MLB Betting Preview with Lines, Odds and Totals for (8/22/20)

Saturday night has a loaded slate of MLB betting opportunities as the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs continue their crosstown rivalry, the Houston Astros face the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers do battle. Sure, there’s plenty of NBA and NHL action to see as well, but the boys on the diamond will always have our hearts.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the odds and best value MLB picks we can find from a few of today’s games. All of the odds are according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs

8:15 p.m. EST | Watch: MLB Extra Innings

Starting Pitchers

CHW: Reynaldo Lopez – R (0-1, 54.00 ERA/7.50 WHIP this season)
CHC: Kyle Hendricks – R (3-2, 3.31 ERA/0.92 WHIP this season)

Total: 10.5 runs | Over: -110 | Under: -105
CHW | Moneyline: +155 | Run Line +1.5: -125
CHC | Moneyline: -170 | Run Line -1.5: +110

Where’s the Money Going? (as of 10:30 a.m. EST today)

Moneyline: CHC, 62% of bets | CHC, 85% of money
Run Line: CHC, 82% of bets | CHC, 73% of money
Total: Over, 56% of bets | N/A % of money

Betting Pick: Cubs Run Line -1.5 (+110)

Based on the huge 10.5 run total, we can probably expect those feisty Chicago winds to be blowing out of Wrigley Field. Hendricks is crafty enough to keep the ball inside the yard, and that will be a crucial aspect of tonight’s game. Lopez makes his first start since shoulder inflammation knocked him out 2/3 innings into his season debut. The White Sox got the upper hand in the series opener, so look for the Cubbies to come back strong and put some runs on the scoreboard. There is a ton of money coming in on the Cubs in every which direction early today. Have faith in the ways of the sharps.

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Zach Davies

Houston Astros at San Diego Padres

9:10 p.m. EST | Watch: MLB Extra Innings

Starting Pitchers

HOU: Brandon Bielak – R (3-0, 1.69 ERA/1.13 WHIP this season)
SD: Zach Davies – R (3-2, 3.25 ERA/0.87 WHIP this season)

Total: 9 runs | Over: -121 | Under: +100
HOU | Moneyline: +108 | Run Line +1.5: -195
SD | Moneyline: -125 | Run Line -1.5: +163

Where’s the Money Going? (as of 10:30 a.m. EST today)

Moneyline: SD, 52% of bets | SD, 94% of money
Run Line: SD, 75% of bets | SD, 66% of money
Total: Over, 65% of bets | Over, 99% of money

Betting Pick: Over 9 runs (-121)

If you have read my articles in the past, you know how important looking at the team-total increases and decreases are to my decisions. Both teams (SD: +0.7, HOU: +0.3) had significant increases and the total has even gone up to 9.5 already at most books. If you act quickly on DraftKings you can still get this at 9.0, considering it even moved up from its initial stance at 8.5. It is intriguing, though, considering both starting pitchers have been strong to start the season. Nevertheless, we’ll follow the money and line movements to victory in this one.

Mike Trout

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers

9:10 p.m. EST | Watch: ESPN+

Starting Pitchers

COL: Kyle Freeland – L (2-1, 2.56 ERA/1.11 WHIP this season)
LAD: Dustin May – R (1-1, 3.00 ERA/1.25 WHIP this season)

Total: 8.5 total | Over: -109 | Under: -110
COL | Moneyline: +190 | Run Line +1.5: -114
LAD | Moneyline: -230 | Run Line -1.5: -105

Where’s the Money Going? (as of 10:30 a.m. EST today)

Moneyline: LAD, 60% of bets | LAD, 58% of money
Run Line: LAD, 96% of bets | LAD, 99% of money
Total: Over, 57% of bets | N/A % of money

Betting Pick: Under 8.5 runs (-110)

Let’s use the same reasoning as the game above but take a different destination. I’m taking the under here, considering both teams have significant team-total decreases (LAD: -0.6, -0.4) – those are the two biggest drops for ANY teams on the slate today. This one is more understanding, though, as Freeland has continued his ground-ball dominance (14, 17, 12 GB outs in last three starts) while May has limited opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his five starts this season.

Shop around for a more favorable total here as some books have it at 9.0. The total did open at 9.5.

Al Walsh
Al Walsh Chief Sports Writer