Welcome to Cash with Flash Best Bets Wednesday MLB Betting Column. We’re excited to be here and we’ll try and write in this space as often as time allows.
Tuesday was another good day as we went 1-1 including the win with the underdog Yankees. That leaves us with a 37-37-11 mark over the history of this 2021 MLB Betting column.
We’re ahead of the game because of the 20 underdogs and several short favorites we hit. Over half of our wins were from wagering on underdogs and without them we’d be trending in the wrong direction. That’s something we don’t want to do.
The most important thing to remember when betting on baseball is finding underdogs as it takes a 52.4 percent success rate at -110 just to break even. This column will offer a mixture of mid to short favorites (-110 to -160) as well as underdogs at +200 and below.
We’re also looking at F5 inning wagers in order to eliminate bullpens, the church league softball extra-inning, man on second base and seven-inning doubleheader rules MLB has thrust upon us.
Wednesday MLB Best Bets!
Unless otherwise indicated, all wagers are First Five Innings Wagers (F5).
Game three of a four-game scheduled series takes place tonight at 7:15 pm. The series is tied at 1-1 with Chicago holding a season series edge of 7-3.
Kyle Hendricks (12-4, 3.65) is set to make the start tonight and over his past 18.1 innings pitched has surrendered four earned runs with ten strikeouts. He’s up against a Cardinals offense with a 22 percent strikeout rate alongside a .149 ISO and wRC+ of 85 against right-handed pitching this season.
Adam Wainwright (7-6, 3.71) should make the start tonight and over his previous 19 innings pitched has allowed nine earned runs with 14 strikeouts. He’ll face a Cubs offense with a 27 percent strikeout rate, .166 ISO and wRC+ of 86 against right-handed pitching this season.
Cash with Flash Wednesday MLB Pick: Cubs +108
New York Mets vs Cincinnati Reds
Game three of a three-game series takes place this afternoon at 12:35 pm. The series along with the season series is tied at 1-1.
Marcus Stroman (6-8, 2.79) is the Mets probable starting pitcher and over his past 15 innings pitched has allowed eight earned runs with eight punchouts. He’ll meet a Reds offense with a 23 percent strikeout rate, .172 ISO and wRC+ of 104 this season against right-handed pitching.
Jeff Hoffman (3-4, 4.61) is the Reds probable starting pitcher and over his past 10.1 innings of work has let in five earned runs with a dozen strikeouts. He’ll face a Mets offense with a 24 percent strikeout rate along with a .150 ISO and wRC+ of 94 against righties this season.
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