MLB Daily Betting Guide: Odds Picks, Schedule for May 8

Sunday’s MLB schedule is interrupted by three doubleheaders after a weekend of rain spiraled out of control.

This includes uncertain pitching matchups, tweaked lineups and shaky ground for sports bettors.

Below I take you through today’s schedule, the odds for each game along with the starting pitchers, and some choices that should help you not only enjoy the game, but also think about which way you want to play the game. bet if that’s something you want to do.

Also remember that you don’t have to bet on every game. We’ll give you our best bets for each game, but if our analysis doesn’t appeal to you or you just don’t feel like a bet stands out, it’s okay to pass that game. There will always be more games to bet on.

We also recommend checking out the Fangraphs Probables Grid to see the likely starting pitchers of each game with clickable links to get the most in-depth information on each pitcher.

Chicago White Sox (13-13) in Boston Red Sox (10-18), 11:35 a.m. ET

The Red Sox have lost five of their last six games with a sputtering strike that ranks fourth in MLB (3.32 runs per game). The White Sox haven’t fared much better with the third worst offense in baseball.

However, Chicago has managed to flirt with .500 thanks to a pitching staff with a team ERA of 3.39 (ninth in MLB). In the first two games of their series with Boston, the Palehosers have held the Red Sox to just three points.

  • CWS starting pitcher: Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 8.40 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, 4.8 K/9)
  • BOS starting pitcher: Michael Wacha (3-0, 1.38 ERA, 0.923, 6.6K/9)
  • The choice:

New York Mets (19-9) at Philadelphia Phillies (11-15), 12:35 PM (Game 1)

This marks the first time these two teams play since the Mets made a miraculous comeback in the ninth inning on Friday-evening, scoring seven runs in the ninth inning to beat the Phillies 8-7.

  • Starting Pitchers TBD
  • The choice: Passage

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies, 4:10 (Game 2)

  • Starting Pitchers TBD
  • The choice: Passage

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Kansas City Royals (8-15) in Baltimore Orioles (10-16), 13:35 (Game 1)

This is a matchup of disability in the American League. The Orioles’ offense is the fifth worst and their pitching ranks 20th in baseball. Meanwhile, the Royals’ offense is the second worst in baseball (3.04 runs per game) with the fourth worst pitching (4.57 ERA).

  • KC starting pitcher: Zack Greinke (0-2, 2.57 ERA, 0.964 Whip, 2.3 K/9)
  • BALL starting pitcher: Jordan Lyles (2-2, 4.50 ERA, 1.615 WHIP, 7.3 K/9)
  • The choice:

Kansas City Royals in Baltimore Orioles, TBD (Game 2)

  • KC starting pitcher: Daniel Lynch (2-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.143 Whip, 8.6 K/9)
  • BALL starting pitcher: Bruce Zimmermann (1-1, 2.59 ERA, 1.274 WHIP, 9.2 K/9)
  • The choice:

Texas Rangers (10-14) at New York Yankees (18-7), 1:35 PM (Game 1)

The Yankees haven’t played since Wednesday after a sour 2-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays — very different from what we’d expect from the third-best offense in baseball. New York also has the second best team ERA in the league (2.60)

They face a Rangers team that has the 13th best offense (4.33 points/game) and the seventh worst pitching staff (4.23 ERA).

  • TEX starting pitcher: Dane Dunning (1-1, 3.81 ERA, 1,308 Whip, 9.0 K/9)
  • NYY starting pitcher: Gerrit Cole (2-0, 3.00 ERA, 1,167 Whip, 10.1 K/9)
  • The choice:

Texas Rangers at New York Yankees, 5:05 PM (Game 2)

  • TEX starting pitcher: Glenn Otto (1-0, 2.89 ERA, 0.964 WHIP, 9.6 K/9)
  • NYY starting pitcher: Jordan Montgomery (0-1, 2.88 ERA, 1,000 WHIP, 7.2 K/9)
  • The choice:

Milwaukee Brewers (19-9) at Atlanta Braves (13-16), 1:35 PM

The Brewers collectively hold the best record in the National League thanks to a foul that ranks second in MLB at 4.86 runs per game. Their pitching was just as good, finishing in third place with a 3.02 ERA.

Meanwhile, the defending champions continue to sputter to start the season. Their offense (3.90 runs/game) and team ERA (4.04) are below the league average.

  • MIL starting pitcher: Aaron Ashby (0-2, 2.33 ERA, 1.448 WHIP, 10.2 K/9)
  • ATL starting pitcher: Charlie Morton (1-3, 6.85 ERA, 1,732 WHIP, 6.8 K/9)
  • The choice:

Pittsburgh Pirates (11-15) at Cincinnati Reds (4-23), 1:40 PM

A below average Pirates offense (3.81 runs/game) failed to top pitching problems with the third-worst team ERA in baseball. They even lost to the worst team in baseball, the Reds, 9-2 in the first leg of a doubleheader before bouncing back for an 8-5 win.

The Reds’ main problem was a sad pitching staff with a 6.71 team ERA – nearly two runs worse than the second-worst Nationals.

  • PIT starting pitcher: Zach Thompson (1-3, 9.39 ERA, 2.271 WHIP, 7.6 K/9)
  • CIN starting pitcher: Tyler Mahle (1-4, 7.01 ERA, 1,714 Whip, 9.1 K/9)
  • The choice:

Toronto Blue Jays (17-12) at Cleveland Guardians (13-14), 1:40 PM

The Blue Jays’ offense has not yet reached its full potential, averaging 3.86 runs per game.

It makes Sunday’s matchup all the more surprising against a Guardians team whose offense is fourth in MLB with 4.74 runs per game.

  • TOR starting pitcher: Alek Manoah (4-0, 1.45 ERA, 0.839 Whip, 9.3 K/9)
  • CLE starting pitcher: Konnor Pilkington (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.800 Whip, 9.0 K/9)
  • The choice:

Detroit Tigers (8-18) in Houston Astros (17-11), 2:10 PM

The Tigers have the worst offense in baseball with an average of three runs per game, as they face an Astros team with the fourth-best team ERA in baseball (3.06).

  • THE starting pitcher: To be determined
  • HOLD starting pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (2-2, 4.15 ERA, 1.385 Whip, 5.0 K/9)
  • The choice:

Oakland Athletics (10-17) at Minnesota Twins (17-11), 2:10 PM

The Athletics lose steam after a surprise start after losing seven consecutive games. They are up against a Twins team that has the fifth best team in the majors at 3.11.

  • OAK starting pitcher: Daulton Jefferies (1-4, 4.81 ERA, 1,315 Whip, 5.9 K/9)
  • MIN starting pitcher: Chris Paddack (1-2, 3.14 ERA, 1.100 Whip, 7.2 K/9)
  • The choice:

St. Louis Cardinals (16-11) at San Francisco Giants (15-12), 4:05 PM

The Cardinals’ offense ranks 12th in the majors, while their pitching ranks 10th – good enough to make a promising early statement in the NL Central. San Francisco has the fifth-best offense in the majors, scoring 4.70 runs per game.

  • STL starting pitcher: Dakota Hudson (2-2, 3.16 ERA, 1.208 Whip, 6.3 K/9)
  • SFG starting pitcher: Jakob Junis (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.800 Whip, 9.0 K / 9)
  • The choice:

Washington Nationals (10-19) at Los Angeles Angels (18-11), 4:07 PM

The Nationals have decent enough offense to keep up in the NL East (4.17 runs per game), but their pitching is the second worst in the majors with a team ERA of 4.91. They face an Angels team with the number 7 offense in baseball.

  • WSH starting pitcher: Erick Fedde (2-2, 4.68 ERA, 1.440 Whip, 7.9 K/9)
  • LAA starting pitcher: Patrick Sandoval (1-1, 1.29 ERA, 1.143 Whip, 9.4 K/9)
  • The choice:

Colorado Rockies (16-11) in Arizona Diamondbacks (14-14), 4:10 PM

The Rockies continue to exceed expectations despite having the fifth-worst team ERA in MLB thanks to the sixth-best offense in baseball.

Their NL West rivals in the Diamondbacks have the number 11 pitching staff in baseball, but the sixth worst offense.

  • COL starting pitcher: German Marquez (0-2, 6.92 ERA, 1.692 WHIP, 6.6K/9)
  • ARI starting pitcher: Zac Gallen (1-0, 1.27 ERA, 0.703 Whip, 8.0 K/9)
  • The choice:

Tampa Bay Rays (18-10) at Seattle Mariners (12-16), 4:10 PM

The Rays performed with a top-10 clip at the saucer (4.61 runs/game) and on the mound (3.34 team ERA) while both offense and defense of the Mariners are just above the league average.

  • TB starting pitcher: Ryan Yarbrough (0-0, 19.29 ERA, 3.857 Whip, 7.7 K/9))
  • SEA starting pitcher: George Kirby (MLB debut)
  • The choice:

Miami Marlins (13-14) at San Diego Padres (18-10), 4:10 PM

The Marlins are tempered by a pitching staff that is number 7 in baseball (3.33 ERA). They face a Padres team whose offense ranks 11th in MLB.

  • MIA starting pitcher: Trevor Rogers (1-4, 6.14 ERA, 1,500 Whip, 7.4 K/9)
  • SD starting pitcher: Joe Musgrove (4-0, 1.97 ERA, 0.906 Whip, 9.3 K/9)
  • The choice:

Los Angeles Dodgers (18-7) in Chicago Cubs (9-17), 19:08

The best offensive and team ERA in baseball has the Dodgers again near the top of the National League, playing a Cubs team whose pitching staff is the sixth worst in baseball.

  • LAD starting pitcher: Walker Buehler (3-1, 2.12 ERA, 1.112 Whip, 7.9 K/9)
  • CHC starting pitcher: Tyler Mahle (1-3, 5.13 ERA, 1.177 Whip, 7.5 K/9)
  • The choice:

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