Bets of the Day – May 24th

Kyle Stanzel highlights Monday's best bets around baseball.

This weekend was officially a sports overload, so we are going to keep it simple here on Monday at Pitcher List. No crazy prop bets or parlays, we are just pounding fastballs right down the middle today with a few basic bets:


Indians @ Tigers Total Runs O/U 9


I am typically not one to bet on a pitcher coming off of a no-hitter, but Spencer Turnbull has actually shown this ability for a few starts now and gets a Cleveland squad that hasn’t shown much at the plate this season. The Indians have been pretty abysmal all year (.293 wOBA, 84 wRC+) and now they are missing their premier power bat with Franmil Reyes on the IL. LHP Sam Hentges toes the rubber on the other side for Cleveland and has garnered mixed results in the first two starts of his career. Walks have been an issue in both, but Hentges was effective in 4.2 shutout innings against the Cubs before getting shelled early by the Angels last Monday. However, the Tigers have been famously bad against lefties this year (.262 wOBA, 64 wRC+) and I think Hentges has the repertoire to keep them in check. This is a little too high for the over between these subpar offenses and I think nine runs will be hard to reach.

Pick: UNDER 9 (-124 DK, -112 FD)


Orioles @ Twins Moneyline


Baltimore Orioles fans probably expected their record to look something like 17-29 at this point in the season, but I can guarantee you that Twins’ fans didn’t expect their squad to have the same record at this juncture. Minnesota has suffered through an extremely disappointing start and it has caused numerous players to be featured in trade rumors when they are not vacationing on the IL. While Baltimore has been especially bad of late, losers of six in a row, they have the ultimate stopper in John Means taking the mound Monday.  Means was roughed up a bit in his last start against the hot-hitting Rays, but I am not worried about him bouncing back against a Minnesota team that is missing several starters.

Matt Shoemaker was able to escape with a quality start against the White Sox despite allowing double-digit baserunners, but he has not been successful often this year. The Orioles have scored 14 runs in their last two games and recently got cleanup hitter Anthony Santander back from the IL. Trey Mancini is back to being an absolute menace at the plate and I like the Orioles here to back Means and pick up a win at Minnesota.

Pick: Orioles ML  (-109 DK, -102 FD)


Cardinals @ White Sox Run Line


Lefty against the White Sox! Lefty against the White Sox! Sure this notion might be getting beaten into the ground these days, but the fact of the matter is the White Sox have consistently crushed left-handed pitching over the past year (.363 wOBA, 135 wRC+). While Kwang Hyun Kim has been relatively reliable for St. Louis, he isn’t going to blow anyone away and the likes of Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, and Yermin Mercedes should feast on the southpaw. Meanwhile, former Cardinal Lance Lynn is as consistent a pitcher as there is in baseball and should be able to keep the Redbirds lineup in check in a bit of a revenge game. The White Sox take this one going away and +120 is simply too good to ignore.

Pick: White Sox -1.5 (+120 DK, +108 FD)


Kyle Stanzel Overall Record: 21-20-0

Net Money (Assuming all wagers are $100): +$978.07


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Kyle Stanzel

New Jersey-born and North Carolina-bound, Kyle is as die-hard a Pittsburgh Pirates fan as there is, attending the last ever game at Three Rivers Stadium and the first ever game at PNC Park. Follow him on Twitter @style_kanzel

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