MLB Best Bets – 4/27/23

As @ Angels

Shohei Ohtani has a batting average of .261 and an ERA of 0.64. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It happens once every five days, but it still feels like a remarkable event when we can witness Ohtani take the mound and swings the bat.

As incredible as Shotime is, he improves with each season. Through five starts, he has allowed just two runs — TWO RUNS. It will be fun to see how long he can keep up a sub-one ERA. Ohtani also has a hit in every game he has pitched this season. Miraculously, his work on the mound does not affect his work in the box.

Ohtani Under 3.5 Hits Allowed (-105)
Ohtani Over 1.5 Bases (+135)

This will be Ohtani’s second start against the As this season, and the Angles are 4-1 against the Athletics in 2023 with a run difference of 45 to 18 —  with 11 of those 18 runs coming in one game. LA has owned Oakland, and their wins have been extremely ugly, and there is no reason to think that will change today.

Angles -2.5 (+110)

Rays @ White Sox

Shane McClanahan has a 1.86 ERA through five starts. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Another guy who has performed better with each year in the league is Shane McClanahan. McClanahan finished sixth in the Cy Young vote last season, but he is gunning for first in 2023. He has pitched six innings in four of his five starts and allowed an average of 1.2 runs per start. While those numbers are less impressive than Ohtanis, they are far more sustainable.

On the other side is the runner-up in the 2022 AL Cy Young race. Dylan Cease posted a 2.20 ERA last season, and he has no interest in second place this year. His first four starts were fantastic, allowing five runs on twelve hits, but he was shaken up by the Rays his last time out — 3 runs on 6 hits. So facing them again today should certainly have bettors favoring McClanahan and company.

McClanahan to Record the Win (+150)


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