Best MLB Parlay Picks Today (Trust in McClanahan, Wells, & Wheeler)

Shane McClanahan is the betting favorite to win AL Cy Young
Shane McClanahan is the betting favorite to win AL Cy Young / Mark Blinch/GettyImages

Remember how excited you were last Friday? Holiday weekend in store, perhaps an extra day out of the office and a sunny day awaiting you?

Well, that excitement is nothing compared to what you should feel for today's MLB parlay. I was off work yesterday, so I had a full 48 hours to get my superstitions together and perfect my good luck rain dance for cash.

The BetSided previews for each matchup on this 15-game slate have me ready to roll, but I've got three specific pitchers I'm targeting. Here are my favorite MLB parlay picks of the day, thanks to the odds from WynnBET Sportsbook:

Best MLB Parlay Picks Today

Rays (-160) vs Reds

This can't possibly be correct. We're getting Shane McClanahan at only -160? Perhaps the world hasn't caught on yet, but this is the best pitcher on Earth we're talking about. You may think I'm exaggerating, though you'd be wrong.

The +240 favorite to win Cy Young over at WynnBET (that's a value, by the way), McClanahan held nine of his last ten opponents to one run or fewer. His 2.21 expected ERA leads the league by a mile - the difference between McClanahan and second-best Sandy Alcantara (2.55 expected ERA) is larger than the gap between Sandy and ninth-best Aaron Nola (2.83).

Against a Reds team that's won just twice in its last 11 as home underdogs, we can't pass up a chance to bet on the planet's best pitcher with -160 odds.

Orioles (-143) vs Angels

Someone pinch me, I must be dreaming. We get to bet on McClanahan and Tyler Wells on the same day? July 8, 2022 is a day to forever remember.

Wells is a blistering heater, with a 1.23 ERA over his last four starts as the Orioles have won seven straight behind him. A $100 moneyline bettor on each of those outings would be up $886. I don't see this...*well*...drying up anytime soon. Boom, I think I nailed that.

Meanwhile, the Angels have six straight losses when Reid Detmers starts and 13 losses in their last 14 games as road underdogs. At this kind of a price, I'll back Wells all day against such an underachieving Los Angeles squad.

Phillies (-110) vs Cardinals

Just last week, we just watched Zack Wheeler throw seven shutout innings against these Cardinals while the Phillies put four runs up on Adam Wainwright. Now we get to let history repeat itself at -110 odds? Sounds good to me.

Wheeler is sitting at +900 to win NL Cy Young at WynnBET. Sandy Alcantara will be tough to catch, but +900 for the Phillies' ace is a tantalizing number with how good he's been. Even if he's not the favorite for Cy Young though, he's remarkably better than Adam Wainwright, who ranks in the 20th percentile in expected batting average.

Philadelphia is 4-1 in its last five as road underdogs while ranking third in OPS against right-handed pitchers over the last two weeks. Expect another win to come as Wheeler bolsters his Cy Young case and the Phillies lineup punishes Wainwright once again.

MLB Parlay for July 8, 2022

The "Rain Dance" Parlay (+427)

  • Rays (-160) vs Reds
  • Orioles (-143) vs Angels
  • Phillies (-110) vs Cardinals

Between Wheeler, McClanahan, and a Betting People's Champion award candidate in Wells, we've got a dominant trio of pitchers to back here. Frankly, I probably wouldn't have practiced that rain dance so much yesterday if I realized these guys were pitching.

In addition to slamming this parlay at WynnBET don't forget to check out the previews from BetSided. It's an exciting day, right?

Best of luck, let's get after it.

Follow all of Joe Summers' betting picks here.