MLB Best Bets 9/17/22

Ronald Acuna Jr. celebrates after hitting a two run home run last night. His HR prop tonight is (+400). Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies (-112) @ Atlanta Braves (-104)

Pitching in this one is Aaron Nola for the Phillies and Jake Odorizzi for the Braves. Nola has been one of the worst starters for the Phillies, and after being the worst starter for the Astros, Odorizzi has picked up that role for Atlanta.

The National League playoff picture is almost set; it’s just a matter of the seeding. Atlanta has a ten-game lead in the Wild Card race but sits just one game behind the Mets in the National League East. After a six-run eighth inning to take last night’s game, the Braves will look to continue with that momentum today.

The Braves have struggled in their last two series and being so close to a fifth straight division title and a first-round bye, they need to tighten up. Bettors should look for the bats to pick up where they left off last night, and they will need to be at their best to make up for the runs Odorizzi is bound to give up. Odorizzi will try to do better than the four runs in three innings he allowed against Seattle.

Over 4 Runs 1st 5 Innings (-115) [DK]
Shohei Ohtani over 1.5 bases (+140) is a great prop in this game. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners (-104) @ Los Angeles Angels (-112)

Pitching in this one is George Kirby for the Mariners and Shohei Ohtani for the Angels.

Ohtani is making his twenty-fifth start of the season, and while both my Atlanta Braves and Miami Hurricanes will be playing, there is nothing I’d rather watch than the two-way freak.

While this game holds no significance to the Angels, the Mariners are trying to hold onto their small lead in the Wild Card race.

George Kirby is having an unbelievable rookie season that teammate Julio Rodriguez has overshadowed. In twenty-one starts, Kirby has a record of 7-3 and an ERA of 2.98. He’s a big reason for Seattle’s success this season and will be a crucial part of their playoff run.

This is a great matchup, and while Ohtani has a tendency to single handily win games when he’s pitching, Kirby will make that difficult for him tonight. With two studs on the mound, there’s one sure pick.

Under 3.5 Runs First 5 Innings (-120)


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