It’s our favorite weekend for baseball, as we bring in the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re anything like the big boss, Rob Parker, you’re currently reading this column while you plot your holiday meal of ribs, steak, BONE-IN wings, and maybe a glizzy (or three) before taking in some baseball. Don’t fill up on tubular meats and diet cola just yet! We have three picks to make your pockets as fat as your waistline.


  1. The Tampa Bay Rays (no lines posted) have been cooking! The “hot dogs” of the ridiculously competitive AL East, they are dominating on the mound (eight total shutouts, 3.71 combined ERA, 190 runs allowed) and at the plate (top two in EVERY offensive statistical category). They look to dish an “L” to another division leader in the Los Angeles Dodgers (no lines posted), whose top five offensive rankings in runs, slugging percentage and home runs have proven too much for most of their rivals to chew on.


This is where pitching matchups are key. With both teams serving up major offensive numbers, it’s going to be a feast when paired with the Dodgers’ Noah Syndergaard (1 win – 3 losses, 5.88 ERA) and the Rays’ Cooper Criswell (no wins – 1 loss, 7.94 ERA). With these two pitchers getting the start, it’s going to be a buffet line at home plate.


Nom nom nom. Take Dodgers/Rays OVER 9 total runs.


  1. It’s been a pressure-cooker season thus far for both the San Diego Padres (no odds posted) and the New York Yankees (no odds posted). After both teams came in as a couple of tastier options to win the World Series in 2023 for futures bettors, neither team has played consistently winning ball to lead their divisions at any point this year. 


There are some sweet spots for each roster, though, as Xander Bogaerts is experiencing a renaissance season (.261 BA, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) and Aaron Judge (.298 BA, 14 HRs, 33 RBIs) is making his case for a back-to-back MVP. Xander’s offensive performance won’t be enough to mask the putrid pitching coming from Padre’s starter Joe Musgrove (1 win – 2 losses, 6.75 ERA).


Dig in.  New York Yankees ML.


  1. Las Vegas will now be home to gambling, 5-star dining, and the Athletics (+210). As a life-long Oakland A’s fan, this is one bitter pill to swallow as Clark County claims another franchise from The Bay. Never mind this team is on a historical losing streak, this kind of pain can be felt deep in every NorCal baseball fan’s gut.


The Houston Astros (-280) may as well be vultures circling a fresh kill. Sure they are middle-of-the-pack in most offensive categories, but it won’t take much to eat up the A’s James Kaprielian (0 wins – 4 losses, 8.68 ERA) who has been serving up meatballs whenever he’s on the bump.

Get your appetite whet with my Bro’s best bet! Astros RL -1.5 (-152).


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