MLB expert Daeshon Underwood previews this weekend’s Major League Baseball action and picks out the three best bets from Sunday’s schedule
Sunday May 5th is looking like it will be a beautiful day of baseball. We are looking a 15 game slate starting at 1:05pm. I always prefer early games because my day will get started bright and early watching line movements and starting lineups.There are not many aces projected to start on Sunday so we just need to pick our spots correctly. With the amount of mediocre pitchers taking the mound it should l not be hard at all. Please do not forget that Astros/Angels game is being played in Mexico which will greatly affect the betting opportunities. But who can resist betting on a game in Mexico on Cinco De Mayo?
Twins @ Yankees
The Yankees are projected to roll out Domingo German (5-1,2.56 ERA). Before Paxtons recent return to form I believed German was their best pitcher. He is absolutely dealing this year pitching even better at home only allowing at a 2.08 ERA and a .149 batting average. The only bats i think could get to German are Max Kepler and Cruz, both are hitting very well the season. Kepler and Cruz have over five home runs and 10 RBIs each. Even though the Yankees have multiple all stars on the injured list they haven’t missed beat winning seven of their last ten. On the Twins side Michael Pineda (2-2 6.21 ERA) is projected to take the mound. Pineda has given up at least four runs in three of his starts and has only made it to the 6th inning once. He is also allowing a .342 average to right handed batters. I understand that the twins have the sixth best hitting stats in the league right now but i expect German to be able to navigate through this line up. Regardless as long as the Yankees don’t roll out a AAA- lineup like they did on friday they should be able to supply plenty of runs for German.
Giants @ Reds
These teams both have the same problem this year they can’t score.Their main problem is they can’t seem to get runners on base. Currently the giants are 2nd worst team in baseball when it comes to batting average beating only the Reds with a .214 avg. The Reds cant hit the ball either. This might be a very boring game to watch if it weren’t for the jaw dropping numbers we are seeing from these two pitchers this year. Luis Castillo (3-1 1.45 ERA) has found the velocity that he lost on his fastball last year and it is very apparent. He is only allowing a .70 ERA at home and .150 batting average vs. righties. While Jeff Samardzija (2-1 2.53 ERA) or as i call him Shark who was absolutely terrible last year is tearing it up this year as well. He is completely shutting down righties but lefties can still take down Jaws.
Pick Reds/Under (if line isover 8.5)
Nationals @ Phillies
Anibal Sanchez (0-4 5.91 ERA) is one of the worst pitchers in baseball don’t let anyone tell you different. This year he has only made to the 6th inning once and is currently 1-1 vs the Phillies. However in one of those wins the phillies blew a 6-1 lead after Sanchez was pulled. Since then Phillies are getting a better handle on their bullpen and are closing out games more sufficiently every week. The Phillies are projected to pitch Zach Eflin (3-3 3.34 ERA) who just pitched a gem. He was the first Philly to pitch a complete game since 2016. His favorite pitch is a slider which the Nats do not hit well at all.With Rendon on the injured list and Soto Day-to-Day (Nats best two Batters) im am not worried about the Nationals Bats.