Best MLB Odds & Betting Picks for Tuesday, May 17 (2022)

The weather won’t be the only reason for doubleheaders in Major League Baseball this season. The lockout forced the postponement of all teams’ first six games, and since commissioner Rob Manfred promised each team would play all 162 games, schedulers had to get creative with doubleheaders to accommodate themselves. ensure teams make up those games before the playoffs. That’s the reason for two doubles on today’s slate (White Sox-Royals, Diamondbacks-Dodgers), while the third between the Cardinals and Mets is the result of yesterday’s rain.

That means bettors have a loaded slate of 18 games to get involved with, including three games with the first pitch at 3:10 a.m. ET or earlier.

Here are our best bets for Tuesday’s MLB action. (Odds courtesy of DraftKings)

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Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays RL

With the way the Tigers hit and Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan (2-2, 2.52) threw, it won’t take much offense for the Rays to cover that runline. Detroit is a challenging group offensively, as their 106 points scored are the worst in the majors. They’ve scored four points or less in 30 of the first 36 games, largely because they can’t hit the ball out of bounds. The Tigers have hit the 18-worst home runs in MLB, and you know things are bad when former Miguel Cabrera is tied for the team lead with three homers.

Scoring runs will be especially difficult against McClanahan, as will simply putting the ball in play, as the Rays flamethrower has 11 strikeouts in two of his last three starts. McClanahan’s 58 strikeouts are league-leading, and his .915 WHIP and 2.65 FIP mean he’s elite at limiting traffic on base runs.

His counterpart, Beau Brieske (0-2, 3.86), is only making his fifth Major League start. Brieske’s 6.58 FIP leaves something to be desired, and he doesn’t put the batters away at nearly the same rate as McClanahan, as he hasn’t gone over three strikeouts in any of his four starts. Considering the Rays’ top ten ranking with a .289 BABIP, we should see them mustering enough offense to cover the -1.5 points.

Bet: Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 points (-120 at DraftKings)

Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins O/U

A bad pitch was a big reason the Nationals went off to a 12-25 start, and only the fearsome Cincinnati Reds allowed more than their 194 runs.

Washington’s throwing struggles continued yesterday as they entered Game 1 of the series against Miami, ranked 28th out of 30 ERA teams, and allowed eight more runs.

Marlins starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo landed on the IL with a pulled forearm, which put a damper on Miami’s pitching plans for the next few days. While Sandy Alcantara had a dominant outing of three hits and one run allowed over eight innings yesterday on four days off, today’s starter Cody Poteet (0-0, 0.55) faced to an unusual workload all season. Poteet hasn’t pitched since May 10, and the fact that he’s been bouncing between the starting pitch and relief duties will eventually take its toll on him. The Miami ERA team ranks ninth, mainly due to the fantastic seasons of Alcantara and Pablo Lopez. Unfortunately, Poteet is not of the same caliber as these two.

The most has taken in the last five meetings in Miami between these teams, and we’re looking for another high-scoring affair between these division rivals tonight.

Bet: Nationals-Marlins OVER 8.5 (-105 at DraftKings)

San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies ML

Whenever a franchise has been as dominant against an opponent as San Francisco has been against Colorado, we feel compelled to support them until the end of the streak.

With yesterday’s 7-6 victory over the Rockies, the giants won 11 consecutive games in this rivalry, including a home sweep of their division rivals earlier this season. Prior to last night’s win, the ten-game head-to-head win streak was San Francisco’s longest winning streak against an opponent since beating Cincinnati in ten straight games in 1933-34. The Giants beat Colorado 85-34 during the streak and recorded at least ten hits in ten of 11 wins.

San Francisco is now 21-6 in its last 27 meetings with Colorado, including seven straight wins at Coors Field. So why waste a good thing?

Bet: San Francisco Giants ML (-160 at DraftKings)

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