MLB Picks (Monday, May 10)
Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants
First pitch: 9:45 p.m. ET
TV: MLB Network (joined in progress)
Probable pitchers: Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.40 ERA) vs. Alex Wood (3-0, 1.96 ERA)
When the Rangers and Giants kick off their mini two-game interleague set down by the Bay tonight, they’ll be doing so with a pair of veterans on the mound that are contributing their best work in some time.
Where to begin? Gibson is finally locking into his potential that he exhibited during an up-and-down seven years in Minnesota, looking like a true upper-rotation pitcher. Since a disastrous Opening Day assignment that saw the right-hander manage to get only one out, he’s churned out six straight quality starts — something Gibson had never accomplished previously in his career.
Thus, it’s pretty clear the seasoned right-hander is in rhythm right now and couldn’t be better. Now he gets to work in a pitcher-friendly National League park, where his dead bat will be welcomed, too.
Wood’s beginning to the season, meanwhile, came weeks into the campaign, but he hasn’t disappointed one bit in his first season as a Giant. In fact, through four starts, Wood still hasn’t allowed more than two runs in an outing.
The ninth-year southpaw is contributing steady stylings, going at least five strong each time out and his strikeout numbers have been worth raving about as well.
Last year out of the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen, Wood punched out more than a batter per inning, and with a strikeout rate (8.61 K/9) near that at the moment, he’s crafting his best such mark since 2017, when he was an All-Star and went 16-3.
Wood can also make use of this matchup itself with the Rangers, who aren’t as explosive opposite left-handed pitching. They produced the third-lowest team OPS (.642) against lefties a season ago and they haven’t yet lifted that number much.
Count on two steady arms that have been around for awhile to let up. I see the total is also 7 in many shops but I still recommend a bet if that’s all you can get.
MLB Expert Picks
Pick: UNDER 7.5 @ -117 (Click to bet)
Monday, May 10 MLB Leans
Reds-Pirates Under 7.5
2021 MLB Over/Under Betting Record*: 16-19-2, -5.62 units
Yesterday’s Result: White Sox-Royals Under 7.5 (loss)
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit