We have our best value picks for three MLB games on Thursday, including Mets vs Orioles, Astros vs Red Sox and Nationals vs Rays.
Bookmakers offer value odds throughout the Major League Baseball season and we have identified the best games to invest on.
MLB Betting Tips
New York Mets vs Baltimore Orioles @ Oriole Park
The Orioles took care of the Mets on Wednesday and they’ll be looking to double down on that effort.
It has been a good stretch for the Orioles, which are still last in the American League East, but have won five of their last six games.
They pumped Cleveland 18-5 earlier this week before scoring an easy win over the Mets, so we’re surprised by the odds available for the home side.
Bookmakers have the Mets as $1.64 favourites despite losing heavily. However, they had been playing well and they are 29-24 overall.
New York sends Taijuan Walker to the mound, who is 4-2 with an ERA of 2.17. That’s likely the reason for the Mets being favoured, but Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey is experienced and coming off a good outing.
Take the value with the home side to score consecutive wins over the Mets.
Bet: Baltimore Orioles to win @ $2.24 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox @ Fenway Park
The Boston Red Sox have been a surprise package this season and they are currently riding an impressive winning streak.
They are looking to win their sixth straight game against the Houston Astros on Thursday, who have been trading wins with losses over the last two weeks.
Houston hasn’t been playing as impressively as Boston, but it holds a 3-1 season advantage. The Astros scored an 11-2 victory in the first meeting before winning 5-1 and 2-1. However, the Red Sox got revenge with a 5-1 win last week.
Nathan Eovaldi heads to the mound for the Red Sox. He is 7-2 and he has been Boston’s most consistent pitcher, with an ERA of 3.78.
Jake Odorizzi is on the mound for Houston and he’s yet to pick up a win. The right hander is 0-2 with a whopping ERA of 7.16, so he’ll need to some run support to keep this game close.
We’re going with the more experienced pitcher and the better team. Boston has impressed us so far and we are happy to take the $1.65 available with bookmakers.
Bet: Boston Red Sox to win @ $1.65 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Washington Nationals vs Tampa Bay Rays @ Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay leads the American League East, but it’s a close race and it would love win over the Washington Nationals.
The Rays come off a 2-1 series win over the Texas Rangers where they closed out the series with a 7-1 win. It was a tidy performance from a team that has discovered how to hit the long ball.
They have hit 73 home runs already, which is 18 more than Washington. Despite the batting average being below .230, the Rays are finding ways to win and it’s on the back of a strong starting roster.
Shane McClanahan has been one of those arms and he looks to have the edge over opposing pitcher Patrick Corbin, who has struggled.
Washington is 24-32 after losing consecutive games to Philadelphia. The most recent loss was a 12-6 drubbing, so its confidence levels won’t be astronomical. However, they’re capable of bouncing back if the bats get hot.
Bookmakers have the Rays at $1.60 favourites. Given they have home field advantage, we can’t disagree with the bookies. Take the Rays to win what should be a close contest.
Bet: Tampa Bay Rays to win @ $1.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.