MLB Best Bets: Baseball Picks for August 16th

Dylan Cease looks to rack up those K's and help the White Sox take home the W on our Top MLB Prop Bets for September 20th

A perfect 3-0 night for us last night! Sandy Alcantara did his thing against the Padres and completely dominated through 7.0 IP. Thanks to Alcantara’s dominance, the Marlins took a 2-0 into the 6th inning, so our Marlins 1st Half Result and 1st Half under 3.5 cruised to wins. The Mariners and Angels also hit their 1st Half under thanks to solid performances from Luis Castillo and Shohei Ohtani. So it was a 3-0 night last night, let’s ramp it back up for another good one tonight. I’m on BetMGM for my bets tonight. You can sign up with them below and get a risk-free $1000 bet on your first wager when you make your initial deposit. Onto the bets.

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White Sox vs Astros 1st Half Under 3.5 (-130) & 1st Half Alt. Under 2.5 (+142)

We have ourselves an amazing pitching matchup tonight as the two AL Cy Young frontrunners go head to head at Guaranteed Rate Field. It’s Dylan Cease and his 14-start streak of allowing 1 ER or less vs Justin Verlander taking on time and dominating the AL to the tune of 1.85 ERA this season. The White Sox struggle against right-handed pitching, though oddly enough rocked Verlander earlier this summer for what was probably Verlander’s worst start of the season. Having said that, I don’t see the Sox doing that tonight. I think Cease keeps on rolling as well. The Astros bats struggled last night against Johnny Cueto, and the Sox bats have struggled all year. Let’s ride with some early unders.

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Cubs 1st Half Result (-120) vs Nationals

I don’t love taking a chance with -120 odds on a team as bad as the Cubs, but the Nationals are starting Patrick Corbin who’s been arguably the worst starting pitcher in baseball this season and might go down as the worst free agent signing of all time. Corbin was shelled yet again in his last outing against the Phillies allowing 6 ER and not making it out of the 1st Inning. In his last 6 starts he’s allowed at least 4 ER in each of them and has thrown more the 5.0 IP just once. Justin Steele throws for the Cubs and he’s been one of a few bright spots for the Cubs this season. In his last 6 starts he’s allowed 3 ER or less each time. Like I said, I don’t love backing a team as bad as the Cubs at -120 odds, but the pitching matchup is so heavily skewed in their favor. Let’s roll with it.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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