Wise n' Shine: MLB and NFL preseason predictions and college football news

Good morning, Pickswise Nation! We’re so close to college football season, it’s now just a day away. But we have more NFL preseason action along with a 15-game slate in Major League Baseball. Let’s get into making your next bet better!

About Last Night

The Mets won, and so did our best bet
Jacob deGrom is still very good at baseball. The Mets’ ace threw 6.0 innings and allowed just 3 hits while recording 9 strikeouts en route to the Mets’ 3-1 win over the Rockies, covering our best bet of Mets -1.5. Another notable game in the MLB was a 10-inning slugfest between the Blue Jays and Red Sox that ended with a 6-5 win for Toronto, who completed the sweep over Boston.

Today’s Slate

A full MLB slate returns
After a small slate on Thursday night, the MLB is back with a 15-game slate on Friday. There will be no day baseball, so the first game will be at 6:40 pm ET as the Dodgers will take on the Marlins in Miami. The games will continue all night and the Guardians-Mariners will cap off the day with a 10:10 pm ET start. You can read our previews for all today’s MLB games here.

More NFL action tonight
There were 2 NFL games on Thursday night, kicking off the final week of the NFL preseason with wins for the Chiefs and Texans, and we are treated to 4 more games on Friday night, including Seahawks vs Cowboys on NFL Network at 8:00pm ET. Check out our NFL picks for today’s slate.

Best Bet of the Day

MLB: Atlanta Braves ML (-140) over St. Louis Cardinals
8:15 pm ET

The Braves have been as hot as ever recently, and there’s no reason to start doubting them now. They’ve won 6 of their last 7 games, and are coming off a 14-2 thrashing of the Pirates. Before that were back-to-back series wins against the American League-best Astros and the Mets. Taking 3 of 4 games against New York has helped them get to within just a couple of games for the NL East lead. Although the Cardinals are a superior opponent to the Pirates, the Braves should transition their last win into another one in St. Louis. They’ll even have the benefit of being the ones with the rest day heading into this series. The lefty Jose Quintana looks to be in for a long night, as the Braves are the 3rd-best lineup in the league against lefties this season. Read our full preview of Braves vs Cardinals


Don’t forget to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by Pickswise prop betting analyst Bobby Stanley to discuss NFC West player props. The team will also be going through their best NFL plays for the final week of the preseason and revealing their Plays of the Day.

You can access the show at any time through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).


College football is finally here! Be sure to grab our best bets for this weekend’s Week 0 slate and our +596 mega parlay for Week 0.

The start of the 2022 NFL season is almost here, and we have preseason picks for Week 3! Get the lowdown on our best bets for this week’s preseason action and our +596 mega parlay for Saturday’s action. Be sure to also check out our NFL futures guide, where we have best bets for almost every market!

Friday’s MLB mega parlay, YRFI/NRFI best bets and same game parlays for Guardians vs Mariners and Rays vs Red Sox are also available, along with our best bets for the U.S. Open tennis men’s singles, which starts on Monday.

Keep an eye out for more great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Angels have lost 6 games in a row and 9 of their last 10.

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