Best Bets MLB May 24
Can Ryan McMahon and the Colorado Rockies keep the bats hot against the Mets? AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for action, whether it’s through poker, sports betting, or any other means. I’ve spent the past few weeks reading the advise from countless websites and sports betting “experts” to see if anyone on the Internet could make me some free money. While I commend these individuals for having the bravery to publish their picks, I haven’t seen too many impressive results. In the fall, I posted my weekly college football bets, and finished the season about even. Those will certainly be more accurate this coming season, but I’ve decided now to post my own daily bets, this time in the MLB. As always, I will keep track of my record, for better or for worse.

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Colorado Rockies vs. New York Mets: NYM -130 ML

In contrast to what I like to tell people, I am in fact a Colorado Rockies fan. However, betting has no room for personal bias. Indeed, Colorado is coming off of a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks and is riding on the hot bats of Ryan McMahon and Ramiel Tapia, among others. However, the team is an abysmal 2-17 this season on the road and has been shut out in four of those games. Additionally, they have lost 7 consecutive road games. David Peterson will take the mound on Monday for the Mets, and I believe he will cause trouble for the left-handed dominant Colorado lineup. In his past two starts, Peterson pitched much better than he had been in the beginning of the season and should carry that momentum into his outing against the fourth best team in the NL West.

On the other side of things, 27-year-old Austin Gomber will take the mound for Colorado, who is quite inconsistent. In just 45 innings pitched, Gomber has an ERA of nearly 5.00 and has walked 20 batters. After losing the series to Miami, I expect New York to come out swinging against the 18-29 Rockies and end their win streak. If you’re someone who enjoys the risk placing bets with the run line, this is a solid game to do so.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins: Under 8.5 +100

The saying “life is too short to bet the under” is something I typically try to stay away from. This game is a perfect example. Baltimore and Minnesota are two struggling teams both last in their division. The Orioles have dropped six straight while Minnesota finally won a series this weekend, defeating Cleveland in two of three games. Even though both teams have played in plenty of high scoring games recently, I have reason to believe that this Monday night contest will be a low scoring affair.

Baltimore’s John Means has been one of their lone bright spots this season, as he sports a 4-0 record with a 1.70 ERA and a no-hitter. Minnesota’s offense is prone to striking out and Means has 59 strikeouts in only 58 innings pitched so far. Additionally, Minnesota will likely be missing their best bat in the lineup, as Nelson Cruz is still nursing a wrist injury.

Pitching for Minnesota is right-hander Matt Shoemaker. Despite his 6.08 ERA, Shoemaker has pitched well in two of his last three starts and went toe-to-toe with Chicago’s Lucas Giolito in his last outing. He will face a Baltimore offense that has produced at the plate as of late, but lacks in star power. The inconsistency of the offenses in this game leads me towards taking the under, especially considering the value it offers at 8.5. While this is not one of the safer bets, value overweighs the odds in my book.

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