MLB Betting Daily Preview (April 19): Division Leaders Duel in Seattle
Another eventful MLB betting week is in the books, and a new one is here.
Those hoping that the San Diego Padres would bring the Los Angeles Dodgers down a peg or two did not get their wish, as the Dodgers pulled out a victory in a 12-inning epic on Friday night and wrapped up the series the following night. The Padres will get another crack at the Dodgers this week in a four-game series in Los Angeles, however.
Beyond the Dodgers’ continued supremacy, the biggest MLB headline coming into this week is the health of Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna, Jr. Acuna suffered an abdominal strain in the Braves’ win over the Cubs last night, and the results of today’s MRI will determine if he has to miss much time. If he does, it will certainly affect any MLB betting lines involving the Braves, given Acuna’s impact thus far.
What is on tap as the new week begins?
Surprising Seattle Welcomes World Champs
Among the positive surprises to start the season is the Seattle Mariners’ 10-6 start. The Mariners have won four of their five series, including this past weekend’s home series against the Houston Astros.
Now the Mariners welcome the Dodgers to town, and it will be a good test for the hosts, who will be expected to receive the same treatment the Dodgers’ other opponents have thus far.
The other late game on tonight’s schedule is an intriguing matchup as well, as Joe Musgrove and the Padres host Brandon Woodruff and the Milwaukee Brewers. Both pitchers have started well this month, and the under for that matchup is certain to be a popular MLB betting pick today.
Here is a rundown of today’s full schedule and the matchups and lines that bear the most watching today.
Monday, April 19 MLB Betting Schedule
Chicago White Sox vs Boston Red Sox, 11:10 am ET: Lucas Giolito (1-0, 2.55 ERA) vs Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 2.08 ERA)
Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals, 8:10 pm ET: Josh Fleming (0-1, 1.80 ERA) vs Danny Duffy (2-0, 0.75 ERA)
Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels, 9:38 pm ET: Kohei Arihara (1-1, 3.07 ERA) vs Dylan Bundy (0-1, 3.32 ERA)
Minnesota Twins vs Oakland A’s: POSTPONED
San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 pm ET: Kevin Gausman (0-0, 3.20 ERA) vs Chase Anderson (0-1, 4.00 ERA)
St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals, 7:05 pm ET: Jack Flaherty (2-0, 4.11 ERA) vs Joe Ross (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Milwaukee Brewers vs San Diego Padres, 10:10 pm ET: Brandon Woodruff (0-0, 2.12 ERA) vs Joe Musgrove (2-1, 0.47 ERA)
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Seattle Mariners, ESPN+, 10:10 pm ET: Dustin May (1-0, 1.74 ERA) vs Justus Sheffield (0-1, 4.91 ERA)
Monday, April 19 Top MLB Betting Matchups
You can also find our aggregated industry MLB betting picks for these matchups and all of the day’s other MLB matchups on our MLB picks page.
And to track the week in MLB betting action, check out our weekly MLB betting preview.
St. Louis Cardinals (7-8) vs Washington Nationals (5-8), 7:05 pm ET
Pitching Matchup: Jack Flaherty (2-0, 4.11 ERA) vs Joe Ross (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Flaherty was hit hard in his first start but has had two solid starts since. He will need a second straight good outing against the Nationals tonight after limiting them to one run and three hits in five innings last Tuesday in a 14-3 win. Ross, meanwhile, has yet to allow an earned run (in 11 IP).
Los Angeles Dodgers (13-3) vs Seattle Mariners (10-6)
Pitching Matchup: Dustin May (1-0, 1.74 ERA) vs Justus Sheffield (0-1, 4.91 ERA)
The Dodgers let the sweep slip against the Padres, as the bullpen could not hold a late lead. That spoiled another excellent starter by a Dodgers hurler, as they have combined for 11 quality starts in 16 games. The Mariners certainly have their work cut out for them, but they will come in confident after winning seven of their last nine games.
Milwaukee Brewers (8-7) vs San Diego Padres (10-7)
Pitching Matchup: Brandon Woodruff (0-0, 2.12 ERA) vs Joe Musgrove (2-1, 0.47 ERA)
A low-scoring game is expected tonight in San Diego, where two rising pitchers take the hill. The Brewers have won both of their road series thus far, but they lost the opener in both series.
Monday, April 19 Top MLB Betting Lines to Watch
MLB Betting Sides
- Kansas City Royals ML vs Tampa Bay Rays: The Royals (9-5) have won six of eight and top the AL Central for the moment. The Rays do come in fresh off of a sweep of the Yankees in the Bronx, but this is a great spot for the Royals. Duffy is off to a very encouraging start, and he is facing a team that is hitting only .221 and strikes out frequently (165 Ks in 16 games).
MLB Betting Totals
- Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels UNDER: Bundy has opened with three consecutive quality starts, and each game has seen little scoring. Also, Arihara is coming off of his best MLB start, as he tossed 5.2 shutout innings last Wednesday against the Rays to earn his first MLB win.
MLB Betting Props
- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies to have a 1st inning run: There has been a first-inning run in seven of the Phillies’ last ten games.
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