could easily get stifled but Cueto, who has pitched well in five straight wins. Cueto is also the one at home, so Kershaw could get boned here even if he matches Cueto with a gem of his own.
Kershaw is the bigger name and for some reason people tend to think the Dodgers are the superior team, even though right now San Francisco leads the division and is at home tonight. That could make the underdog Giants (+147) a good upset play tonight.
Phillies over Nationals
This is the big one to consider targeting, as the Nats are clear favorites tonight at home with ace Stephen Strasburg on the mound.
Truth be told, there is not a ton of logic supporting a Phillies upset, but they have the biggest Moneyline available tonight and there are two pieces of information that could help them out: Strasburg has been dealing with a calf issue and he’s so far sporting an unblemished 9-0 record. Perfect records always end eventually and if Stras isn’t quite himself, the Phillies could possibly take advantage of it.
We don’t necessarily love their chances, but even a $10 bet could get you back $25 back if they can pull off the upset.
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