April 24th MLB Odds and Picks

Kevin Gausman winding up for pitch

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • There are 15 games on the MLB schedule for Saturday, April 24th
  • Season record: 27-36: -$1,211 (based on $100 wagered per unit)
  • Wagering advice for Saturday’s games can be found below

Highlighting MLB’s 15-game slate Saturday is a marquee pitching matchup in Cleveland.

Gerrit Cole (2-1, 1.82 ERA) will start for the New York Yankees against 2020 American League Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber (2-1, 2.45) at 6:10pm ET at Progressive Field.

Also on tap, the Boston Red Sox are the day’s biggest favorites at -220 over the visiting Seattle Mariners. Nathan Eovaldi (3-1, 3.04) pitches for the Red Sox against Chris Flexen (1-1, 3.38) at 1:10pm at Fenway Park.

We’ve scanned the board and offer our best bets for Saturday.

April 24 MLB Picks

Matchup Pick and Odds at DraftKings Units Risked
Marlins vs Giants Giants (-155) 1 unit
Pirates vs Twins Twins -1.5 (-100) 1 unit
Nationals vs Mets Mets (-195) 1 unit

Odds as of April 24th 

Pick 1: Giants (-155)

Kevin Gausman (1-0, 2.45) gets the nod for the Giants, facing the Miami Marlins’ Pablo Lopez (0-2, 3.32) at 9:05pm at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Many eyebrows were raised around baseball when the Giants gave Gausman a qualifying offer for 2021 that pays him $18.9 million. The 30-year-old has never won more than 11 games in a season over his nine-year career.

However, Gausman has been worth the money so far, as the Giants are 3-1 in his starts, including winning the last three.

He pitched six scoreless innings to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in his last outing.

Gausman was highly regarded coming out of LSU in 2012 and the Baltimore Orioles selected him with the fourth overall pick in that year’s amateur draft. He is finally living up to that billing the Giants as he has a 3.27 ERA in 14 career starts for them over the last two seasons.

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Lopez was a hard-luck loser against the Giants last weekend in Miami. He used a dazzling changeup to set a career high with nine strikeouts in six innings but took the L despite allowing only one unearned run.

That didn’t keep Lopez from his postgame workout, though.

The Giants have won five of their last six games, are 7-1 at home this season and have their best pitcher on the mound. That is a hard combination to pass up.

Pick 2: Twins -1.5 (-100)

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Trevor Cahill (0-2, 9.69) visit the Minnesota Twins and Michael Pineda (1-0, 1.00) at 2:10pm at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The Twins are off to a disappointing 7-11 start after winning back-to-back American League Central titles. However, don’t blame Pineda.

The big right-hander has allowed just two runs in 18 innings in his three starts, while striking out 17.

Pineda worked seven scoreless innings in his last turn in the rotation against the Red Sox, though he did not figure in the decision despite striking out six and walking only one.

The Twins are still without shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left fielder Kyle Garlick and right fielder Max Kepler because of COVID-19 protocols. However, that should not matter against Cahill, who was rocked for five runs in the first inning by the Milwaukee Brewers in his last outing.

Cahill has allowed first inning runs in each of his three starts so far this season. He did not sign with the Pirates until late in spring training and appears to still be trying to gain his bearings.

The Twins also have a little momentum going as they snapped their four-game losing streak Friday night with a 2-0 victory over the Pirates while winning for just the second time in their last 11 game. J.A. Happ carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning while Willians Astudillo and Jake Cave hit home runs.

I’m not usually a run line guy but that’s the way to go in this game.

Pick 3: Mets (-195)

Marcus Stroman (3-0, 0.89) toes the slab for the host Mets against the Washington Nationals’ Joe Ross (1-1, 5.87) at 4:05pm at Citi Field in New York.

Jacob deGrom has understandably generated most of the pitching headlines for the Mets. He has a 0.31 ERA and 50 strikeouts through four starts.

Stroman has been good, too, as his sub-1.00 ERA indicates. However, he has not dominated like deGrom, with just 11 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

Stroman, though, might win a Gold Glove. He already has a blue one.

The lack of whiffs might make it look like Stroman’s stuff does not match his win-loss record. Yet he has given up just 11 hits and three walks in his three starts for a 0.65 WHIP.

Ross did not allow a run in his first two starts, covering 11 innings. However, he was rocked for 10 runs in 4.1 in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in his last outing.

This is another big number to lay, However, Stroman is unbeaten and the Nationals, missing reigning National League batting champion Juan Soto because of injury, have managed just four runs in their last three games and were shut out Friday by deGrom.

It’s hard to buck Stroman in this one.

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