With the 2022 MLB season starting on Thursday, it’s time to start looking at some of the best bets that bettors can profit from MLB picks today for opening day.
Below, we will take a look at four games that I believe bettors can profit from to help get them started with some bankroll for the 2022 season.
Saint Louis Cardinals -1.5 vs Pittsburgh Pirates
The first bet of the day is going to be taking the St. Louis Cardinals to win by more than 1.5 runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although we aren’t going to have definitive data because it is the first game of the season, the Saint Louis Cardinals have always played well against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Because we have to go off the most recent numbers, the Cardinals went 12-7 against Pittsburgh last season, leading me to think this trend continues as Pittsburgh only got worse. Paul Goldschmidt hit 310 against them, with two home runs, seven doubles, and one triple. St. Louis has even won the season series every year since 2014.
Due to those numbers, I am going to have to go with the St Louis Cardinals to at least win by two runs in this one.
They will be throwing veteran Adam Wainwright, who had a great season on the mound last year after going 17-7 with a 3.05 era. The Pirates, on the other hand, are going to be throwing JT Brubaker, who went 5-13 a season ago with a 5.36 ERA.
Take the Cardinals to win by 1.5 runs.
Atlanta Braves ML vs Cincinnati Reds
The defending Champions Atlanta Braves are going to be facing off against the Cincinnati Reds to start their 2022 season. Although it is still not clear who’s going to be in the opening day lineup for the Braves, it is announced that they will be throwing Max Fried as their opening day starter. A season ago, he went 14-7 with a 3.04 ERA.
The reason that I am on the Atlanta Braves in this one is that the Cincinnati Reds did nothing in the offseason to make their team better whereas the Atlanta Braves went out and acquired a few guys who can really make a big contribution to this team. Outside of guys like Jonathan India, Joey Votto, and Tommy Pham, there are really no guys in the Cincinnati Reds lineup that poses a threat to Max Fried.
The Atlanta Braves did the complete opposite of the Cincinnati Reds this offseason and instead of not getting better after winning a World Series, they went out and made some major moves. Ronald Acuna Jr. isn’t going to be playing for the Braves for the next couple of weeks, but they were able to acquire Matt Olson, they are getting back Marcell Ozuna, and they still have Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies, and Dansby Swanson.
Take the Braves moneyline.
Houston Astros ML vs Los Angeles Angels
The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels game is going to be one of the best of the day. Considering that superstar Shohei Ohtani is going to be on the mound for Los Angeles, this could be a game that is somewhat interesting. As everybody knows, he won the MVP a season ago after going 9-2 on the mound with a 3.1 era and also had a fantastic year with the bat.
Although the Houston Astros did lose Carlos Correa, they will still offer a lineup that features some high-level bats. Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, and many other big-time names are in the Astros’ lineup.
The main reason why I’m going to be all over the Houston Astros in this one is because of how they performed against the Los Angeles Angels a season ago. Last year, the Houston Astros finished with a 13-6 record against their rival in the AL West.
Take the Houston Astros money line.
San Diego Padres ML vs Arizona Diamondbacks
The final bet of the night is going to be taking the San Diego Padres moneyline versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. It is to be expected that Yu Darvish is going to get the ball for San Diego on opening night, and Madison Bumgarner is going to get the start for Arizona.
After an incredible career with the San Francisco Giants, Madison Bumgarner did not enjoy his first season with the Diamondbacks as he ended up finishing 7-10 with a 4.67 ERA. Yu Darvish, on the other hand, didn’t necessarily have the year that he was hoping for either, as he finished 8-11 with a 4.2 ERA.
The main reason that bettors should take the San Diego Padres is because of the lineup that they will be offering. Fernando Tatis will miss the first few weeks of the season because of an injury, but they still offer a lineup of Eric Hosmer, Manny Machado, Luke Voit, Wil Myers, and a few other high-level hitters.