Today’s Plays Include a (+213) MLB Parlay

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Corey Kluber #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/AFP

Today’s baseball card is large and attractive. Let’s take advantage of a parlay. Top sportsbooks have released their MLB odds for today’s baseball action. Two games, in particular, interest me as worth investing in Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay and the Yankees vs. Royals.

For reasons that I will explain, you should play the money-line for the first game and the run-line for the second. Feel free to parlay both bets at an online sports betting site.

Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays 

Friday, April 29, 2022- 07:10 PM EDT at Tropicana Field 

Dylan Bundy 

Many bettors will be high on Twins' starter Dylan Bundy going into today's game. His low ERA may convince people to wager on Minnesota, which would make investing in the Rays cheaper. I, however, am not a believer in Bundy.

Going beyond his ERA, he seems to have improved in terms of his control. While it is objectively true that he is walking fewer batters this year, you must observe that two of the three teams that he's faced rank bottom three at limiting the rate at which they swing at pitches outside of the strike zone.

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It is, of course, easier to avoid walking batters when they will swing at more pitches than should be balls. As for his stuff, you have to give Bundy some credit. He did appear to improve his slider by giving it greater horizontal movement.

However, he only throws this pitch against right-handed batters and he is going against a team that is known for loading its lineup with left-handed batters or switch-hitters.

Bundy's Spot Today 

I dislike Bundy for our MLB picks today because he suffers an 8.22 ERA in five career starts in Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field. Look out for Kevin Kiermaier and Brett Phillips. Both slug well over .700 in at least eight career at-bats against Bundy.

Corey Kluber

There are sensationalists looking to deride every good pitcher from Clayton Kershaw to Corey Kluber. One thing that they like to point out is their velocity decline. This is a silly thing to emphasize in Kluber's case because he has been dealing with a decline in velocity since 2014. It is nothing new to him.

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Kluber still boasts three primary pitches that, like heat maps show, he ably locates along the edges of the strike zone. His last start notwithstanding, his numbers show that he remains a dangerous pitcher.

Kluber vs. Twins' Batters 

Primarily, Kluber throws a cutter, curveball, and sinker. These are the three pitches he throws with over 25 percent frequency. He matches up well against Twins' batters because they rank 27th in slugging against these pitches from righties.

MLB Pick: Rays (-130) with BetOnline

New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals

Friday, April 29, 2022 - 08:10 PM EDT at Kauffman Stadium

On Fire 

Team form is something worth considering in a sport like baseball. Unlike football, for example, teams play just about every day. So, their rhythm will carry from one day to the next if a consistent pattern emerges.

New York's consistent pattern is this: they are winning everything right now. Currently, the Yanks have won six games in a row. They won all of those games but one by three runs or more. Moreover, they scored 10 runs or more in three of their past four games.

Nestor Cortes 

Yankees' starter Nestor Cortes is enjoying a career-best year right now. His strikeout rate has skyrocketed while he is likewise allowing fewer walks and home runs than ever before. Hence, his ERA and FIP (like ERA, but factors out fielding) are both well under 1.50.

A significant reason for his improvement is his cutter. He is throwing this pitch with way higher frequency than he did last year and it is yielding a .080 BA and .120 slugging rate. I like Cortes, in particular, today because he is a lefty and the Royals rank 29th in slugging .275 against lefties.

Kris Bubic 

Kris Bubic is coming off his second outing in which he failed to make it past two innings. Today may very well be his third such outing. Bubic is a lefty and the Yankees rank third in slugging .444 against lefties.

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Furthermore, they rank sixth in slugging against Bubic's top pitches from lefties. Bubic has faced two Yankee batters over five times. Josh Donaldson slugs .909 against him and Marwin Gonzalez slugs .667 against him.

MLB Pick: Yankees -1.5 (-127) with BetOnline

Parlay Verdict 

Expect Tampa Bay to dominate the Bundy-led Twins at home while the Yankees continue their hot streak on the road. For the above reasons, parlay the Rays money-line and the Yankees run-line for your best bets. Be sure to use our trusty parlay calculator for your parlay betting needs.

Parlay Pick

  • Rays (-130)
  • Yankees -1.5 (-127)

MLB Pick: Two-Legged Parlay (+213) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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