Winners: CIN vs. PIT

*Originally posted on the Sports Action Blog

For those of you keeping score at home, the last two days have been the roughest so far. We’ve gone 2-2 in straight bets and 0-2 on parlays. Having said all that, we still only lost about 25% of our winnings. That’s house money so we’re still good. We have three picks and two parlays today so let’s see if we can move back in the right direction.

For today's picks we’ll still play with $100 and bet $25 on each of the straight bets, $15 on Parlay 1 and $10 on Parlay 2.

Tonight, the Cincinnati Reds play at the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cincinnati is battling multiple teams for the title of worst team in the majors but they’re 7-1 against the Pirates this season. Weird. The Reds send second-year pitcher Robert Stephenson. Stephenson is 0-4 on the season with a 7.86 ERA and 2.04 WHIP. He’s given up 30 earned runs in 34 1/3 innings. That’s just awful. Current Pirates who have faced Stephenson in their career are batting .303 against him in 33 official at-bats. More good news. For the Pirates, second-year pitcher Trevor Williams starts. Williams is 4-4 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He has two appearances against Cincinnati this season allowing four earned runs in four innings. That’s not exactly encouraging numbers. However, the Pirates have won five in a row against the NL Central and are 11-5 in their last 16 against right-handed starters. I’ll take Pittsburgh in this one.

Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -170 (Bet $25 to win $14.71)

Here's the breakdown of how I want to play today’s picks in parlays.

  • Parlay 1 (Bet $15 to win $20.74)
    • Pittsburgh Pirates -170
    • Houston Astros -200

These are the two teams of the three I’ve picked that are most likely to win. This is your ‘breakeven’ parlay. You pair them in the parlay because you should get a good enough return to erase your loses and they are likely to both win.

  • Parlay 2 (Bet $10 to win $30.25)
    • Pittsburgh Pirates -170
    • Houston Astros -200
    • Colorado Rockies -145

Click for the Houston or Colorado write-up. This is your ‘bankroll’ parlay. If you win every individual bet, you might as well get more money by betting them all together. Because you’re putting together so many picks, you’ll get better odds and can bet less money to win a ton.

By the way, although the Dodgers aren’t one of my official picks, I would pick them the rest of the season. They’ve won 40 of 46 games. Yikes. But I digress. We could use a good night to get back on the right path. Take these picks and follow along on the Sports Action App.