After starting the season on a historic winless streak, the Royals‘ Jordan Lyles will try to win his second straight start when he takes the mound against the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday. On Saturday, Lyles (1-11, 6.68 ERA) beat the Rays, 9-4, snapping a 15-game winless streak that dated to last season. The winless stretch was the longest such to begin a season in AL or NL history. On Thursday, he squares off against the Guardians’ Tanner Bibee (5-2, 3.46). Cleveland is a -235 favorite in the latest MLB odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Kansas City is a +192 underdog. The over/under for runs scored is 9.
The game is one of 13 on the MLB schedule for Thursday. Elsewhere in the majors, the Orioles and Yankees close out a four-game series in the Bronx, and the Rangers‘ Nathan Eovaldi will try to join the Rays’ Shane McClanahan as the only 11-game winners in the majors when he faces the Red Sox in Boston. Before making any MLB picks or parlays, be sure to check out the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer simulation model.
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For Thursday, the model has locked in three confident MLB best bets for games that begin at 6:40 p.m. ET or later. If you successfully parlay the picks, you’d be looking at a payout of well over 8-1. You can only see the model’s MLB picks at SportsLine.
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The model, which ran 10,000 simulations on each of the 13 games on Thursday, is taking the New York Mets (+122) to knock off Arizona. The Diamondbacks are in a bit of a slump, having lost five of their last seven games and seven of their last 11, including the first two games of this three-game series to the Mets. Meanwhile, Buck Showalter’s squad has won four straight games and back-to-back series.
New York’s Tommy Pham has been swinging a hot bat as since the start of June, the 35-year-old outfielder is hitting a team-best .343. No other Met has batted even .300 since then. For the season, he is hitting .286, which would be his best since he hit .343 in 39 games with the Rays in 2018. See who else to back here.
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The model also locked in two other best bets for Thursday, including a play on an NL underdog. These picks can help you earn a huge payday if you combine them in a parlay. You can only see the model’s MLB Thursday best bets and parlay at SportsLine.
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