The Miami Marlins entered last weekend with a four-game losing streak during which they produced only seven runs. They broke out offensively in Chicago, scoring 21 times in a pair of victories over the Cubs, but the well has gone dry again as Miami has recorded two runs while losing its last three contests. The Marlins have the second-best run differential (plus-15) in the National League East and hope to improve it Thursday as they host the division-rival Washington Nationals for the opener of a four-game series. Should you expect Miami to get its offense back in gear, or is there value on Washington to extend its winning streak to five games and bring a return on the money line?
The latest MLB odds for Thursday from William Hill Sportsbook list the Nationals at -115 (risk $115 to win $100) against the Marlins. Other MLB lines of note include the Minnesota Twins at -180 against the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays as slight money-line favorites (-111) versus the Boston Red Sox. Before making any MLB picks or predictions on those games or others in the evening, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
This model, which simulates every pitch of every game 10,000 times, had a banner 2019 season, the league's last full schedule, returning more than $1,400 on its top-rated money-line and run-line picks. It is off to a sizzling start in 2021, going 100-74 on top-rated MLB money-line picks through 12 weeks, returning over $1,200. Anyone following it has seen huge rewards.
Now, the model has crunched the numbers for Thursday's MLB schedule and posted its best bets. Parlaying these four MLB picks today will pay 10-1. Head to SportsLine now to see the picks.
Top MLB picks for Thursday
The model likes the Toronto Blue Jays at -195 on the money line against the Baltimore Orioles. Toronto is riding a four-game winning streak during which it has produced 22 runs and is likely to continue to score against Baltimore, which has lost five straight and owns a major league-worst 5.35 team ERA. The Orioles also are last in the American League with a minus-105 run differential, while the Blue Jays are among the best in the junior circuit at plus-46. Toronto averaged six runs per game while winning two of three at Baltimore last weekend.
The Blue Jays get another crack at Dean Kremer (0-6, 6.20 ERA) after being limited to two runs and three hits over six innings by the right-hander on Saturday. It was one of the best outings of the season by the 25-year-old, who settled for a no-decision and is winless in 14 starts since defeating the New York Yankees on Sept. 6 in his major league debut. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is first in the majors in OPS (1.106) and shares the lead in both home runs (23) and RBIs (60), has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games -- registering five homers and 12 RBIs in that span.
How to make MLB predictions, parlays
The model has locked in three other MLB best bets, including two on surprising underdogs. You can see its MLB best bets for June 24 only at SportsLine.
So which MLB picks should you make on Thursday for a 10-1 return? And which home team is a must-fade? Visit SportsLine now to see Thursday's MLB picks, all from the projection model that's off to a sizzling start in 2021, and find out.