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The first game on Thursday’s schedule is set to be the final game and tiebreaker between the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays. Several bets will be easy bets to make as well as some that are a little more risky but have more earnings.
One of these bets is Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. tasked to account for over hit in the final game of the series against the Brewers. He is coming off a three-hit performance in Toronto’s 7-2 win this past Tuesday. He has had multiple games this March where he has accounted for two or more hits.
On Thursday, the Brewers will be starting Freddy Peralta (4.64 ERA in 54.1 innings pitched), who has allowed the most hits on the team at 54. There will be some big risks in this bet, but it is reachable and easy to understand why.
The New York Meets are starting to find their rhythm on both ends of the field, especially in the pitching game. One of the key reasons for this is the stellar play of Max Scherzer (3.54 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched), who is having a solid season of only allowing 16 runs in the third-most games played for the Mets this season.
Scherzer has been the starting pitcher for eight games while accounting for a 6-2 record. He has surprisingly only started two games for the Mets this season. In those home games, he has allowed a total of four hits with one from the San Diego Padres and three from the Cleveland Guardians.
Scherzer has allowed an average of 4.1 hits in the eight games played this season. He will be facing a Philadelphia Phillies team that is ranked ninth in the NL in hits allowed (467). Scherzer could have another big game at home for the Mets by containing the Phillies at the plate.
The Boston Red Sox have battled through a brutal AL East Division. They have seen a boost in productivity in their batting game thanks to three young stars below the age of 30. One of these young stars is third baseman Rafael Devers, who makes reliable hits, gets on base, and gets his teammates home.
One of the best odds to place a bet on in the Boston Red Sox vs Cincinnati Red game is having Devers account for one RBI. Devers leads the team in RBIs this season at 46, which is 16 more than leftfielder Masataka Yoshida, the front-runner for the AL Rookie of the Year.
Devers always finds a way to get his teammates to score at some point in the game. He is coming off a two-RBI performance in Tuesdays’s 9-8 loss to the Reds and another RBI performance in Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to the Reds. Devers is on a roll when it comes to accounting for RBIs. Thursday’s series finale against Cincinnati looks to be no different.
This is set to be one of the best value picks going into Thursday’s slate of games. There are not a lot of high expectations for the Padres going into the last game of the series versus the Miami Marlins. The Padres have underperformed when it comes to their expectations at the plate.
Still, the odds of shortstop Xander Bogaerts are much higher than some of his teammates. Before Wednesday’s game, Bogaerts actually led the team in hits with 51. He also has the second-highest batting average on the team at .256 behind leftfielder Juan Soto.
Bogaerts has been one of the more base hitters on the team while other players, who are more assertive power-hitters. Of the rest of the team, Bogaerts has the sixth-highest number of strikeouts at 43.
The Padres will be facing one of the Marlins’ most experienced pitchers in Jesus Luzardo (3.67 ERA in 61.1 innings pitched). He has allowed the most hits this season (66) in the second-most innings pitched for the Marlins. Bogaerts getting at-least one hit should be a solid pick.
The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Guardians are set to start a pivotal four-game series in the race for the AL Central. This is a division that has been held by the Twins through the majority of the first two months of the season. The pitching will be a key feature of the series as this Thursday will have two of the prominent pitchers for the Twins and the Guardians.
Cleveland will be starting Tanner Bibee (2.88 ERA in 34.1 innings pitched) is the best for the Guardians. In six games played and started, Bibee has allowed 11 runs, 28 hits, only two home runs, and only nine walks.
The best odds involving Bibee is to bet that he will allow two or more walks in Thursday’s game against Minnesota. This is not a testament to how Bibee could struggle, but how efficient the Twins are in getting walks. The Twins are ranked first in the AL in walks accounted for (199).
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