MLB Betting Guide: Opening Day
numberFire has built comprehensive algorithms to pinpoint the bets with the highest probability of returning money, whether you are betting on the total, a line, or moneyline. For those new to numberFire, we use a five-star system to show which bets you should be targeting on any given night. Stars represent how much you should risk on a wager relative to what you would normally bet.
For example, if you would normally bet $110 to win $100 on a -110 spread wager, if we give a three-star ranking, we suggest risking three times that amount: $330 to win $300.
Using our model as a guide, let's take a look at the best bets to make at FanDuel Sportsbook.
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Over 7.0 (-128): 5-Star Rating out of 5
Our model sees a ton of value on this line. We project the final score to be 4.95-4.93 in favor of the Atlanta Braves. That's a total of 9.88 runs -- nearly three runs more than the 7.0-run total.
The pitching matchup is Max Fried against Aaron Nola. Both guys are good hurlers, but you can poke some holes in them. Nola had a 4.14 SIERA last season and allowed a 41.9% hard-hit rate in 2019. Fried is coming off a career-worst 4.32 SIERA in 2020 along with a career-low 22.3% strikeout rate. FanGraphs' team WAR projections expect both of these offenses to be solid, giving the Braves the 6th-most offensive WAR and ranking the Phils 14th.
Sharp money is on the over. Per oddsFire, 65% of the bets but 74% of the money is taking the over. This is our lone five-star bet of Opening Day.
Over 7.0 (-122): 3-Star Rating out of 5
Alcantara had a 4.39 SIERA in 2020, but his SIERA was 5.28 in 2019, his lone full season. Left-handed hitters got to him for a .369 wOBA last year, and the Rays will likely load up their lineup with a bunch of lefties, including mashers Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe. The Miami Marlins' bullpen is a weak spot, too, as FanGraphs projects Miami with the sixth-fewest reliever WAR.
Glasnow is a bad dude -- 28.5% career strikeout rate -- but one of his few blemishes is the longball. Glasnow permitted 1.73 homers per nine innings in 2020 and has allowed 1.29 per nine for his career. One ill-timed dinger could help us get to eight runs.
We project a total of 8.47 runs to be scored in this one and have it ranked as one of the better bets of the day.