Well, well, well, would you take a look at that? Following a fantastic 3-0 SWEEP on Wednesday (earning us 3.36 units), I am back to uncover hidden gems as we kick off the Memorial Day Weekend. With summer just around the corner, MLB takes center stage for the upcoming months. There are some intriguing series ahead, pitting heavyweight teams against each other (Dodgers @ Rays, Padres @ Yankees, Phillies @ Braves), as well as exciting matchups between up-and-coming young squads (Rangers @ Orioles, Blue Jays @ Twins, Pirates @
Mariners). Let's dive into today's games and see which ones have caught my attention.
Washington Nationals at Kansas City Royals
This particular matchup may not be a marquee clash, but it holds significant value in my eyes. Both starting pitchers haven't posted stellar numbers this season, but they are experienced veterans capable of delivering solid performances. Additionally, neither offense strikes fear into the opposing pitcher. Corbin, in particular, has been heating up along with the weather, registering four consecutive Quality Starts against decent competition. With both offenses ranking in the lower tier of most major categories and two starters capable of working efficiently and going deep into games, I expect a fast-paced, low-scoring affair in Kansas City.
MLB Best Bet for Nationals at Royals: Nationals/Royals UNDER 9 (+100) @ DraftKings
San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers
While this may not be a high-profile matchup, it showcases an exciting pitching battle between Alex Wood, who is gradually returning to the Giants' rotation after an early-season hamstring injury, and Freddy Peralta, taking the mound for the Brew Crew. Milwaukee's offense is the least potent against left-handed pitchers in the league, and they also have the highest strikeout rate (30.1%) against lefties. Combined with Freddy's impressive strikeout numbers and success against the Giants' lineup in his career, this sets the stage for another quick, low-scoring contest.
MLB Best Bet for Brewers vs Giants: Giants/Brewers UNDER 8.5 (+115) @ DraftKings
Pittsburgh Pirates at Seattle Mariners
I'm excited about this series featuring two rising young teams. While expectations were high for the Mariners, the Pirates have been a surprising force right out of the gate. The highlight of this game is undoubtedly the premier pitching matchup on Friday, with Pittsburgh's Mitch Keller going head-to-head against Seattle's George Kirby. Both pitchers boast ERAs under 3.00, WHIPs hovering around 1.00, and Keller has been an absolute strikeout machine, recording 77 Ks (with only 14 BBs) in 62.2 IP so far. The Mariners have a 25% strikeout rate against right-handed pitchers, which leads me to believe there is considerable value on the Pirates tonight. These two exceptional pitchers should keep their teams in the game, and I can't ignore the enticing odds on the underdog Pirates, who also have a winning road record.
MLB Best Bet for Mariners vs Pirates: Pirates ML (+138) @ FanDuel