Baseball season has arrived, and we have our first jam-packed Sunday slate of the year. Here are my favorite MLB bets to consider on DraftKings Sportsbook.
If you’ve been following my limited MLB plays on Twitter, this is one we’ve already been on a couple of times this season. Two dominant teams remain in strong spots to wrap up these opening series, and the pitching advantages remain pretty significant.
The Dodgers have put up 22 runs through the first three games at Coors Field and now get to essentially face the Rockies in a bullpen game. Austin Gomber, who was a relief pitcher for the Cardinals last season, will make the start for Colorado. Gomber actually pieced together a couple of nice starts at the end of the regular season, but they came against much lesser competition than these Dodgers bats in a hitter’s park. Julio Urias is coming off a strong showing in 2020, including giving up just three hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings at Coors — a 9-3 victory.
The Padres have won all three games against the Diamondbacks so far, including 7-0 on Saturday. San Diego is very deep when it comes to the rotation, and will turn to Chris Paddack on Sunday. Paddack performed slightly better at home in 2020 and managed a 2.31 ERA in a pair of starts against Arizona. Taylor Widener, another mediocre bullpen arm, makes the start for the D-Backs. Widener gave up five runs in his last 3 2⁄3 innings against the Padres and the Arizona pen has been struggling all series to start 2021. Let’s go chalk!
Big name on the mound at home for the Angels in Shohei Ohtani, who took a lot of money leading up to the start of the season in the MVP market. While the dude can rake at the dish, let’s remember that it’s been a while since he’s had success as a pitcher. Ohtani only made two appearances on the mound in 2020, allowing seven earned runs in 1 2⁄3 innings pitched. He had absolutely no control in his return to the mound back in July, actually giving up five runs to the A’s without recording an out in the first inning, ending his day.
I like this White Sox offense to do some early damage, which is already something they’ve been doing well to begin the season. Despite being 1-2 in this series, Chicago has led after five innings in two games, and the other was tied (with the White Sox pulling ahead in the top of the sixth inning). Dylan Cease will get the start for Chicago, coming off a solid 4.01 ERA in 12 starts last season. I think solid is good enough to get it done here, as we’re more focused on fading Ohtani while backing an offense that’s started games hot.
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