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Tracking MLB betting action for Thursday, August 5th

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

Isiah Kiner-Falefa #9 of the Texas Rangers hits a double against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning at Globe Life Field on August 04, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

After going 1-1 to start the week off on Tuesday, we had a perfect 2-0 day on Wednesday’s 15-game slate. Our first winning bet was Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas, who went over 5.5 strikeouts (-130), recording 8 strikeouts in 6.0 IP. Despite the price tag, it always nice to cash in on a prop bet.

The last winning bet came courtesy of the Atlanta Braves (-115), who fought back from an early 3-0 deficit, winning 7-4 over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves and Cards were tied up at 4-4 heading into the 8th inning, but they got 3 insurance runs thanks to a sac fly and fielding error.

After a solid Wednesday, can we have that same mojo on Thursday? Here we’re going to be tracking all the best MLB picks base on the odds and lines on DraftKings Sportsbook for Thursday’s baseball action.

MLB picks for Thursday, August 5th — Record YTD (23-18)

Rangers (-110) vs. Angels

Whenever its a Wednesday or Thursday in the majors, you will not find a lot of favorable matchups to pick from. However, we might’ve found a solid matchup to play between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels.

The Rangers have struggled this season and are one of the worst teams in the league. Texas has also lost the first two-straight games to the Angels and are on the verge of being swept Thursday afternoon. But they may be able to get a win against Angels starting pitcher Dylan Bundy. Bundy has not looked good on the mound this season with a record of 1-8 and 6.66 ERA.

Furthermore, the 28-year-old starter has not won a game on the road this year with a 0-5 record and 6.56 ERA. This will be his second time facing the Rangers this season, who beat him 6-4 on April 19. In that outing, Bundy allowed 7 hits, 5 earned runs (1 HR), but struck out 6 in 5.0 IP. I like the Rangers to get the win because of Bundy’s inefficiences on the mound this season, more so than what we will see out Spencer Howard, who is making his Rangers debut.

Blue Jays -1.5 (-110) vs. Indians

If you do not want to play the Blue Jays’ moneyline, which is priced at -195, then the next best play is run line at a smooth -110. Toronto has won their last two games against the Cleveland Indians by an average of 3.5 runs per game. Since they returned to Canada on July 30th, the Jays are outscoring their opponents by 2.3 runs per game.

Furthermore, Toronto’s offense is outscoring opposing teams by 25 runs in their last 10 games with a .275 batting average. The Jays should not have any issues with Indians’ starter Triston McKenzie, who has struggled on the road this season with a 1-4 record and 6.75 ERA.

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