Bettors might as well get used to days like Sunday. The NBA and NHL Finals don’t begin until the middle of the week, so there’s nothing but baseball on tap for betting action in the major pro sports. Golf and tennis are still going on this weekend, along with the NASCAR race on Sunday afternoon, but baseball is the only sport in today’s top betting trends article. With a full day of games on tap, including two night games, it should be a good day to make money on the bases.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 31:
MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles (1:35 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in Tampa Bay road games against division opponents. The under is 14-1 (+13.15 units) this season.
Another day, another under against a division rival for the Rays after Erasmo Ramirez shut down the Orioles in a 3-0 win for the road team. Kevin Cash pushed Ramirez through the lineup a third time in this game and was rewarded for his confidence. This is quite a run of unders in division games. The Rays do have a very good rotation, in spite of the injuries, and a lackluster offense.
Bonus Trend: Play on Baltimore on the money line in home games after a loss. The Orioles are 34-13 (+19.95 units) over the last two seasons.
MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee using the money line in all games against a team with a losing record. The Brewers are 2-15 (-14.45 units) this season.
Kyle Lohse was touched up by the Diamondbacks offense on Saturday and the Brewers couldn’t get much done against Jeremy Hellickson to drop yet another game. They will send Tyler Wagner to the mound against de facto Arizona ace Chase Anderson. The Diamondbacks are a road favorite in this game, which is rare territory for their team over the last few seasons. The Brewers are also 2-15 (-16.6 units) on the run line this season in this situation.
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in May games. The Twins are 19-7 (+15.3 units) this season.
Kyle Gibson outdueled Aaron Sanchez on Saturday to give the Twins another win in the month of May. This team is red hot and bettors have started to take notice. Despite that, Drew Hutchison is a road favorite for this Sunday matinee against Ricky Nolasco. The Blue Jays are lined in the -120 range and Nolasco has gotten steamed in the betting market over his last couple of starts. It will be interesting to see if that happens again.
Bonus Trend: Play over in Minnesota home games after a win. The over is 38-16 (+21.35 units) over the last two seasons.
MLB: Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants (4:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Atlanta games after a win. The over is 18-4 (+13.7 units) this season.
After losing to Clayton Kershaw earlier on the road trip, Julio Teheran now faces Madison Bumgarner in this start on Sunday with a total of 6.5. The Braves rolled to an 8-0 win by getting after Tim Lincecum on Saturday. The Braves continue to scratch and claw to stay around that .500 mark and they have done a good job of keeping up offensive momentum.
Bonus Trend: Play on San Francisco using the money line in May games. The Giants are 21-8 (+12.5 units) this season.
MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago Cubs (2:20 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the run line in all games when playing with a day off. The Royals are 22-6 (+21.5 units) over the last two seasons.
The Royals got an off day due to weather in Chicago on Saturday. That means Yordano Ventura and Tsuyoshi Wada will toe the rubber on Sunday in Chicago instead. The Royals have been one of the league’s top teams this season and the Cubs are an up-and-coming team with a lot of exciting young players. The Royals are a very slight favorite across the market. The Kansas City money line is also 22-6 in this situation for a profit of 15.9 units.
MLB: New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics (4:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Oakland home games. The over is 19-6 (+13.25 units) this season.
Saturday’s game between Nate Eovaldi and Jesse Hahn crept over the total of 7 to add another over to Oakland’s season total. The A’s have been a great over bet, especially at home, profiting over 13 units for bettors. Adam Warren and Jesse Chavez is the pitching matchup for Sunday with a total of 7 after bettors drove the opening line down from 7.5.
Bonus Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in games played on grass. The A’s are 17-31 (-20.25 units) this season.
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers (3:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Texas using the money line in home games with a total of 9 or 9.5. The Rangers are 18-43 (-27.15 units) over the last two seasons.
In a series dominated by rookies, the Red Sox send Joe Kelly against veteran Wandy Rodriguez in this one. Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez had a no-hitter through five for the Rangers on Saturday in an 8-0 win that stayed under the total. The Rangers are a small favorite here and are now 25-25 on the season thanks to their recent hot streak.
MLB: Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners (4:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in Seattle home games against a team with a losing record. The under is 38-15 (+20.55 units) over the last two seasons.
Saturday’s Indians/Mariners matchup between Shaun Marcum and Roenis Elias stayed under the total and the total is posted at 7 for the matchup between Danny Salazar and JA Happ on Sunday. The Indians are 23-25 on the season, so the “losing record” tag does apply in this one.
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