Day 2

Here's an update on yesterday's picks for those of you scoring at home. Both parlays were winners. There were some close calls on the games but who cares. That's why you pick winners and not spreads. Day 1 bets more than doubled the initial $100 dollar investment. Today's balance is $203.75.

Now, on to today.

Today we have three parlays - MLB and WNBA mixes.

  • Parlay 1 ($20 to win $92.87)
    • Toronto Blue Jays (-145) vs. Baltimore Orioles
    • Washington Nationals (-220) vs. Philadelphia Phillies
    • Chicago Cubs (-210) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
    • Detroit Tigers (-180) vs. Chicago White Sox

Here's the reasoning behind the first parlay. Unlike yesterday, two of the teams are on the road. I prefer home teams but the pitching matchups happen to favor road teams that are good. Ubaldo Jimenez starts for the Orioles. He's coming off one of his best starts of the season, but the Blue Jays have batted .405 against him this season and scored 12 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Max Scherzer goes for Washington against the Phillies. The Phillies are 0-2 against Scherzer in 3 starts this season and have struck out 25 times in 21 innings. Finally, Kyle Hendricks starts the game for the Cubs. He's 8-1 at home this season with a 1.31 ERA. In his only meeting with Pittsburgh this season he gave up 1 earned run in 6 innings, striking out 12.

  • Parlay 2 ($20 to win $22.94)
    • Washington Nationals (-220) vs. Philadelphia Phillies
    • Chicago Cubs (-210) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

This is the 'break even' parlay. If these two teams win, and everyone else loses, you will still not take a loss for the day.

  • Parlay 3 ($10 to win $301.25)
    • Toronto Blue Jays (-145) vs. Baltimore Orioles
    • Washington Nationals (-220) vs. Philadelphia Phillies
    • Chicago Cubs (-210) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
    • Detroit Tigers (-180) vs. Chicago White Sox
    • Minnesota Twins (+195) vs. Cleveland Indians
    • Phoenix Mercury (-115) vs. Indiana Fever

This is just a throw in. Why not? For this parlay, we've added the Minnesota Twins and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. Minnesota has lost 11 in a row. They've got to be due for a win. They face Josh Tomlin who is 2-0 against Minnesota this season, but his ERA is close to 4.00. Come on. Phoenix has won 4 of its last 5 games but they play an opponent who has beaten it 4 times in a row. I tried to figure out why this has happened. No answers. Both teams have similar records. On paper, Phoenix is a much better team. I'm taking a more talented roster led by arguably two of the ten best players in the WNBA, Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner.

Let's see how this one goes.