Quick Bit: There are eight games on MLB’s Thursday night schedule, and we break down three of our favorite bets on tonight’s slate.

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The MLB schedule started early on Thursday, but if you missed out on any of the afternoon action, there are still plenty of betting opportunities in the night games.

Below, we’ll break down why we especially like one of the moneylines in the Nationals-Reds, the total in the Mariners-Orioles, and the run line in the Dodgers-Mets.

(Odds courtesy of Sports Interaction)

Reds ML (-139) vs. Nationals. The Reds will be looking to get back into the win column tonight in their series opener against the Nationals. Cincinnati had a solid May (14-10) after starting the season with a horrific 3-22 record.

The Reds’ bats have a favorable matchup against Nats starter Joan Adon, who has been hit around through 10 starts. Adon is 1-8 with a 6.08 ERA overall, and he allows opponents to hit .284/.398/.486 against him away from Nationals Park. Tonight, he’ll be in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the majors in Cincinnati.

Despite their struggles against righthanded pitching (.227), the Reds should be able to score off Adon, as they are ranked second in runs per game at home (5.86).

Mariners vs. Orioles OVER nine runs (-111). Offense has not been at a premium for the Mariners or the Orioles through the first two games of their three-game set. In the first contest on Tuesday night, the Mariners shut out the Orioles 10-0, thanks to a solid outing on the mound from rookie George Kirby. However, the Orioles bounced back Wednesday night with a 9-2 win, hitting four home runs and chasing Mariners starter Robbie Ray after five innings.

We could see another high-scoring game tonight with Chris Flexen on the mound for Seattle and Jordan Lyles for Baltimore. Flexen pitched well in his last start at home against the Astros. However, in his past three road starts, Flexen has given up nine earned runs, 16 hits, and five home runs. He also owns an ERA of 4.97 and .278 OBA on the road this season. Lyles has pitched well at home this season (1-1, 2.10 ERA), but he allowed nine hits and three earned against the Red Sox at Fenway last week.

Dodgers -1.5 (+110) vs. Mets. The Dodgers need a win after a three-game sweep against the Pirates. Los Angeles got behind early in each of those games, which it cannot afford to do tonight against Taijuan Walker and the Mets.

The Mets have won six consecutive games and appear to be a contender in the National League. Walker has pitched well with a 3-0 record and 2.83 ERA. However, he hasn’t faced an offense like the Dodgers since April 17 against the Cardinals, where the Mets lost 4-3.

The Dodgers are hitting .255 against righthanded pitching, which is tied for third in the majors. They also have Tony Gonsolin on the mound (5-0, 1.80 ERA), who has been impressive at the backend of the rotation. Los Angeles is also one of the best teams on the run line this season as a favorite, covering 57 percent of their games (28-21). This should be one of the best games of the night and could be a potential playoff preview.

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