Matthew Manouli | Sun 22/04/2018 - 12:33 EDT

MLB Picks and Parlays Today

MLB Picks and Parlays Today

MLB Gameday Preview

Welcome to our MLB Gameday Picks for Sunday, April 22nd! We've got yet another three picks for you today. We'll start off the day with the suddenly cold Pirates taking on the Nick Pivetta and the Phillies, followed by a mid-afternoon AL West matchup between the Mariners and Rangers, and ending off with the big late game, and also the most interesting on the card, between the Nationals and Dodgers on ESPN.

Our picks last Wednesday didn't fare too well. The season is young though and there's plenty of time to get back in the black. Talk is cheap so let's get right into it!

MLB Gameday Key Betting Trends 

  • Pittsburgh is 9-4 in their last 13 road starts and is 7-2 in their last 9 against a starter that's a righty. They're also a strong 4-1 in Williams' last 5 starts.
  • Philadelphia seems to have everything going for them. They're 20-8 in their last 28 home games and are 10-1 in Pivetta's last 11 starts.
  • Seattle is 4-0 in their last 4 road starts against a left handed starter and 5-0 in their last 5 at Globe Life Park, but are just 1-5 in Ramirez's last 6 starts for the team.
  • Texas is an abysmal 6-20 in their last 26 home games, but are 5-2 in Perez's last 7 home starts against the Mariners.
  • Washington is a solid 23-9 in their last 32 when their opponents allow 2 runs or less in their last game, but are just 1-5 in their last 6 against a left handed starter.
  • Los Angeles is doing better recently, going 5-1 in their last 6. They are also 20-8 in Wood's last 28 starts.

MLB Gameday Picks and Parlays

The Pittsburgh offense was once lost, but seems to have a flicker of hope. The Phillies bats won't stay heated forever either. Both pitchers are playing solidly at the moment, although the Phillies' at home runs against average is pretty low at 2.12. We should expect it to regress a bit here. With both pitchers on point, it should be a close game, which is why we are taking the runline here. Take the Pirates on the RL in this spot!

Pittsburgh Pirates +1.5 (-160)

This one won't be too out of hand. We shouldn't expect a Seattle blowout, but despite Perez's serviceable numbers against the Mariners, they should get to him here. The price is right for this one and Seattle has a 6-3 road record compared to the Rangers' 2-10 in Arlington. Take the Seattle Mariners for the sweep! 

Seattle Mariners (-125)

Most signs point to the Dodgers claiming this one. Wood still doesn't have a win though, despite having great numbers. With the Dodgers just 5-6 at home and the Nationals at a respectable 7-4 on the road, there's no reason to lay the high juice with the Dodgers. Hellickson was fine in his debut and nothing to raise red flags. On a large stage, take the Nationals to at least keep it close!

Washington Nationals +1.5 (-140)

Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies

Losers of five in their last six, the Pittsburgh Pirates (12-9), look to avoid losing four in a row to the Philadelphia Phillies (13-7). After the 6-2 loss on Saturday to the home side, the Phils are now 8-1 this season at Citizens Bank Park and hope Rhys Hoskins can duplicate his home run and four RBI performance from Saturday's win.

Trevor Williams (3-1, 1.93 ERA) was saddled with a tough luck loss his last time up. The righty went six innings, only giving up two runs on four hits with three walks in a 2-0 loss to the Rockies. In his only start against the Phillies, dating back to last season, Williams gave up three runs in 5.2 innings.

Nick Pivetta (1-0, 2.49) has had a similar start to Williams. His last two starts against the Braves and Reds saw him give up a total of three runs in 12 combined innings. He only managed no decisions though. Pivetta looks for his second win of the season on Sunday against a team he still hasn't faced in his career.

Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers

Losers of six straight at home and just 2-10 on the season at Arlington, the Texas Rangers (7-15) are looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of their AL West rivals on Sunday. With a league-worst home ERA of 6.64, the Rangers are looking for a rare good outing from Martin Perez. The Seattle Mariners (11-8) are looking for more from Robinson Cano and Mitch Haniger after their 9-7 win on Saturday.

Erasmo Ramirez, who went 5-6 with a 4.39 ERA last season, will be starting for the M's in his season debut. Since joining the team, the righty is just 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA. In 15 appearances, six of which were starts, against Texas, the 27-year-old is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA. 

While Martin Perez (1-2, 13.14 ERA) hasn't been the best so far, he has some decent numbers against the Mariners. In 17 appearances, 15 of which were starts, the 27-year-old is 6-4 with a 3.28 ERA. His BAA with RISP is a terrible .455 and accounts for his recent loss to the Rays where he gave up eight runs and three walks in just four innings.

Wasnington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers (9-10) are creeping back towards .500 and can get there with a nice home win on Sunday to wrap up the series. Joc Pederson should be in the lineup again after going 2 for 4 in Saturday's win. For the Washington Nationals (10-11), Anthony Rendon should be back as a starter after being out with a toe injury. They are 3-2 so far on their roadtrip. 

Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 3.86 ERA) had a tepid last start, giving up two runs in 4.2 innings in a no decision to the Mets. This will just be his second game as a Nat, but hasn't fared well against the Dodgers. The 31-year-old is just 0-1 with a 6.88 ERA against them in four career starts.

Alex Wood (0-2, 3.91 ERA) is still winless. He could get his chance here against the Nats as he's gone 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA in 10 starts against them. The 27-year-old is holding batters to .186. His last outing saw him give up just an unearned run in 5.1 innings against Oakland.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know what you think in the comment section below and don't forget to like and share this article and be sure to join us next time for more picks! 

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