The Seattle Mariners are out for revenge and looking to make up ground on the Houston Astros starting Thursday night as part of a 10-game MLB schedule. The Astros went into Seattle and took three games to start the season’s second half and now have a 10-game lead over the Mariners in the AL West. The Mariners now visit Minute Maid Park for a four-game series starting at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday. Elsewhere, outfielder Andrew Benintendi is expected to make his Yankees debut against his former team as the Royals are in New York for the teams’ 7:05 p.m. ET matchup. Meanwhile, the Yankees’ AL East rivals are hoping to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Guardians when the Red Sox host the finale at 7:10 p.m. ET at Fenway Park.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Houston as the -140 favorite on the money line in its latest Mariners vs. Astros odds, with Seattle a +118 underdog. Cleveland is a -120 favorite to finish off the sweep in the Red Sox vs. Guardians odds at Caesars. With 10 games on the Thursday MLB schedule, the wagering possibilities are numerous, and if you combine your favorite picks in a parlay you can cash in big. Before you lock in your MLB picks or parlays, be sure to check out the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times, and it is 284-243 on top-rated MLB money-line picks since the start of the 2021 season, returning over $400 for $100 players. This is the same model that pegged the 2021 Atlanta Braves at 10-1 as one of three best bets to win it all last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen profitable returns.
Now, the model has locked in four confident MLB best bets for Thursday. They all involve games at 7:05 p.m. ET or later, so there’s still time to get these MLB picks in. If you successfully parlay the picks, you’d be looking at a payout of well over 16-1. You can see the model’s MLB picks only at SportsLine.
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One pick the SportsLine Projection Model is backing for Thursday is the Giants -140 to beat the Cubs (9:45 p.m. ET). The teams have been going in opposite directions, with the Cubs winning six straight and San Francisco on a seven-game skid to start the second half. But this matchup might be what the Giants need to get turned around. They have won six of the past seven meetings — scoring at least four runs in all seven — and nine of the past 12 in San Francisco.
The starting pitcher matchup appears on paper to be a wash, with Cubs left-hander Justin Steele (4-6, 4.02 ERA) facing Giants southpaw Alex Wood (6-8, 4.21). But neither typically pitches deep into the game, so the bullpens are likely to play a big role. They also are pretty even, both in the bottom half of MLB, but the Chicago bullpen has allowed the most homers of any in the league (59). The Giants have hit the 10th-most home runs in the majors (115).
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How to make MLB picks and parlays for Thursday
The model has locked in three other best bets for Thursday, including an underdog that would pay almost 2-1, and they all can help you to a massive payday if you parlay the picks. You can only see the model’s MLB parlay picks and best bets for Thursday at SportsLine.
Which MLB picks should you target for Thursday in a parlay offering a payout of more than 16-1? And which underdog provides excellent value and is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see the MLB best bets for Thursday from the model that is 284-243 on top-rated MLB money-line picks since the start of the 2021 season.