MLB Best Bets 9/23/22

Back on track, 2/3 on my last MLB article and 3/3 yesterday on Thursday Night Football. Let’s continue the ryde.

Chris Bassitt enters play with 3.32 ERA. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets (-240) @ Oakland Athletics (+194)

Pitching in this one is Chris Bassitt for the Mets and Cole Irvin for the Athletics.

Bassitt has been a force for the Mets all season, and he is a big reason why the Mets are in first place in the National League East. He’ll be doing his part today to help them hang onto the game and a half lead they currently hold. Four of Bassitt’s last nine starts have been shutouts, including his last time out. So he shouldn’t have any problems with the Oakland lineup.

Irvin has a tremendous start to the season, but he’s fading as the season comes to an end. He’s allowed twenty-one runs in his last four starts. Facing a New York team that needs to win, bettors can expect that total to go up quite a bit.

New York -0.5 First Five Innings (-125) & Mets Over 4.5 Runs (+100)
Carlos Rodon is third in the league with 220 strikeouts. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants (-165) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (+135)

Pitching in this one is Carlos Rodon for the Giants and Tommy Henry for the Diamondbacks.

Rodon is rounding out another phenomenal season. There were concerns about him jumping from the American League to the National League, as players do not always perform at the same level when jumping leagues, but Rodon has not been phased one bit. His numbers this year are almost identical to the ones he put up last year in Chicago.

Henry was the 74th pick in the 2019 draft and has bounced between the Show and Triple-A this season. Henry got the call up to close out the 2022 season. He’s trying to find his groove but has the potential to be a solid starter for the D-backs next season.

Rodon struggled with Arizona early in the season but was stellar in his last start against the snakes. In addition to that, Rodon has averaged nine Ks a start against the Diamondbacks. Given that the Giants bats are facing such a green pitcher, Rodon can just be mediocre, and they should still take this game.

Carlos Rodon Over 6.5 Ks (-154) [FD] & Giants -0.5 First Five Innings (-115)

 

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