Winners: TB vs. HOU

*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 Tampa Bay Rays play at the Houston Astros. Tampa enters tonight’s game in the playoff hunt while Houston is maintaining its grasp on the best record in the American League. For Tampa, rookie Austin Pruitt starts. Pruit is 5-2 with a 6.63 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. He’s allowed 27 earned runs in 36 2/3 innings while batters are hitting .319. When a group of players are batting over .300 against you, that’s never good. For the Astros, former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel takes the mound. He’s 9-0 with a 1.94 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. He’s making his second start since coming off the DL. Keuchel got a no-decision in his last start after giving up three earned runs in three innings. Keuchel should get a lot of run support. The Astros have scored more runs than any other team in baseball. Combine that with a guy who has an ERA under 2.00 and the logical choice has to be Houston, right?

Pick: Houston Astros -200 (Bet $25 to win $12.50)

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 Pittsburgh 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.