MLB Betting Previews – Tuesday, May 8 Parlay
The 2012 MLB regular season heads into the second week of May with a couple of front runners out to a surprising lead while a few favorites continue to try and make-up ground.
After poring through the stats for the matchups on Tuesday’s slate of games, we uncovered a two-team parlay that promises make up any ground you may have lost over the weekend.
Game 1- Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
Money Line: Tampa Bay +110 New York -125
Total Line: 7.5
James Shields will put his perfect 5-0 record on the line as the Rays starter in this one. He is coming off a solid performance against Oakland in which gave up just one run on four hits while striking out 11 batters.
The right hander has been a bit sketchy against the Yankees in the past with a 5-11 record and 4.39 ERA.
New York is going with Ivan Nova as its starter for Tuesday’s series opener. His 14-game winning streak came to an end after giving-up five earned runs on nine hits in last Wednesday’s loss to Baltimore. Nova is now 3-1 on the year with an ERA of 5.58. He is 2-0 against the Rays with a 3.47 ERA over the course of his career.
Head-to-head, Tampa Bay is a perfect 7-0 in the last seven meetings including a three-game sweep at home this past April.
Game 2- Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics
Money Line: Tampa Bay +105 New York -115
Total Line: 8
It is Ricky Romero’s turn in the starting rotation for Toronto this Tuesday night. He ran his record to 4-0 with a win against Texas his last time out. The left-hander went eight innings for the third time this season and gave-up five earned runs on six hits while striking out six. He has an ERA of 3.64 and a 1.07 WHIP.
Lifetime against the Athletics, he is 4-0 with a 1.49 ERA.
Oakland will send Brandon McCarthy to the mound in this one. He is 2-3 on the year with a 2.96 ERA in seven previous starts. His last time out, he held Boston to one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right hander is 3-2 against the Blue Jays with a 3.79 ERA.
The Blue Jays are 6-2 in Romero’s last eight starts on the road and 16-5 in his last 21 starts overall. The A’s are 1-4 in McCarthy’s last five starts in Game 1 of a series.
Toronto is 4-1 in Romero’s last five starts against Oakland and this Tuesday night will make it five of six.