Get ready for yet another jam-packed day of professional baseball, as all 30 teams get set to hit the diamond on May 14th. There is plenty of value on the schedule, and we have the best bets of the night in our MLB betting rundown to help you cash in on the action.
Chicago Cubs & Cincinnati Reds UNDER 9.5 Runs (-116)
The Cubs are still on fire right now, having won 12 of their last 14 and sitting in first place in the NL Central. Today, they travel to Cincinnati for the first of 19 games against their division rivals this season. The Reds have won three of five but still sit in last place in the division, hoping to gain some ground this week. Both teams will send pitchers to the mound that are riding some midseason momentum and coming off their best performances of the year. On one side, Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks has not allowed an earned run in his last 17 innings pitched. Following his impressive 81-pitch, complete-game shutout against St. Louis less than two weeks ago, Hendricks went another eight innings against Miami without allowing an earned run. He is in the zone, which is bad news for the Reds, as he is 5-2 with a 3.45 ERA in 13 career starts against Cincy. On the other side, the Reds will start Tanner Roark, who is 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA in eight starts this season. In fact, both of these pitchers rank inside the top-16 in ERA in the National League. Similarly, Roark is coming off his best game of the season, allowing no runs on three hits through six innings of work against Oakland last week. He is also 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA against the Cubs in his career. With both pitchers rolling and feeling comfortable pitching against one another, consider taking the under in this one. After all, the Reds have the highest under percentage in Major League Baseball at 61.5 percent. Furthermore, FanDuel has the over/under set at 9.5 runs for tonight’s contest. Chicago has not reached that run total in six-straight games, while Cincinnati has only hit that mark once in the last six games.
Arizona Diamondbacks To WIN (-160) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
To say the Diamondbacks have dominated the Pirates so far this season would be an understatement. Arizona hasn’t just won all five games that they’ve played against Pittsburgh, but they’ve outscored them 39-10 in the process. Last night was much of the same, as the Snakes scored at least one run in each of the first five innings on their way to a 9-3 victory over the Pirates. It won’t get any easier for Pittsburgh tonight, as they get set to take on Luke Weaver, a 25-year-old righty that has been taking the league by storm this season. In fact, Weaver is 3-1 with a 2.98 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Not to mention, he already dominated the Pirates once this season, allowing just one earned run over 6.1 innings, while striking out seven in a 2-1 win back in April. The Diamondbacks youngster is already 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.215 WHIP in five starts against Pittsburgh in his career. His team is 4-1 in those games. On the other hand, Pitt will start Joe Musgrove, who has struggled lately. He is just 1-4 with a 4.20 ERA this season, and his numbers get even worse against AZ. He is just 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against the D-Backs in his career, with his team losing all three games. Things have spiraled for Musgrove of late, with the Pirates losing his last four starts by a combined score of 46-10. Consider taking the Snakes at home in this one.
Los Angeles Dodgers To WIN (-150) vs. San Diego Padres
Chris Paddack has gotten off to a tremendous start to his MLB career, boasting a 3-1 record with a 1.55 ERA and 0.69 WHIP through seven starts. With that being said, he has yet to face the NL-leading Dodgers. More importantly, he will be staring down one of the greatest to ever do it. Yes, Clayton Kershaw is back and feeling good for Los Angeles. The 3-time Cy Young winner is 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA and 0.98 WHIP through five starts this season. In fact, the Dodgers have won each of his starts so far, proving that they 31-year-old flamethrower still has plenty left in the tank. It also helps that Kershaw has absolutely owned the Padres during his career, boasting an 18-6 record with a 1.97 ERA and 0.98 WHIP through 35 starts. The Dodgers are an incredible 27-8 in those starts. The Dodgers pitcher is probably not someone that Paddack needs to worry about, especially when having to deal with the likes of Cody Bellinger, who is off to a historic start in 2019. Bellinger leads the National League in batting average (.407), RBI’s (38) and wins above replacement (4.2), while ranking second in home runs (14). In fact, the next-highest WAR in the entire league belongs to Mike Trout at just 3.0. That’s how good Bellinger has been. Watch out Paddack, this offense is potent.