Back-to-back 4-1 days are always a great way to build both momentum and the bankroll, and now we head into the parlay plays of Thursday. I don’t really have any themes to my parlays today with only baseball happening, so I’m just going to pair together the bets that I like and see how things go. Here are my best plays for April 14.
MLB PARLAY 1: CARDINALS +1.5 F5, BRAVES-PADRES U8.5, MARLINS +1.5, +280
Taking the Cardinals +0.5 first five was my play of the day, and given Adam Wainwright’s recent success against Milwaukee, I really like that move. However, for a parlay play, I’ll take the extra run to increase my odds at a win. The same holds true for the Marlins and the Braves-Padres going under. Sandy Alcantara has been a much better pitcher at home than away, and Charlie Morton and Joe Musgrove should be able to keep the opposing bats under wraps.
I could play this a bit more aggressively and go Cards +0.5, Braves-Padres U8 and Marlins ML at +530, but I’m perfectly happy taking a +280 payout if it cashes.
MLB PARLAY 2: CASEY MIZE U3.5 STRIKEOUTS, ANGELS ML, BLUE JAYS +1.5, +375
The Royals just have not been striking out against opposing starters, and Mize hasn’t really been much of a strikeout pitcher in his recent starts. He fanned just two batters against Chicago and only topped three strikeouts one time in his final five starts of 2021. Meanwhile, in five games, Kansas City hasn’t struck out more than four times against any starting pitcher and hasn’t had more than seven strikeouts in a game this season.
The Angels should be able to get a good showing out of Shohei Ohtani in pitcher-friendly Arlington, especially against a weak Rangers squad and Kevin Gausman should get enough run support from his offense to keep the Blue Jays close in the Bronx. I think there’s a good shot for this one to work out.
NHL PARLAY: AVALANCHE 3-WAY ML, HURRICANES 3-WAY ML, LIGHTNING 3-WAY ML, +220
The NHL has not been my friend at the betting window for most of the year, so I’m playing this one pretty conservatively. In Colorado, Carolina and Tampa Bay, you’ve got three certain playoff teams fighting for seeding. In New Jersey, Detroit and Anaheim, you have two bad teams who won’t come anywhere close to the postseason and a mediocre Ducks squad on its fourth straight game on the East Coast. I’ll ride with those odds.