Welcome to the first edition of Betting on Baseball for this marvelous 2016 season. On Friday, we provide to you a big winning dog that has a little magic going right now. Feel comfortable getting your live MLB sportsbook betting odds here.
On Friday, the Minnesota Twins continue their road trip after a big 8-1 win in Milwaukee. Right-hander Kyle Gibson opposes lefty Gio Gonzalez in Washington. The Minnesota Twins are presently a +165 moneyline underdog. The Nationals have been on fire, with an 11-4 record to start the regular season, behind the hot hitting of Bryce Harper who has now homered in six the last eight contests.
Gonzalez has been great this year, posting a 0.69 ERA over 13 innings in two starts. He’s struck out 12, and walked just three. But I like the way Minneota can attack a left-handed starter. This coupled with some expected regression on both the part of Gonzalez, and the Nationals as a whole gives us our Friday underdog selection.
Kyle Gibson in his own right is a quietly solid pitcher. He’s been as good against right-handed batters as lefties this season, allowing an opposing batting average of .240 to lefties and .239 to righties. Since the Nationals are heavy right-handed to begin with, this bodes well for Gibson; having allowed a wOBA of just .306 in his career to righties.
On Friday, go with the Minnesota Twins +165 as your underdog and make a little extra on your dollar; look for the right-handed bats of Sano, Dozier, Escobar and a lefty like Eddie Rosario to come through with a few big knocks.