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Tracking MLB betting action for Saturday, August 21st

We’re adding in all our favorite plays on DraftKings Sportsbook for Saturday’s MLB slate.

Cleveland Indians Pitcher Triston McKenzie (24) pitches during baseball game between Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers on August 15, 2021 at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI Photo by Allan Dranberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We have a full 15-game slate in the majors on Saturday, beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET with the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees. There are a lot good matchups happening across the league that will feature a ton of betting implications.

We went 1-1 in our best bets for the second-straight day on Friday night. Our first winning best bet was White Sox starter Lucas Giolito over 7.5 strikeouts (-105). Giolito recorded 8 strikeouts and only gave up 3 hits (1 HR) along with 2 earned runs in 7.0 IP. But we couldn’t pull off our second prop bet win as Braves starter Max Fried had 4 strikeouts in a complete shutout against the Orioles. Fried’s strikeout prop was set at over 5.5 strikeouts at +115 odds.

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 21st

Indians (-130) vs. Angels

This might be one of our more random best bets of the week as we’re going to play the Indians on the moneyline this afternoon. Cleveland defeated the Angels 9-1 Friday night, which snapped their three-game home losing skid. The Indians will start Triston McKenzie, who is coming off the best outing of his career. McKenzie had a season-high 11 strikeouts in 8.0 IP against the Detroit Tigers. The 24-year-old has pitched well through his first 3 starts in August with a 2.14 ERA.

The Angels are only hitting .249 against right-handed pitching this season, which works well in McKenzie’s favor. On the other end of the spectrum, 22-year-old Reid Detmers is making his fourth career start. Detmers has allowed 12 earned runs 4 HRs through 15.1 IP (3 starts).

Reds -1.5 (-110) vs. Marlins

Since the Reds are an overwhelming favorite this evening (-220) against the Marlins, we are going to instead attack the run line. Miami have lost five-straight games by an average of 4.2 runs per game. As for Cincinnati, they’ve won the first-two games of this series, which includes their 5-3 victory on Friday night.

The Reds have one of the best offenses in the majors this season, averaging 5.06 runs per game and 5.54 runs per game at home. Cincinnati will have their work cut out for them as they will be facing Zach Thompson, who has a 3.86 ERA on the road this season. But I still like their offense to get it done as they are hitting .259 against right-handed pitching this season.

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