Memorial Day betting: Best and worst daytime MLB bets

May 26, 2013 |
There are 10 day games on the Memorial Day MLB slate. We take a look at the teams with the three best and worst day records playing Monday afternoon in an attempt to give you a handicapping edge.

Best day records

Cincinnati Reds (15-9)

The Reds have won five of their last six games and will host the Cleveland Indians Monday. Cincinnati has scored a MLB-best 125 runs in 24 daytime affairs (5.2 runs per game).

Pittsburgh Pirates (12-7)

The Pirates are playing some solid baseball lately and tend to tear the cover off the ball during day games. Pittsburgh hitters have launched 25 home runs in the club’s 19 matinees, but they may be limited by Justin Verlander and the Tigers on holiday Monday.

St. Louis Cardinals (12-8)

The Cardinals have driven in 97 runs under the sun – the fourth-best mark in the bigs. However, St. Louis will run into the big arm of the Royals’ James Shields on Monday.

Worst day records

Houston Astros (2-10)

The Astros are wretched regardess of what time they play and it should be no surprise that they're fade material. Houston pitchers have a lofty 5.87 ERA in the afternoon to date and they’ll square off with the big bats of the Colorado Rockies next.

Miami Marlins (3-12)

I bet you could have guessed the Marlins would follow the Astros in this category. Miami batters average just 3.3 runs per game during early games and have a tough matchup in Tampa Bay looming.

Milwaukee Brewers (5-12)

Wily Peralta will have the task of lowering the pitching staff’s daytime 5.22 ERA against the lowly Twins Monday. But he will be opposed by Kevin Correia, who has a team-high four wins for Minnesota.

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