MLB Best Bets Today (Back Astros & Fade Max Scherzer)

Sep 2, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena (3) follows through on a
Sep 2, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena (3) follows through on a / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s finally the weekend everybody!

We’re finally getting to the best part of the year. Soon, we’ll have football, baseball and basketball going all at once. In honor of the diverse sports schedule, I have a diverse list of best bets for you today.

We’re backing a moneyline underdog, fading a top pitcher and trying our luck with a home run pick. 

Let’s get to it. 

Astros ML vs. Los Angeles Angels 

Ohtani pitching is normally the most optimal time to bet on the Angels, but I’m not going to do it today. The Astros have been too good against Los Angeles this season. Houston is 10-4 SU against the Angels, winning six of the last seven games. 

With the Astros at plus money, there’s great value backing them at this price is the move to make. On top of a simple win, the runline is also a place to target the Astros. Houston in 11-4 as road underdogs on the run line this season. 

With Ohtani pitching and the oddsmakers siding with the Angels, don’t be scared to simply back the better team tonight. 

Max Scherzer UNDER 7.5 Strikeouts – New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals

We all understand that Max Scherzer is amazing, but this may not be the spot you want to blindly back him. The Nationals don’t win many games, but they don’t strike out either. Washington is the third-hardest team to strike out in all of baseball. Scherzer has missed this line in two of his last four starts, and only cleared in one of the wins by one strikeout. He’s hovered around this line over the last month and I think Washington’s plate discipline will show itself today.

Francisco Lindor To Hit A Home Run – New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals 

It’s well documented how much Patrick Corbin has struggled this season. He’s given up a home run in each of his last five starts and in eight of his last nine. He’s going to let one get away from him, and I think Lindor is going to be the one to take advantage of that opportunity. 

Lindor hasn’t hit a home run in two weeks. He’s due for one and Corbin is the perfect pitcher to go against to get out of a slump. 

You can find Donnavan Smoot’s full betting record here.