Any time the aggressive parlay cashes, you know it’s going to be a good Three-Play Thursday. The Giants, Blue Jays and Brewers all came through for us last week, resulting in a 6.7-unit cash. Wednesday was a bit disappointing thanks to the Padres and Athletics deciding to play extra innings and depriving us of an overall victory, but two plus-money MLS wins meant the day was almost a wash. We’re back at it with our best parlay bets for a Thursday slate that includes plenty of baseball and preseason NFL football.
CONSERVATIVE PARLAY: BLUE JAYS OVER 4.5, ROCKIES ML, WHITE SOX ML, +320
The Blue Jays should be able to mash in this game. Triston McKenzie has been very hittable away from home, and the Jays have hit five runs in both of their past two games against Cleveland. Colorado has been excellent at Coors Field and Jake Arrieta has pitched terribly in his past three starts, and while Dallas Keuchel hasn’t pitched well as of late for the White Sox, he’s got the right opponent in this game. Kansas City is just 18-35 away from Kauffman Stadium and Keuchel has been fairly successful against the Royals in his career.
AGGRESSIVE PARLAY: MARINERS ML, ANGELS OVER 5.5, TWINS-ASTROS OVER 9.5, +1200
There isn’t a lot of reason to take Seattle here, except this: The Yankees have lost the first game in nine of their past 10 series at Yankee Stadium, while Seattle has taken the first game in six of its past seven series. The Angels haven’t been hitting great, but Spencer Howard hasn’t pitched past the fourth inning all season, so they’ll have chances to get into the Rangers’ bullpen. Finally, Framber Valdez has had a fine year in Houston, but he tends to get a bit careless when his team gives him run support. With Griffin Jax on the mound for Minnesota, the Astros shouldn’t be hurting for run support here.
PENNSYLVANIA PARLAY: COWBOYS-STEELERS UNDER 16.5 2H, PHILLIES ML, REDS -1.5, +450
Let me preface this by saying: I hate betting on preseason football unless I have a good reason for doing it. The Hall of Fame Game’s second-half trend qualifies, because the general rule with the game in Canton is that as long as the Dolphins aren’t involved, the second half is going under. Of the past 13 HOF Games, 10 of them have seen 16 points or less scored in the second half, and two of those three were Dolphins games. The starters will be long out of the game, so points aren’t particularly likely. To complete the parlay, we’ll look to the Keystone State’s two baseball teams. The Phillies have won four straight and smell blood in Washington, while the Pirates are 1-5 against Cincinnati and haven’t played a one-run game with the Reds all year.