Hey, it’s Sunday! We’ve got a jam-packed slate with plenty of games to choose from and so many valuable lines out there that it’s hard to pick just a few. With that said, here are my best MLB bets to consider on DraftKings Sportsbook.
San Diego Padres at Houston Astros
Astros First Five Innings (-122)
#FadeSnell is in full effect, baby. The lefty has been elite in the strikeout department once again in 2021, but that’s just about where the good ends. The bad is pretty bad for the standards we hold the former Cy Young Award winner to — a 13.9% walk rate, a 4.50 ERA backed by a 4.66 xERA, a 40% hard-hit rate and a .460 xwOBA on contact. Yet, despite all of this, Snell continues to be priced like one of the league’s best pitchers at essentially a pick ’em for this game.
Yes, the Padres offense appears to be back, but let’s consider the fact that the majority of those 21 runs scored over the last two games (almost all of them, actually) were scored off of the Houston bullpen, which is maybe the worst in baseball at the moment. Zack Greinke should continue on the tradition of Astros starters shoving in this series before the bullpen takes over and tries its best to blow it. Snell’s strikeout stuff shouldn’t play up against the league leaders in contact. The Astros will lead after five.
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Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
A’s ML (-143)
Fading Jose Quintana in day games is one of my favorite past times. Generally speaking, I think Quintana stinks no matter the circumstances, but he’s been decisively worse in day games over his career with a 4.30 ERA. I’m not entirely sure the Angels' offense can bother Cole Irvin here, either. Irvin’s been rock solid for Oakland all year and now faces a relatively easy opponent. The Angels have been struggling, ranking 14th in wRC+ over the past two weeks and they’ve also never had success against lefties this year, hitting .239.
This is a pretty lopsided matchup, and I’d make betting on the A’s pricier. Los Angeles has looked lethargic lately, and you have to remember it is still playing without Mike Trout.
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Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
Mets ML -132
Yes, we’re going to Sunday Night Baseball for the last winner of the day. The Mets are in first place in the NL East by 3.5 games despite having 17 players on the injured list. That’s impressive! What’s even more impressive is that this scrap heap of players scored 13 runs on Saturday in a game started by the talented Ian Anderson. Francisco Lindor may have just broken out of his slump, and Jonathan Villar continues to be a hot bat. I believe in this lineup right now, as crazy as it sounds, and when you consider the indomitable Jacob deGrom is pitching, only a couple of runs should be required here. Atlanta is in rough shape right now, and I love pouncing on them here.
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