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  • Writer's pictureMason Dalley

Best Bets 5/18/2024

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs(-1.5)

Oakland A's @ Kansas City Royals(-1.5)

Boston Red Sox (-1.5) @ St. Louis Cardinals

MLB Best Bet Season Record: 28-34

Kutter Crawford
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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs(-1.5)

DK +110

FD +110


If Shota Imanaga is pitching, I'm betting on him. Wicked easy to make it a best bet. The Cubs are done facing the Pirates young aces and now get to face off against Bailey Falter who has had a rough go of it.



Falter is also having the displeasure of facing the Cubs who have the 6th best OPS against LHP in the 2024 season so far.



Oakland A's @ Kansas City Royals(-1.5)

DK +110

FD +110


Seth Lugo is continuing to twirl that pill. In 9 starts he's tossed 59.2 IP to the tune of a 1.66 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 48 Punch outs. His opponent has not been twirling the pill. Ross Stripling has just been having a hard time of things. He's avoiding walks and barrels, but not much else. He has a 4.98 ERA, 4.06 FIP, and 1.53 WHIP in 47 IP. Under the hood is not very good either.




Boston Red Sox (-1.5) @ St. Louis Cardinals

DK +140

FD +140


My anti-Miles Mikolas bets feel like a trademark at this point, but this is more of a pro Kutter Crawford bet than an anti-anyone bet. Kutter Crawford turning into an awesome, frontline starter was not on my Bingo Card for the Red Sox 2024 season. He's tossed 52.1 IP of 2.24 ERA, 2.67 FIP, 78.7% LOB Rate, and a paltry 0.34 HR/9 IP. Under the hood looks really solid too. The 5 pitch mix keeps opponents off balance and allows his 93 MPH fastball play a lot faster than it has any right to. The addition of a splitter to his arsenal has been the main culprit of his rise in efficient pitching. He's only thrown it 63 times, but the induced 51.5% Whiff Rate and 35.3% Put Away Rate are ridiculously good. Under the hood is the also very promising for the long term.



Let's have a day!



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