Free MLB Picks - Monday August 16, 2021

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Ean Lamb
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Aug/15/2021 has some free MLB betting picks for Monday August 16, 2021 with all lines courtesy of BetOnline here.  They offer a true dime line up to -190 for the best payouts in online baseball wagering.


Hot Teams

AL East

Tampa Bay Rays - The Rays are winning around 70% of their games of late and own a 71-47 record, four games up from the imploding Red Sox and 7 up from the Yankees.

New York Yankees - They were winning around 70% of their most recent 10 games now and were nine games above the .500 mark with a 65-52 record coming into Monday.  

Toronto Blue Jays - At 63-54, this is a team that can certainly be wagered on.  Like the Yankees, they are winning around 70% of their last ten games of late.

Boston Red Sox - Despite being in the thick of things with a 67-51 record, the Red Sox have come unraveled in recent weeks.


AL Central

Chicago White Sox - 68-50 was their record.  But the White Sox were playing just .500 baseball at the moment, perhaps because they are in such a comfortable lead in the AL Central.  They were 10 up from the Cleveland Indians.


AL West

Oakland Atheltics - They were playing at an 80% winning rate and own a 68-50 record.  The A's were 2.5 games under a now struggling Astros squad.

Houston Astros - Until this team gets out of its current funk, we would highly recommend staying away.


NL East

Atlanta Braves - Heading into Monday, they were now up a game over the Phillies and playing at an 80% win rate. They owned a 62-56 record.

Philadelphia Phillies - At 61-57 the Phillies were playing at a 60% win rate.


NL Central

Milwaukee Brewers - They own a 72-47 record and are playing at close to a 70% win rate at the moment.  What's not to like?

Cincinnati Reds - Down 8 games from the Brewers coming into Monday, the Reds are still solid and own a 64-55 record.  They are playing at around a 60% win rate.

St. Louis Cardinals - At 61-56, the Cards have been playing at an 80% win rate recently.


NL West

San Francisco Giants - They are playing at an 80% win rate and are 4.5 games above the Dodgers.

LA Dodgers - LA is playing at around a 70% win rate after struggling a bit. They still own a 71-46 record and one should have no qualms when it comes to betting on them.

Ice Cold Bullpens

Colorado Rockies - The Rockies have the worst bullpen ERA in baseball right now (5.45).

Hot Tip

Thursday August 19 - You better believe Michael Wacha is going to pitch well after giving up seven runs and 11 hits in five innings Saturday night against the Twins.  The problem is he'll be starting against the dreadful Orioles at home, meaning a high price.  They were expected to start Jorge Lopez (3-13, 6.14), so even an UNDER might be out of the question.  Still, this is a game we want to monitor.

Top Trends (Coming Into Friday)

  • The Athletics are 18-5 in the last 23 games of this series.
  • The OVER is 13-6 in the Athletics-White Sox series.
  • The Reds are 7-1 in the last eight games versus the Cubs.
  • There have only been two UNDERs in the last 12 games between the Rays and Orioles.

Game Watch 

1. Athletics @ White Sox - The A's could be found at -101 overnight.

Frankie Montas (9-8, 3.98) has won his last three starts for Oakland.  Because Dallas Keuchel (7-6, 4.51) is coming off two losses, we would stay clear of this particular game.

Instead we are going to go with the OVER 9.  A's batters are hitting at .298 versus Keuchel and Montas is due for a loss.  Both teams can hit.

2. Orioles @ Rays - The total on this game was set at 9.

It's Baltimore's Matt Harvey (6-11, 6.10) vs. Tampa's Collin McHugh (4-1, 1.41)

Harvey gave up three runs in five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Tigers.  He has been dominant in recent starts. 

McHugh has four wins but each of those games featured 9 or more runs totalled.

The Rays will come into this one angry following a tough weekend against the Twins. They have scored 9 or more runs in four of their last five games versus the Orioles (all this season).   Prior to this weekend, the Rays had scored 8 or more runs in six straight games.  The one concern we do have is that Baltimore has failed to score more than four runs in all but one of their last ten games.

Do take the OVER 9 here.



Tampa Bay fell flat again and we weren't quite able to get over that 10.5 total hump as the Rays did score but not at the clip they had been prior to Saturday's debacle.

- Mary Montgomery,

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