MLB Best Parlays of Week 17

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MLB Week 17

Sunday baseball is the perfect time for a free baseball parlay. Headlining this parlay is a team that I think has surprised most fans since the All-Star break. On top of that, I dive into a wager that selects a heavy favorite to win. Capping off this three-leg parlay is a Run Line bet that is sure to go down to the wire.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds

July 25th, 12:10 P.M., Great American Ball Park

Kicking off this parlay, I want to look at a team that is swinging a hot bat.  

The St. Louis Cardinals have heated up since the All-Star break. For a team that struggled to produce offense before the midsummer break, St. Louis is scoring runs like no other point this season. 

This is why I think taking the Cardinals’ run line +1.5 will be your best MLB bet for this game. 

Cincinnati will be missing key players like Nick Castellanos and Mike Moustakas, which should hurt them on both sides of the ball. 

The biggest reason I think the Cardinals can cover on the Run Line is their defensive capabilities. The Cardinals struggled earlier in the season against run-scoring, but post-All-Star break, the Cardinals have allowed more than 3 runs on only 3 instances (8 games). 

St. Louis has turned a new leaf and I think they can cover on the Run Line. I am adding the Cardinals Run Line +1.5 -129 to this parlay.

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros

July 25th, 1:10 P.M., Minute Maid Park

I have not been a fan of the Rangers this season, which is why I like the Astros in this one. 

I am a bit of a hypocrite because for parlays, I like to find a mixture of value and return. The Astros Moneyline isn’t necessarily either, but I still think it’s the best bet for this game.

Pitching will be key in this game. Zack Greinke starts for Houston and is sporting a 9-3 record for the Stros this season. Yes, his ERA is relatively high at 3.58, but as long as he does his job and Houston wins, I am fine with that. 

The Rangers are abysmal on the road, tallying just 13 wins of their 35 away from Texas. On top of that, Texas’ defense rankings are in the bottom half of the league across the board. 

Joey Gallo is also expected to miss this game, delivering another huge blow to the Rangers. Texas already has one of the worst offenses in the league. Without Gallo swinging the bat, expect Texas to struggle. 

I am all for Houston taking this game. Let’s add the Astros Moneyline -230 to this parlay. 

 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants

July 25th, 4:05 P.M., Oracle Park

Ending this free MLB parlay is a wager in which I could bet on the Moneyline, but I don’t really like the value. 

The Pirates are sending out JT Brubaker, who has a 4.68 ERA on the year. Opposite of Brubaker is Alex Wood, who is 8-3 with a 3.77 ERA.  

As a team, the Giants own the best ERA in professional baseball. San Francisco has an ERA of 3.27, while the Pirates’ team ERA is 4.92. That statistic right there is just one instance that proves the discrepancy between these teams. 

While the Giants aren’t the highest-scoring team in the MLB, they are certainly menacing at the plate. The Giants have scored 476 runs, good for 8th in the league. You can find Pittsburgh at the bottom of the leaderboards, with a measly 356 runs scored this season. 

San Francisco ranks highly in offense, defense and pitching. The Pirates have shown pop before, but I can’t see them maintaining pace with the Giants on Sunday. 

Let’s add the Giants run line -1.5 (+119) to this parlay.

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