MLB Daily Betting Guide: Odds, Schedule, Free Picks: May 23rd

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
May 22, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) celebrates his three run home run with second baseman Nolan Gorman (16) and shortstop Tommy Edman (19) against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Cardinals won 18-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

We had a solid week of MLB betting last week, going 49-38-1 after a slow stretch in the middle of the week. We’ll try to keep striving for a more complete week this week.

Remember, you don’t HAVE to bet on each game. We are giving you our best bets for every game, but if our analysis isn’t landing with you or you just don’t feel like a bet stands out, it’s okay to give that game a pass. There will always be more games to bet on.

Below, I take you through today’s schedule, the odds for each game along with the starting pitchers, and some picks that should help you not only enjoy the game but also think about which way you want to want to bet the game if that’s something you want to do.

Also, we recommend checking the Fangraphs Probables Grid to see the likely starting pitchers from each game with clickable links to get the most in-depth information on each pitcher.

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MLB Odds and Schedule, May 23

Colorado Rockies (19-21) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (16-24), 6:35 p.m. ET

  • PIT Starting Pitcher: JT Brubaker (0-4, 5.5 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 10.75 K/9)
  • COL Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl (3-2, 3.86 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 7.23 K/9)
  • Last 10: PIT is 3-7 in their last 10 games. COL is 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: PIT is 2-6-2 in their last 10 games. COL is 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: PIT averaged 2 total runs in their last 10 games. COL averaged 5.8 total runs scored.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: PIT allowed 5.9 runs on average in their last 10 games. COL allowed 6.3 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

 

Chicago Cubs (16-24) @ Cincinnati Reds (12-28), 6:40 p.m. ET

  • CIN Starting Pitcher: Vladimir Gutierrez (0-5, 8.65 ERA, 1.96 WHIP, 6.58 K/9)
  • CHC Starting Pitcher: Drew Smyly (1-5, 3.97 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 6.88 K/9)
  • Last 10: CIN is 6-4 in their last 10 games. CHC is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: CIN is 3-7-0 in their last 10 games. CHC is 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: CIN averaged 4.1 total runs in their last 10 games. CHC averaged 4.6 total runs scored.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: CIN allowed 3 runs on average in their last 10 games. CHC allowed 3.5 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

 

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Baltimore Orioles (17-25) @ New York Yankees (29-12), 7:05 p.m. ET

  • NYY Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole (4-0, 2.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 10.51 K/9)
  • BAL Starting Pitcher: Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.11 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 7.83 K/9)
  • Last 10: NYY is 6-4 in their last 10 games. BAL is 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: NYY is 5-5-0 in their last 10 games. BAL is 5-5-0 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: NYY averaged 4.5 total runs in their last 10 games. BAL averaged 3.6 total runs scored.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: NYY allowed 3.8 runs on average in their last 10 games. BAL allowed 5 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch in 2022 MLB action
Mar 27, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers (27-13) @ Washington Nationals (14-28), 7:05 p.m. ET

  • WSH Starting Pitcher: Joan Adon (1-7, 6.38 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 7.61 K/9)
  • LAD Starting Pitcher: Tyler Anderson (4-0, 4.04 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 8.58 K/9)
  • Last 10: WSH is 3-7 in their last 10 games. LAD is 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: WSH is 4-6-0 in their last 10 games. LAD is 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: WSH averaged 3.2 total runs in their last 10 games. LAD averaged 6.1 runs scored.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: WSH allowed 5.5 runs on average in their last 10 games. LAD allowed 4.9 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

 

Philadelphia Phillies (19-22) @ Atlanta Braves (19-22), 7:20 p.m. ET

  • ATL Starting Pitcher: Tucker Davidson (1-0, 5.87 ERA, 1.7 WHIP, 5.87 K/9)
  • PHI Starting Pitcher: Zack Wheeler (2-3, 3.49 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 9.54 K/9)
  • Last 10: ATL is 5-5 in their last 10 games. PHI is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: ATL is 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. PHI is 5-5-0 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: ATL averaged 4.1 total runs in their last 10 games. PHI averaged 4.5 total runs scored.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: ATL allowed 4.4 runs on average in their last 10 games. PHI allowed 4.4 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

 

Detroit Tigers (14-26) @ Minnesota Twins (25-16), 7:40 p.m. ET

  • MIN Starting Pitcher: Chris Archer (0-1, 4.1 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 8.2 K/9)
  • DET Starting Pitcher: Beau Brieske (0-3, 5.13 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 5.13 K/9)
  • Last 10: MIN is 7-3 in their last 10 games. DET is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: MIN is 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. DET is 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: MIN averaged 5.8 total runs in their last 10 games. DET averaged 2.5 runs scored.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: MIN allowed 3.9 runs on average in their last 10 games. DET allowed 4.1 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

 

Toronto Blue Jays (22-19) @ St. Louis Cardinals (23-18), 7:45 p.m. ET

  • STL Starting Pitcher: Miles Mikolas (3-2, 1.68 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 6.7 K/9)
  • TOR Starting Pitcher: José Berríos (3-2, 4.83 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 6.15 K/9)
  • Last 10: STL is 6-4 in their last 10 games. TOR is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: STL is 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. TOR is 1-8-1 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: STL averaged 6.4 total runs in their last 10 games. TOR averaged 2.7 runs scored.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: STL allowed 4.9 runs on average in their last 10 games. TOR allowed 2.6 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

Jose Berrios delivers a pitch in 2022 MLB action
May 5, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios (17) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Guardians (17-20) @ Houston Astros (27-15), 8:10 p.m. ET

  • HOU Starting Pitcher: Luis Garcia (3-2, 3.35 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 9.8 K/9)
  • CLE Starting Pitcher: Zach Plesac (1-3, 4.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 5.35 K/9)
  • Last 10: HOU is 6-4 in their last 10 games. CLE is 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: HOU is 2-8-0 in their last 10 games. CLE is 3-7-0 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: HOU averaged 4.9 total runs scored in their last 10 games. CLE averaged 4.3 runs.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: HOU allowed 3.6 runs on average in their last 10 games. CLE allowed 4.7 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick:  

 

Milwaukee Brewers (26-15) @ San Diego Padres (27-14), 9:40 p.m. ET

  • SD Starting Pitcher: Nick Martinez (2-2, 3.89 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 9.35 K/9)
  • MIL Starting Pitcher: Adrian Houser (3-4, 3.22 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 7.68 K/9)
  • Last 10: SD is 7-3 in their last 10 games. MIL is 6-4 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: SD is 6-4-0 in their last 10 games. MIL is 5-5-0 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: SD averaged 5.3 runs scored in their last 10 games. MIL averaged 4.5 runs.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: SD allowed 3.4 runs on average in their last 10 games. MIL allowed 4.5 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

 

Oakland Athletics (17-26) @ Seattle Mariners (17-25), 9:40 p.m. ET

  • SEA Starting Pitcher: Marco Gonzales (2-4, 3.08 ERA, 1.5 WHIP, 5.68 K/9)
  • OAK Starting Pitcher: Zach Logue (2-2, 2.04 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 7.13 K/9)
  • Last 10: SEA is 3-7 in their last 10 games. OAK is 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: SEA is 6-4-0 in their last 10 games. OAK is 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: SEA averaged 3.9 runs scored in their last 10 games. OAK averaged 2.4 runs.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: SEA allowed 5.6 runs on average in their last 10 games. OAK allowed 4.8 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

 

Kansas City Royals (14-26) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (21-22), 9:40 p.m. ET

  • ARI Starting Pitcher: Zach Davies (2-2, 4.35 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 6.86 K/9)
  • KC Starting Pitcher: Zack Greinke (0-2, 3.48 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 3.68 K/9)
  • Last 10: ARI is 3-7 in their last 10 games. KC is 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: ARI is 6-4-0 in their last 10 games. KC is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: ARI averaged 4.4 runs scored in their last 10 games. KC averaged 3.9 runs.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: ARI allowed 5.4 runs on average in their last 10 games. KC allowed 5.7 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

 

New York Mets (28-15) @ San Francisco Giants (22-18), 9:45 p.m. ET

  • SF Starting Pitcher: Alex Cobb (3-1, 5.61 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 11.22 K/9)
  • NYM Starting Pitcher: David Peterson (1-0, 1.9 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 7.58 K/9)
  • Last 10: SF is 4-6 in their last 10 games. NYM is 6-4 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – O/U: SF is 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. NYM is 5-5-0 in their last 10 games.
  • Last 10 – Score: SF averaged 5 runs scored in their last 10 games. NYM averaged 4.7 runs.
  • Last 10 – Runs Allowed: SF allowed 6 runs on average in their last 10 games. NYM allowed 4.1 runs.
  • MLB Free Pick: 

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Alex Cobb delivers a pitch in 2022 MLB action
May 11, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb (38) throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

F5 Parlay of the Day

We’re going to start moving away from the typical parlay and suggest parlay’s specifically for F5 (first five innings) picks because this gives us the ability to take advantage when we see a lopsided starting pitching matchup.

COL (+0.5 F5 RL) + PHI/ATL (Over 4.5 F5) + STL (Over 1.5 F5)

Odds: +518 so a $10 bet could win you $61.85 

 

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