MLB Picks: Best Bets for Thursday, May 19th

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The day games are underway in the MLB but still a few games remain tonight. Three night games, a few rivalry matchups and one game coming up REAL soon so get that pick in if you like it! I’m on FanDuel for my lines today. If you haven’t signed up with them yet you can do that HERE and get a risk-free bet up to $1,000 as well as a FREE Betsperts Golf subscription when you place your first wager. Onto the picks.

White Sox vs Royals – 2:11pm ET

  • Vince Velasquez (2-3, 5.53 ERA) vs Carlos Hernandez (0-3, 9.11 ERA)
  • O/U 9.5, CHW -1.5 (+116)

The White Sox have been downright brutal at the plate this season, and the Royals haven’t been much better. But something has to give here with the pitching matchup today. Velasquez has been very up and down and Hernandez has been downright brutal. Any other pitching matchup and I’d be all over the under in this one, but I think given the unpredictability of the lineups and pitchers I’m going nowhere near it. If the White Sox run away with this one, it’ll be because Velasquez pitches fine and the top of the order comes through.

Pick: White Sox -1.5 (+116), Tim Anderson 3+ Total Bases (+185)

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs – 7:40pm ET

  • Zac Gallen (2-0, 1.05 ERA) vs Marcus Stroman (1-3, 5.13 ERA)
  • O/U 9, CHC -1.5 (+162)

Not really sure what to make of this line. Given the pitching matchup I’d have expected to see the Diamondbacks favored. They’ve lost 5 in a row, but four of those were two a bit of a buzzsaw in the Dodgers on the road. Before that, the Cubs did take 2 of 3 in Arizona. Zac Gallen though has been absolutely lights out this year, and while Marcus Stroman has started to trend upwards a little, he’s still been struggling and not the pitcher the Cubs though they were getting when they brought him in.

Pick: Diamondbacks ML (+110)

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