Happy Tuesday! We have a loaded 14-game card on the diamond, beginning with a matinee and ending out west with a fun pitching matchup in San Diego. I see value across the board in several underdogs, and think this could be the most fun day of the season to this point. With that in mind, here are my favorite MLB bets to consider on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Yes, I’m going with John Gant — the guy who hasn’t started a game in three years. Why? Well, for starters, how dare you ask. Gant has been one of the most dependable late-inning arms in the National League over the past two seasons, and his K/9 has increased in each of his last three seasons. Now, he has the treat of facing off against a Marlins team that has yet to really get the bats going (they had one game where they scored 10 runs off of Rich Hill, Chris Archer and Collin McHugh — insert laughing emoji here) and ranked ninth in strikeout rate last year.
Now, obviously, Gant’s not going to be pitching eight innings here, and he’s coming off a so-so spring. So, I understand this line. It’s not going to stop me from taking it, though, with a great bullpen and a lineup that’s been hitting like crazy to start the season backing him up.
I used to be a big Chase Anderson guy, but ever since his stellar 2017 season he’s been trending in the wrong direction. As the fifth starter for the Phillies, I’m not so sure they’re sold on the 33-year-old, either, and are simply taking a flier on the righty.
Well, if you’re into this sort of thing, Anderson had a solid 3.07 ERA this spring in 14.2 innings, which is promising considering we know he can be good. It could very well be enough to stymie the Mets, who mustered up just two runs on Monday against, uh, Matt Moore? It’s early, but the Phillies offense looks great, and the Mets’ looks like it may take a week or two to get up to speed with so many new faces and some important bats in different spots (I don’t understand why Kevin Pillar led off instead of Jeff McNeil, even against a lefty). Luis Rojas made some head-scratching decisions in the first game of this series, which is enough for me to back the red-hot Phillies. There’s a rule I follow in baseball betting: Ride the wave and don’t try to guess when it will end. You’ll make more money just riding streaks.
After what I saw from Germán Márquez on Opening Day at Coors Field — a stadium he never pitches well in — I’m so much more inclined to like the Rockies here than I am the Diamondbacks. Arizona has been dreadful with runners in scoring position so far this year, and aside from their big seven-spot last Thursday, which came off the back of solo shot after solo shot, this offense is very bad. On top of that, Luke Weaver will stumble into yet another season off of a turmoil-filled campaign, one which saw him struggle with hard contact. He is a blowup waiting to happen at Coors, and I’m willing to pay a low price on Márquez, who has shown some promise in his young career, after what he was able to do to the Dodgers’ bats last week.
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