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2 MLB Best Bets for Thursday, June 1

Mike Noblin
Written by Mike Noblin
June 1, 2023
2 MLB Best Bets for Thursday, June 1

After a perfect 3-0, our baseball picks stumbled to a 1-2 mark last night. The Rangers had plenty of opportunities, but just couldn't complete the sweep against the Tigers. The Yankees also let us down in extra innings against the Mariners.

Thankfully, the Cincinnati Reds bailed us out with another victory as huge underdogs. This team is on a serious roll and has won 5 straight ball games. Will we ride them again tonight?

Let's bounce back with 2 MLB Best Bets for Thursday, June 1. Also, if you're looking for some NBA action, check out our props article for Game 1. Good luck, folks!

Best Bet: Diamondbacks (-160)

We normally don't like laying more than -150, but we'll make an exception because the Rockies are just that bad. Colorado is struggling mightily the plate, especially now that slugger CJ Cron is down with a back injury. The Rockies are just 9-19 in road games this season.

Arizona has been a nice surprise to start 2023. Here we are in June and the D'Backs are 33-23 on the year, which some folks never saw coming. Christian Walker leads Arizona with 12 home runs and 35 RBI.

While we aren't crazy about this pitching matchup, we do think Arizona has a much better bullpen than Colorado. We also like that the D'Backs have won 4 straight games while Colorado has dropped 3 in a row. Let's lay the big price here!

Best Bet: Reds (+146)

Welp! We're going to ride this horse 'til she bucks us off. Cincy has cashed for us 2 days in a row as large underdogs, and we're going back to the well with them once again tonight in Boston. The Reds are now just 3 games under .500, which is pretty remarkable when you consider how they started the season.

Spencer Steer was the hero for the Reds last night, as he hit a clutch home run in the late innings. He leads the team in both home runs and batting average, and we don't see him slowing down. This Cincy lineup is batting .274 against lefties and is averaging 5.81 runs per 9 innings against them.

Chris Sale will get the ball for the Red Sox, and he's looked more like his old dominant self of late. That being said, Sale has gotten into a bad habit of throwing too many pitches right down the heart of the plate. That's probably why his ERA is at 4.72 for the year.

In the end, we don't mind getting the hotter team at another insanely generous price. Let's go REDS! Good luck!

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