Jonathan Coachman is joined by expert sports bettors Mike McClure, Gene Menez and Zack Cimini on the Early Edge podcast. They give you their best bets for the Kentucky Derby, MLB, NHL and Mexican soccer for Saturday, May 1.
Coach starts things off with four SportsLine Plays of the Day. The first two come from Mexican soccer: Tigres (+195) to beat Guadalajara and Over 2.5 goals in that game (6 p.m. ET).
The third play comes in Major League Baseball: Over 8.5 runs in the Cubs-Reds game (4:10 p.m. ET). "When the Reds are home, the Over comes in, plain and simple, 10-1 now," Coach says.
The final SportsLine Play of the Day comes from the NHL: Oilers (-125) to beat the Flames (10 p.m. ET). "It is cashing in 63 percent of our simulations."
McClure, who is on an amazing 22-4 run, has a twin pack of picks that comes in Major League Baseball. The first is Over 9 runs (+100) in the Royals-Twins game (2:10 p.m. ET). "The median total in my model is 10.3 runs," McClure says. "Massive edge on the 9."
His second play is the Athletics to cover 1.5 runs (+105) against the Orioles (4:07 p.m. ET). "Not a good spot for [Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey]," McClure says. "Take the A's on the run line."
Cimini's first pick comes in the Major League Baseball: the Padres (-170) to beat the Giants (8:40 p.m. ET). "You can expect [Giants pitcher Anthony DeScalfani] to be chased off in the fourth or fifth inning," Cimini says.
He also likes the Dodgers (-125) over the Brewers (7:10 p.m. ET). "[The Dodgers] have had success against Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff," he says.
Making his first appearance on the Saturday Early Edge, Menez is picking Rock Your World (5-1) to win the Kentucky Derby (6:57 p.m. ET.) "I think he's going to sit a really good trip, just outside of Medina Spirit," Menez says.
Menez also loves a double-digit long shot in the Kentucky Derby: O Besos (20-1). "He might need a pace meltdown or a really clean trip, but if gets one of those he can definitely make his impact late in the race," Menez says.
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