MLB Underdog of the Day (Back Superior Pitchers at Home in Oakland and Arizona)

Cole Irvin hopes to continue his strong play against the Rangers tonight
Cole Irvin hopes to continue his strong play against the Rangers tonight / Ronald Martinez/GettyImages

There's nothing better than a plus money cash. Sure, we can pick favorites all day, but who wants to do that when you can lock down an underdog win? You get to brag and tell your friends how smart you are, and they have no choice but to believe you!

With that goal in mind, I've analyzed today's MLB slate and am pleased to report there's an underdog I love. Someone get a bucket, because this pick is dripping with value.

WynnBET Sportsbook may realize their mistake and change the odds, so let's get into it before it's too late:

MLB Underdog of the Day

Athletics (+111) vs Rangers

The Athletics have won two of three and start the better pitcher today. Cole Irvin has a 1.13 ERA in three home games and held the Rangers to one hit over five scoreless innings last month. In six career starts against Texas, he's never allowed more than three runs and has a 1.89 ERA at home against them.

On the other end, Jon Gray has a 5.14 ERA, ranks in the 20th percentile in hard hit percentage, and got shelled for five runs in 2.1 innings in his only start against the A's last year. Texas is 2-4 when Gray starts this season and the two wins came because their offense carried them to victory. The Rangers are 4-7 as a favorite and have the inferior bullpen as well.

Oakland has lost 10 straight as a home underdog but I believe that changes today. They've covered the run line in three straight as a dog and have won their last two outright, albeit on the road. It's time to bring those good vibes to the Coliseum and Irvin will carry them to victory.

Holiday Bonus Special Underdog

Diamondbacks (+132) vs Dodgers

Whaaaat? A holiday bonus?? But of course. We're a crew of the people here at BetSided, so that means I've got two underdogs of the day for the price of one!

I wrote in detail why I like the Diamondbacks here, but they've got a huge advantage on the mound with Madison Bumgarner taking on Ryan Pepiot. Bumgarner has a 1.88 ERA at home and Arizona has won four of his last five starts. Because they're usually underdogs, a $100 bettor would have profited $455 by taking the Diamondbacks moneyline each time.

Arizona ranks fourth in OPS against right-handed pitchers in May and average the fifth-most walks per game in MLB. Ryan Pepiot has walked eight batters in just seven innings in the majors this year and should struggle with the Diamondbacks' patient approach.

Defensively, Arizona has the second-most outs above average while the Dodgers rank 24th. The home underdogs have advantages on the mound and on the field, with a lineup more than capable of holding their own.

With an impressive 14-5 record on the run line in their last 19 as an underdog, I love the value on Arizona. They've won three of four as underdogs and have proven to be a difficult matchup for Los Angeles. Trust Bumgarner and the Diamondbacks lineup to get the job done against an inexperienced starter with command issues.

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