MLB Best Bets – 5/3/23

Orioles @ Royals

The Baltimore Orioles enter play with a record of 20-9. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles aim to secure their seventh straight series win as they send Kyle Gibson to the mound. Last night’s win allowed the Orioles to continue their streak of winning series openers; they have now won all ten.

Gibson faces off against 18-year veteran Zack Greinke. The 39-year-old has not fared well this season, as he has a 6.10 ERA over six starts — an average of 3.7 runs a start.

The Orioles are three and a half games back of the Rays, so this series presents an easy opportunity for a sweep to help close in on first place. It’s extremely early in the season, but the Orioles are showing great promise.

Baltimore -1.5 (+100)

Catcher, Adley Rutschman was the number one overall first pick in the 2019 draft. He is starting to live up to expectations as he has opened the season with a .315 average. At 25 years old, Baltimore is hoping to build a championship team around this kid.

Adley Rutschman Over 1.5 Bases (+115)

Angles @ Cardinals

Shohei Ohtani is batting .294 with 7 home runs. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Although it only happens once every five days, watching Ohtani pitch and swing the bat is still an extraordinary experience.

Despite how incredible he is, Shohei Ohtani continues to improve each season. He has only allowed two runs in his first five starts, but last time out, he was lit up by Oakland for five. Clearly, he is coming back down to earth, but bettors can still bet on him to be incredible most every start.

The last time Ohtani made a start, he fell five feet short of a cycle. He had the first three legs, and in the eighth inning, he hit a bomb to deep center, and it dropped just short of the wall. While he didn’t complete that feat, those three hits helped him continue his impressive streak of a hit in every game he pitches. 

Ohtani Over 1.5 Bases (+135)
Ohtani Under 4.5 Hits Allowed (-135)

The Angels have been hot and cold this season, but taking on the worst team in the National League; they seem to have things dialed in. With Ohtani on the mound, there is no reason LA won’t pick up the W again tonight.

Los Angeles (-130)

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