Rick’s MLB Plays 6/1

I’m back after a multiple day hiatus! Apologies as I’ve been moving into a new apartment on-top of an insanely busy time at work. It never hurts to get a full reset and relax for a bit as well, but it’s time to launch back into my MLB plays and continue the upward trend stemming from my UFC and NBA plays as well. Let’s get into it!


Seattle Mariners @ Baltimore Orioles


Favorite: Mariners -145

Total: 8.5

Pitchers: Robbie Ray (4.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) vs. Kyle Bradish (7.31 ERA, 1.52 WHIP)


Two teams stuck in the mud of mediocrity this year with 21 wins collide in a midweek clash between polar opposite pitchers. Tipped to be the strikeout king in the MLB, Robbie Ray has come through so far but has sputtered as it pertains to allowing base runners and runs. On the other hand, Bradish has struggled to impress in his debut season with abysmal numbers across the board.


The Mariners have been better lately, winning 3 of 4 with a cumulative run differential of 23-3. They took advantage of the Orioles yesterday with 10 runs and look to do so again against Bradish who has a wOBA of .396. The Mariners get on base however they can and run the bases well, led by rookie Julio Rodriguez who leads the MLB in steals. If they can get on the board early we might only see a few innings of Bradish, who is on an increasingly short leash.


Robbie Ray will have to improve on what has been a tough last 3 outings, where he has allowed 12 runs on numerous hits. His expected numbers for the season greatly outperform his ERA and will be looking to regain his form of last year with a great spot against the Orioles.


Pick: Mariners ML -145 (1u)



Jennifer Buchanan - The Seattle Times



Chicago White Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays


Favorite: Blue Jays -135

Total: 8.5

Pitchers: Michael Kopech (1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) vs. Hyun Jin Ryu (5.48 ERA, 1.35 WHIP)


It’s no secret that the White Sox have drastically underperformed on expectations through the early part of their season. The pitching hasn’t been as impressive as it was thought to be, and the bats aren’t dominating lefties like they did last year. With that said, Michael Kopech has been exceptional for them and has only gotten better with each performance. He’s allowed just 4 hits and 3 runs in his last 19 innings, and will be needed against a Blue Jays team that has found their form with the bats recently.


Scoring 6+ runs in 5 of their last 6 games, the Blue Jays are on a 6 game winning streak behind Bo Bichette and co. Ryu’s ERA has been deceiving. He’s only pitched in 5 games this year, and allowed 11 runs before injuring experiencing forearm tightness which landed him on the IL for a month. In his return, he’s pitched 15.2 innings, allowing only 3 runs in the process. If he can keep that form and the bats can continue theirs, this could be easy sledding for the AL contenders.


Pick: Blue Jays F5 ML -125 (1u)





Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers


Favorite: Twins -120

Total: 7.5

Pitchers: Bailey Ober (ERA 3.25, WHIP 1.23) vs. Tarik Skubal (2.44 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)


I was one of the people who bit on the fools gold that was the Detroit Tigers this season. They’re off to an abysmal 19-30 start due to their offense producing little to no runs on a consistent basis. One player who has shown growth has been Tarik Skubal. He’s been nearly flawless this year, and has only allowed 3 runs in his last 25 innings. At 25 years old, he’s only going to continue evolving into the left-handed prospect the Tigers hoped he would be.


Opposite of him, Bailey Ober has continued his momentum from a great rookie season, improving his ERA thus far this year. He doesn’t give free bases (6% walk percentage), nor does he get hard often. Luckily for him, he’s facing the Tigers today and those numbers should continue. Expect a low-scoring win for the Twins today, who could win this somewhere in the 3-2, 4-1 range.


Pick: Twins ML -120 (1u) & u7.5 -110 (1u)



Rick Osentoski - USA Today



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