MLS is sometimes a boon, and sometimes the bane of my existence, as RSL cost me a win for the day by conceding in the 76th minute against Los Angeles Galaxy. But that’s the risk you take when you try to combine results in soccer.
Thursday means a return to American football, and with that comes the opportunity to make some parlays happen. I’ve got a few of them in mind for today; here are my best plays for September 30.
SOUTH BEACH PARLAY: MIAMI ML, MARLINS +1.5, DOLPHINS ML, +375
The Marlins want to stay ahead of the Nationals and not finish last in the NL East, so there’s reason to believe they’ll play hard against the Mets. Four of their past five meetings with New York have been decided by a run, so I’m fine taking the smaller payout to get the Marlins covered in case of a tight loss. The Hurricanes should run all over Virginia, and the Dolphins could be facing off with Brett Hundley if the Colts don’t put Carson Wentz out there with two weak ankles. I could bump this up to +975 by adding Inter Miami double chance…but no, Inter Miami has lost three straight. I’ll stick with these three.
OHIO PARLAY: INDIANS-ROYALS U8.5, BENGALS-JAGUARS U49.5, CINCINNATI-NOTRE DAME U51, +450
This is a lookahead spot for Cincinnati, which has Aaron Rodgers and the Packers coming to town in Week 5. But the Bengals are still facing Trevor Lawrence and an awful Jaguars squad, which should lead to plenty of big plays from their defense. I’ll tease this number up to 49.5 to get it to a football number and avoid the hook, especially when paired with these plays. Notre Dame hasn’t been that impressive so far, and Shane Bieber should be able to shut down Kansas City’s lineup. Don’t expect points/runs from the Buckeye State.
MLB PLAYOFF PUSH PARLAY: DODGERS ML, GIANTS ML, BRAVES ML, +250
This isn’t one to overthink. The Padres have collapsed and the Diamondbacks are a disaster, so both of those should be wins for the motivated Dodgers and Giants. The Braves can win the NL East tonight by besting the Phillies, and they’ve looked the stronger team from start to finish in this series. The Phillies look like they’re out of fight, and I can’t see them extending the battle another day. I think Thursday takes almost all of the drama out of the race for the MLB postseason in the National League.