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MLB Parlay for August 5: Games You Should Be Focusing On

There is a full slate of MLB games set to take place on August 5, and that means you will have some great chances at making MLB picks. You can bet on each game individually, but putting together a two-team parlay is a better way to go. 

You can find a handful of games that look like a potential betting target, but two games really stick out. Look for a pair of road teams to pick up wins on Friday night in your parlay. 

Here is an MLB parlay for August 5 that you should be focusing on. 

New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals will begin a three-game series on Friday night, and these are two of the most storied franchises in baseball.

New York currently leads the entire league, while St. Louis is trying to win the NL Central Division.

The Yankees come into this game with a record of 70-36, but they have lost three of their last four games. St. Louis is 57-48 on the year and just swept the Chicago Cubs in a series at Busch Stadium. 

The MLB betting odds for this game have the New York Yankees as the moneyline favorites at -155. 

Yankees Analysis

The MLB player stats and the Yankees team stats are absolutely amazing to look at as they have been blowing teams out all season long.

New York is leading the league with 185 home runs this season, and MLB stats show they also have a team ERA of 3.25. 

MVP of the AL

Aaron Judge is likely the MVP of the AL this season as he leads the team with 43 home runs and 93 RBIs. Judge isn’t the only slugger in that lineup, though, as they can strike at any time.

Nestor Cortes will start in this game, and he is 9-3 with a 2.53 ERA on the year. Cortes has the ability to shut a team down, but he doesn’t even need to with this offense. 

Cardinals Analysis

The St. Louis Cardinals are a tough team to figure out as they should be better than their 57-48 record. St. Louis has been playing better of late, but the offense has turned into a two-man show on most nights.

Paul Goldschmidt leads the team with 26 home runs and a .332 batting average, and Nolan Arenado has been terrific at third base as well. St. Louis does have some young talent, and those players need to step up.

Cardinals Pitching

Pitching has still been a problem for St. Louis at times, and it will be Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.10) making the start in this game. Keeping the ball in the ballpark will be a huge priority for Hudson. 

MLB Pick: Yankees (-155)

Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers

A pair of disappointing teams meet up in Texas as the Rangers host the Chicago White Sox for game two of a weekend series. Chicago is 53-52 on the year, while Texas has been even worse at 47-58. 

The MLB betting odds have the White Sox at -180, but you can get them at -105 if you bet the -1.5 run line.

White Sox Analysis

The Chicago White Sox have been a mess all season long, but they are still right in the hunt in the AL Central Division. Chicago has struggled to find consistent offense this season, and MLB injuries have played a role. 

Tim Anderson Leading

Tim Anderson leads the team with a .309 batting average, but this team just continues to lack power. Chicago has hit just 91 home runs, and they need to find a more consistent attack.

The White Sox do have a big edge in this game as Dylan Cease is set to take the mound. Cease might be the frontrunner to win the AL Cy Young Award, and he has gone 11-4 with a 2.01 ERA this season. 

Rangers Analysis

For as frustrating as the White Sox have been, the Rangers have actually been worse. Texas Rangers was supposed to contend for a playoff spot, but poor pitching and a bad lineup have hurt them. 

Corey Seager Leading

All-Star Corey Seager is leading the way with 24 home runs this season, but he just hasn’t gotten a ton of help. Texas won on Thursday night but managed to score just three runs in that game. 

Glenn Otto is taking the mound for this matchup, and he is just 4-7 with a 5.50 ERA on the year. Even though the White Sox have struggled on offense, this team is still capable of hitting the ball hard. 

MLB Pick: White Sox -1.5 (-105)

MLB Parlay Verdict

Home field advantage doesn’t always matter when betting on baseball and making MLB betting picks, as it’s usually the pitching matchups that determine the outcome.

New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs clearly have the edge in their respective games, and that’s going to make all of the difference.

The Yankees will turn things around by winning in St. Louis Cardinals, and the White Sox will roll behind Dylan Cease in Texas. 

MLB Parlay Pick

  • Yankees (-155)
  • White Sox -1.5 (-105)

MLB Pick: Two-Legged Parlay (+221)

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