MLB Betting: Cardinals vs Padres & Pirates vs Dodgers – 05/30/2022

There’s a huge slate of baseball games on Monday, in both leagues. This betting guide will give insight into some of the trends happening with a pair of those games, as a couple of National League Central teams battle counterparts from the NL West.

San Diego Padres (-105) vs St. Louis Cardinals (-115)

The San Diego Padres have been good on the road so far in 2022 (17-7) and are 12-2 in series openers this season. They’re getting decent numbers here against a St. Louis starter in Packy Naughton that has been solid but has just one start this season. This is a good number for the Padres (-105) in a spot that they’ve found success in.

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San Diego Padres Logo (Chris Creamer’s SportsLogos.Net)

Both bullpens are going to be used a lot here, as Naughton is a spot starter and San Diego’s Nick Martinez has gone past five innings just once in his eight starts this season. That heavy reliance on the bullpen for two teams that both dug into them yesterday should lead to some runs. Lean toward the over in this one (O8.5, -115).

Pittsburgh Pirates (+280) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (-350)

The Dodgers are coming off a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend and have won six of their last seven. The money line is far too steep to offer any value, but Los Angeles has been great on the run line all season (28-18). Taking them to win by more than one run (-1.5, -150) seems like the better play here, even if those odds aren’t the greatest.

The best value in this matchup comes in the over/under. The under looks very appealing (U8.5, -118), as the under has gone 4-1-1 in the last six meetings. The over has hit in just two of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games and in just one of the Dodgers’ last five games.

Odds via BetMGM and FanDuel Sportsbook

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