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MLB Best Bets: Baseball Picks, Predictions to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook for April 11

Kenny Ducey gives his best bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for Sunday’s MLB betting card.

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We’re winding down the weekend, and what better cure for the Sunday Scaries than a massive 13-game card on the diamond? I’ve got my eyes on some totals that I think should cash with relative comfortability. With that in mind, here are my favorite MLB bets to consider on DraftKings Sportsbook.


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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

Pirates +130

I’m going fade Chicago for a third time, only this will be in a slightly different way. Yep, I really have that much distrust in the Cubs’ bats. Their lineup hasn’t changed at all since I started taking the under in this series on Thursday — it still lacks any imposing players from the left side. JT Brubaker has been capable in the early days of his career, posting a 4.42 xERA last year and dazzling in his first outing of the season last week against a very good Reds team. I expect the Cubs to continue having issues striking out and making contact off of righties, and for Trevor Williams to regress a bit here and struggle against his former team.


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Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians

Over 9

Jose Urena has been a no good, very bad pitcher over the course of his career. He enters with a lifetime ERA+ of just 86, signaling that he’s been a below-average starter the entire time he’s played in the major leagues. Cleveland’s bats have been heating up for a few games now, and I’d say Saturday’s 11-run outburst was long overdue when you look at the contact rate and the quality contact rate as well for this team. On the other end, I’m still a big believer in these Tigers bats, particularly against a right-hander when they have the opportunity to get Nomar Mazara and Akil Baddoo in the lineup. This is a high total, but I think in addition to two bad pitchers there are two capable offenses that can get us to the total.


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Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Brewers +110

I’ve been a big fan of the Cardinals this season, and generally speaking I’m a believer in their bats. That said, they’ve struggled mightily against lefties, to the tune of a 79 wRC+. With so much early success, that’s rather surprising to hear, but important to consider here against Brett Anderson nonetheless.

The lefty wasn’t great in his first start of the season, allowing almost 50% of the balls put back in play to travel 95-plus mph off the bat in a loss to the Cubs, but generally speaking he’s been fine over the past few years. Not great, not bad, just fine. While I don’t expect a shutout here from Anderson, I do think it’s reasonable to think that the Brewers’ bats can stay hot against a pitcher in Daniel Ponce de Leon who has pretty much been in the same category as Anderson numbers-wise.


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