MLB Betting: Saturday Best Bets

MLB Betting: Saturday Best Bets

This article is part of our MLB Betting series.

Previous article: 2-2, 0.08 RWBucks       
Season: 81-82-7, -6.17 RWBucks

We have typical split slate on tap Saturday, and I'm focused on a pair of NL games featuring three elite pitchers where runs should be at a relative premium.

Dodgers at Reds, 2:10 p.m. EDT

Starting Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs. Sonny Gray

The Pick: Under 4.5 runs first 5 innings (-134 on FanDuel Sportsbook) for 1 RWBuck

Secondary Pick: Under 8.5 runs (-110 on BETMGM Sportsbook) for 1 RWBuck

This is a pitcher's duel that should feature a good number of missed bats and relatively tempered scoring. Current Dodgers hitters own a collective .153/.232/.271 against Gray, while current Reds bats have a .146/.219/.296 tally versus Scherzer. Mad Max's four-start run that's seen him allow no earned runs and forge a 41:2 K:BB should have a good chance of enduring, while Gray is 5-1with a 2.84 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in his last nine starts.

Cubs at Brewers, 7:15 p.m. EDT

Starting Pitchers: Justin Steele vs. Corbin Burnes

The Pick: Moneyline/total runs parlay: Brewers/under 8.5 runs (+125 on FanDuel Sportsbook) for 1 RWBuck

Secondary Pick: Cubs under 2.5 runs (-110 on FanDuel Sportsbook) for 1 RWBuck

Steele has had his moments, but he's facing a tough matchup Saturday against a Brewers team with a .278 average and .352 wOBA against lefties at home in the last month. Burnes is coming off a combined no-hitter during which he racked up 14 strikeouts in eight innings against the Indians, and he owns a 40:0 K:BB across 14 scoreless frames versus the Cubs in two starts this season.  

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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