MLB Betting Guide for May 3rd

There were some pretty impressive offensive showings on Sunday; eight teams put up seven or more runs, including four teams hitting double-digits. We’re heading out West with today’s betting guide, where we’re expecting at least one of those games to help the high-scoring trend continue.

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Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Moneyline, Total, and Odds

Moneyline: Angels -104, Rays -112

Spread: Angels +1.5 (-194), Rays -1.5 (+160)

Total: o7.5 -112

Odds to Win the World Series: Angels +2400|Rays +3200

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Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays News, Analysis, and Picks

The Los Angeles Angels will look to rebound after dropping two of three against the Seattle Mariners this weekend. The problem is, they’ll have to get to Tyler Glasnow to do so.

The probable starter for the Halos is Shohei Ohtani, but it’s far from certain that he’s 100% after taking a pitch off the elbow in yesterday’s series finale. Ohtani also hasn’t looked good pitching at Angels Stadium this season. His strikeout to walk ratio is 14-11, and when you factor in the three hits he’s allowed through 8.2 innings, his walks and hits per innings pitched is 1.62. So far, only three of the 14 baserunners have scored, two of which occurred on errors. That’s an unsustainable amount of baserunners that are getting stranded on the bags.

Ohtani is also coming into tonight’s contest after getting roughed up by the Texas Rangers last time out. He gave up four runs in five innings, thanks to a three-run bomb from left-hand batting Nate Lowe.

Tampa Bay has some big left-handed bats that can make Ohtani pay for the walks he’s issuing at home. Brandon Lowe, Austin Meadows, and Joey Wendle can all put a dent in the ball and are three of five Rays hitters with at least three home runs this season. Long balls can turn into multiple run shots with the extra baserunners that Ohtani is allowing at home.

It doesn’t matter which pitching metric you consider; Tyler Glasnow is near the top. According to Baseball Savant, Glasnow ranks in the top 5% of MLB in strikeout percentage, weighted on-base average, and expected earned run average. Through six starts, Glasnow allows 0.80 walks and hits per inning pitched and has struck out 56 while walking 11. 41 of those strikeouts have come in his last four starts, and it’s looking like Glasnow is already in mid-season form.

The Rays have won five of their last six on the road and send their ace to the mound Monday night. This line opened with the Rays priced as underdogs and should continue to move in their favor. -112 might be the best price you get on Glasnow all season.

The Bet: Rays -112

Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Moneyline, Total, and Odds

Moneyline: Athletics -130, Blue Jays +110

Spread: Athletics -1.5 (+160), Blue Jays +1.5 (-194)

Total: o8.5 -108

Odds to Win the World Series: Athletics +2000|Blue Jays +2600

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Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays News, Analysis, and Picks

The AL West-leading Oakland Athletics send Frankie Montas to the mound as they host the Toronto Blue Jays for the first game of a four-game set.

The Athletics dropped three of four against the Orioles, but that series followed a familiar trend in Oakland to start the season. Two of the three games went over the total, making it 10 of 17 on the season. Montas has contributed to the high-scoring trend at home, allowing a 9.24 earned run average and 1.74 walks and hits per inning pitched.

That will be trouble against a young Jays lineup that is feasting on pitching. The Jays have an AL-leading 38 home runs this season and rank sixth in the American League in slugging percentage. Toronto has been mashing over their last six games, scoring an average of 6.3 runs per game and winning five of those six contests. Their bats will have to continue their torrid pace if they hope to overcome some deficiencies with their pitching.

It was a good ride for Steven Matz, but what we saw last time out is closer to what we should expect from him than the four games prior. Matz gave up six runs in 3.2 innings pitched after giving up six in his first four starts combined. Matz is below career averages across the board this season and should continue to regress towards the mean.

Those struggles should continue against the Athletics, who have had some success getting to lefties this season. They rank fourth in the majors in slugging percentage against left-handed pitching, clubbing 13 home runs, and driving in 43 runs.

We’re noticing some high-scoring trends from both teams that should help this game get over the total. The Jays are swinging some big sticks recently, and the Athletics have a good track record against lefties, which should continue against two combustible starters.

The Bet: Over 8.5 -108


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