Parlays are a popular play among baseball bettors. Tying two or more results together combined with the best sportsbook news can really give your bankroll a boost during the “Dog Days of Summer” – if you do it right.
One of the best ways to play a parlay is correlated parlays, in which the side and total are connected. And with starting pitchers being the most important aspect of your MLB handicapping, there are a few arms out there that just beg for parlay action.
Here’s a look at the best pitchers to parlay this major league season:
Luis Severino, New York Yankees
Severino is the top money pitcher in baseball at the All-Star break, with the Yankees doing 18-2 in his starts and the talented right hander helping Bronx bettors earn 14.35 units on the season. Severino has a skinny 2.31 ERA over those 20 outings and that’s kept rival lineups off the board.
New York has played Under in 11 of those 20 appearances, and a combo bet of Yankees moneyline (with Severino on the mound) and Under has cashed in 10 times in 2018. Due to the loaded lineup in New York – with the team scoring 5.19 runs per outing (second best in the majors) – the MLB betting totals still climb pretty high when Severino is on the hill. The Pinstripes are supply an average of 5.5 runs of support in those starts, and still staying Under the number.
Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
Veteran Jon Lester has been a bit of surprise in 2018. He appeared to be on the downward trend in 2017, with a 13-8 campaign and 4.33 ERA, but is back to his old tricks this season, posting a 12-2 mark and 2.58 ERA in the first half of the schedule. He’s earned Windy City wagers 12.75 units in the opening three and a half months of baseball.
Chicago has won 16 of his 19 overall appearances and thanks to the Cubbies’ hard-hitting offense – plating 5.12 runs per game – they’ve gone Over in 10 of those wins. On the season, Chicago is actually leaning toward the Under (43-48-2 O/U), but is giving Lester an MLB-best 6.42 runs of support in his outings. Despite getting up there in age, Lester usually pitches better in the home stretch of the schedule, so these Cubs/Over parlays could start to fade away.
Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies are having a breakout season in 2018 – perhaps ahead of schedule as far as baseball’s talking heads are concern. One big reason for Philadelphia’s success is the emergence of Nola, who ranks among the top pitchers in the Senior Circuit with a 12-3 record and 2.30 ERA, stacking 7.69 units of profit in the opening half of the season. The young righty is fourth in the National League in strikeouts and third in WHIP, with a solid 3.74 strikeouts-to-walks ratio.
The Phillies have won 14 of his 20 starts and have played Under the number in 10 of those victories. Philadelphia is actually a perfect 9-0 in Nola’s home outings, going Under the number in six of those contests with a 2-6-1 Over/Under count. Philadelphia ranks 20th in scoring and has given its budding ace just 4.10 runs of support in his efforts.
Jason Hammel/Ian Kennedy, Kansas City Royals
Not all parlay pitchers are the ones you bet on. And thankfully for anyone that actually risked money on the Royals with these guys on the hill, your pain appears to be over. Hammel was recent demoted to the bullpen and it looks like Kennedy will be out for a while with an oblique strain. Before that, this pair of Kansas City hurlers led the team to an 8-28 collective record in its starts this season, burning up -16.14 units for MLB bettors.
Kansas City is the worst offense in the bigs, mustering only 3.55 runs per contest – 30th in the majors – and because of that ineptitude at the plate, KC had helped parlay players successfully fade those two arms and tie in the Under in 20 of their 28 total losses. The crazy thing is Hammel and Kennedy lug two of the grossest ERAs in the majors, with Hammel boasting a 6.15 ERA and Kennedy just a run below him at 5.13. It’s a wonder they still played Under so much.