Picks and Predictions for MLB Games – May 26th, 2022

| May 25, 2022 3:08 pm PDT

Tuesday’s MLB action was a dream for anyone who tailed my predictions. There were 12 games on the board, and we correctly predicted the first ten. The Seattle Mariners and New York Mets couldn’t pull out a victory, but no one will complain about an 83 win percentage.

My favorite bets for Tuesday hit as well. A $10 parlay would’ve returned a profit of over $60. It was a great day, but it’s time to shift our focus to Thursday’s MLB action.

Let’s examine the seven games with odds on the board.

MLB Odds for Thursday, May 26th

  • Cubs (-111) vs. Reds (+101), O/U 8.5
  • Rockies (+105) vs. Nationals (-115), O/U 8.5
  • Phillies (+103) vs. Braves (-113), O/U 8.5
  • Red Sox (-102) vs. White Sox (-108), O/U 9
  • Blue Jays (+128) vs. Angels (-138), O/U 7.5
  • Dodgers (-180) vs. Diamondbacks (+166), O/U 9
  • Rangers (+108) vs. Athletics (-118), O/U 7

We have odds available for seven of the 11 MLB games on Thursday. We’ll take a quick look at the betting trends for each matchup.

The Cincinnati Reds are on different ends of the spectrum with their betting trends. They rank bottom five against the spread, but they’ve gone over their run total more than any team in the majors.

There aren’t many teams worse than the Reds against the spread, but the Washington Nationals are dead last against the spread. The Colorado Rockies are top 10 at going over their run total.

There isn’t much difference between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves with the spread. Both teams are among the league leaders at going over their run total.

It’s interesting to see a high run total for the Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox.

  • Boston Red Sox: 17-22-3 (23rd)
  • Chicago White Sox: 17-23-2 (25th)

Surprisingly, the Toronto Blue Jays have the third-worst record against the spread. That’s also where they sit with the run total. Can Toronto turn things around against the Los Angeles Angels?

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks head into Thursday’s matchup as the top two teams against the spread. Something will have to give.

The Texas Rangers aren’t far behind, covering the spread the fourth-most times in the majors. Can they keep it up against the Oakland Athletics?

Please visit BetOnline to wager on Thursday’s action.

Top MLB Predictions for May 26th

  • Reds Over Cubs
  • Rockies Over Nationals
  • Braves Over Phillies
  • Red Sox Over White Sox
  • Angels Over Blue Jays
  • Diamondbacks Over Dodgers
  • Rangers Over Athletics

The Cincinnati Reds will send 6’5” Hunter Greene to the mound for Thursday’s game. Greene has a 5.49 ERA, but he has allowed four runs across his last three starts. He should keep it up against the Chicago Cubs.

I don’t have much faith in the Colorado Rockies or Washington Nationals. It’s an ugly matchup, but Colorado’s offense gives them the upper hand.

The Atlanta Braves scored a comeback victory on Tuesday night. We have a solid pitching matchup, but I have a little more faith in Braves starter Kyle Wright.

Are the Boston Red Sox the hottest team in baseball? A six-game win streak has them pushing for a playoff position. I expect them to keep things up with another victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The Los Angeles Angels will have Shohei Ohtani on the mound for Thursday’s game. Ohtani had a slow start, but he’s starting to find his groove. Toronto has yet to find its footing this season and will likely suffer another loss.

I’m taking a surprise pick with the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Los Angeles Angels. That decision boils down to the Dodgers starter Mitch White.

  • 6.17 ERA
  • 1.29 WHIP
  • 4 Walks
  • 13 Strikeouts

Arizona has looked much better this season. Can they score another victory over the Dodgers?

A pair of AL West teams will close Thursday’s action with the Texas Rangers defeating the Oakland Athletics. Rangers starter Martin Perez has a 1.64 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in eight starts. He pitched six scoreless innings against Oakland on April 23.

Best Bets for MLB Games on 5/26/22

  • Red Sox to Win (-102)
  • Rockies vs. Nationals Over 8.5 Runs (-105)
  • Blue Jays vs. Angels Over 7.5 Runs (-110)

The Boston Red Sox were one of my best bets on Tuesday, and they responded with a 16-3 victory. Technically, they open as the underdog for Thursday’s matchup, but they still present value.

Red Sox starter Michael Wacha has a 1.76 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Meanwhile, Chicago White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel has a 6.60 ERA. That alone should gravitate you towards Boston.

Honestly, there’s no reason to back the White Sox in this matchup. Boston should extend their win streak with a victory.

The Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals is likely the worst matchup of the night. I’m expecting a high-scoring affair because of the starting pitchers.

  German Marquez (Rockies) Patrick Corbin (Nationals)
ERA 6.14 6.60
WHIP 1.59 1.69
Walks 12 20
Strikeouts 39 39

Colorado’s offense is top 10 in runs. It’d be a big surprise if neither pitcher allowed three or four runs. This could be a 5-5 game before the bullpen comes into play. The pitching should help this game hit the over.

Before the 2022 season, it would’ve been hard to believe a matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels would’ve had a low run total. Both pitching staffs have been solid, but Toronto’s offense hasn’t lived up to the hype.

Blue Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu has a 6.00 ERA in four starts. He’ll have a tough time facing an Angels offense that leads the AL with 212 runs. Shohei Ohtani has been strong on the mound, but the Blue Jays should score a few runs.

We’ve gone over the odds, predictions, and best bets for Thursday’s action. Please visit the MLB sportsbooks to wager on the action.

Nicholas Sterling
Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

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