About Robert Criscola

Robert has been a die-hard sports fan and handicapper for many years. A lifelong Brooklynite, his home away from home is Belmont Park. Follow Robert on Twitter: @itsgood2beking

Weekend MLB preview: Cubs at Dodgers

Two of the National League's cornerstone franchises, the Chicago Cubs (38-30) and Los Angeles Dodgers (46-23), will battle it out in a weekend series in Southern California. Here's what bettors should be expecting throughout. Friday, 10:10 p.m. ET Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 3.00 ERA) (CHC) +120 / +1.5 runs (-180) / Over 8 runs (-105) Rich Hill (3-1, 2.40 ERA) (LAD) -130 / -1.5 runs (+150) / Under 8 runs (-115) MLB free play: Cubs moneyline The Cubs are an intriguing [...]

Friday MLB preview: Phillies at Braves, Yankees at White Sox

Philadelphia Phillies (38-30) at Atlanta Braves (40-29), 7:20 p.m. ET Nick Pivetta (4-1, 4.93 ERA) (PHI) +125 / +1.5 runs (-170) / Over 9.5 runs (-105) Max Fried (7-3, 3.75 ERA) (ATL) -135 / -1.5 runs (+140) / Under 9.5 runs (-115) MLB free play: Phillies moneyline first five innings (+115) Based on the way Friday night's starters are trending, the Phillies have the upper hand over the Braves at SunTrust Park. Nick Pivetta will be on the hill for [...]

Thursday MLB preview: Diamondbacks at Nationals, Cubs at Dodgers

Arizona Diamondbacks (36-33) at Washington Nationals (31-36), 7:05 p.m. ET Zack Greinke (7-2, 2.87 ERA) (ARZ) -120 / +1.5 runs (+135) / Over 9 runs (EVEN) Erick Fedde (1-0, 2.93 ERA) (WSH) +110 / -1.5 runs (-160) / Under 9 runs (-120) MLB free play: Diamondbacks moneyline Erick Fedde has done a decent job since he joined Washington's rotation, but Arizona ace Zack Greinke holds the edge in this Thursday night matchup. Fedde's batting average against in four starts this [...]

Wednesday MLB preview: Diamondbacks at Phillies, Brewers at Astros

Arizona Diamondbacks (35-33) at Philadelphia Phillies (38-29), 7:05 p.m. ET Merrill Kelly (6-6, 4.12 ERA) (ARZ) +125 / +1.5 runs (-175) / Over 9 runs (-115) Zach Eflin (6-5, 2.88 ERA) (PHI) -135 / -1.5 runs (+145) / Under 9 runs (-105) MLB free play: Phillies -0.5 first five innings (EVEN) Based on the home and road splits of the respective starters, the Phillies are a good bet to secure an early lead over the Diamondbacks in Wednesday's series finale [...]

MLB Tuesday preview: Blue Jays at Orioles, Diamondbacks at Phillies

Toronto Blue Jays (23-42) at Baltimore Orioles (20-45), 7:05 p.m. ET Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.73 ERA) (TOR) -115 / +1.5 runs (-225) / Over 8.5 runs (-115) John Means (5-4, 2.67 ERA) (BAL) +105 / -1.5 runs (+185) / Under 8.5 runs (-105) MLB free play: Orioles moneyline The Blue Jays and Orioles are each 5-15 their last 20 games, tied for the worst mark in the majors. But bettors should confidently back Baltimore and their best starter, John Means, [...]

Monday MLB preview: Rangers at Red Sox, Dodgers at Angels

Texas Rangers (34-30) at Boston Red Sox (34-32), 7:10 p.m. ET Mike Minor (5-4, 2.55 ERA) (TEX) +200 / +1.5 runs (EVEN) / Over 8 runs (-105) Chris Sale (2-7, 3.84 ERA) (BOS) -225 / -1.5 runs (-120) / Under 8 runs (-115) MLB free play: Rangers moneyline Mike Minor and the Rangers offer good value against Chris Sale and the heavily favored Red Sox at Fenway Park. Minor is enjoying his best season as a starter in his eight-year [...]

Weekend MLB preview: Rockies at Mets

The Colorado Rockies (32-29) and New York Mets (30-32) meet at Citi Field this weekend for a three-game series. Each team is looking to make up precious ground in their divisions as the season creeps up to the halfway point. Here's what bettors should be watching for throughout. Friday, 7:10 p.m. ET Antonio Senzatela (4-4, 5.33 ERA) (COL) +180 / +1.5 runs (-130) / Over 7.5 runs (-115) Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.49 ERA) (NYM) -200 / -1.5 runs (+110) / [...]

Friday MLB preview: Reds at Phillies, Dodgers at Giants

Cincinnati Reds (28-33) at Philadelphia Phillies (35-27), 7:05 p.m. ET Tyler Mahle (2-5, 4.26 ERA) (CIN) EVEN / +1.5 runs (-180) / Over 9 runs (-120) Zach Eflin (5-5, 3.02 ERA) (PHI) -110 / -1.5 runs (+150) / Under 9 runs (EVEN) MLB Free Play: Reds moneyline The Reds look like a good bet as underdogs at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. Tyler Mahle starts for Cincinnati, and he is ninth in the NL in strikeout/walk ratio (4.79). The [...]

Thursday MLB preview: Yankees at Blue Jays, A’s at Angels

New York Yankees (38-22) at Toronto Blue Jays (23-38), 7:07 p.m. ET, ESPN J.A. Happ (5-3, 4.83 ERA) (NYY) -180 / -1.5 runs (-110) / Over 9.5 runs (-115) Edwin Jackson (0-3, 13.22 ERA) (TOR) +160 / +1.5 runs (-110) / Under 9.5 runs (-105) MLB Free Play: Yankees runline Thursday night's clash between the Yankees and Blue Jays should be fairly one-sided in favor of the visitors. J.A. Happ, who posted a 1.174 WHIP in six starts last month [...]

Wednesday MLB preview: Giants at Mets, Rays at Tigers

San Francisco Giants (25-34) at New York Mets (28-32), 7:10 p.m. ET Tyler Beede (0-1, 7.82 ERA) (SF) +120 / +1.5 runs (-180) / Over 8.5 runs (EVEN) Jason Vargas (1-3, 4.46 ERA) (NYM) -130 / -1.5 runs (+150) / Under 8.5 runs (-120) MLB Free Play: Mets -0.5 runs first five innings (-105) The Mets' bullpen woes make them tough to trust in the full-time market, but they're a good bet to get out to an early lead against [...]