Wise n' Shine: MLB picks, Wimbledon tennis predictions and soccer best bets for Tuesday, July 4

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Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and happy 4th of July! Today’s holiday sports schedule includes morning baseball, soccer, tennis and hot-dog eating — pretty much all we could ask for. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Magic Monday of tennis picks
Coco Gauff made a shock exit on the first day of Wimbledon, but our tennis expert Ricky Dimon hit the ground running with a 3-0 day in the grass-court Grand Slam.

MLB parlay cashes at +529 odds!
The Pickswise MLB team started the week well too, cashing our Monday MLB parlay at +529 odds courtesy of the Marlins, Braves and Padres. The Astros and Rangers went a little early with the fireworks as Houston rallied to win 12-11 after giving up an early 8-run lead. The Yankees also produced a strong finish to beat the Orioles 6-3, while the Braves won their 9th straight game, 4-2 against the Guardians.

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Today’s Slate

Full slate of holiday baseball
There are 15 MLB games today, starting in the morning with Reds vs Nationals at 11:05 am ET and running through to Pirates vs Dodgers at 9:10 pm ET. Read today’s MLB predictions.

Grand Slam tennis action
Today’s tennis action is already in progress at Wimbledon but there’s still time to tail both of our experts’ top Wimbledon Day 2 tennis picks — and don’t forget to look out for our Day 3 predictions later today.

Gold Cup and MLS soccer
Canada needs a win over Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight after starting out with 2 ties and we will also have picks for all of today’s MLS action in our soccer picks.

Best Bet of the Day

MLB: Over 9.5 runs in Cincinnati Reds vs Washington Nationals
11:05 am ET, MLB Network

The first fireworks of the day ought to be going off in DC as the Reds and Nats are in an obvious spot for a high-scoring game. The Nationals are still trotting out Patrick Corbin. He shut out the Mariners last week but his 4.84 ERA is generous, and the Reds are ripping the cover off the baseball these days. They are a top-10 team in both batting average and slugging percentage against left-handed pitching, and Corbin is not a good lefty at this stage of his career. The Reds are starting Brett Kennedy, who pitched a handful of games for the Padres in 2018, and those weren’t great. He is making his first appearance for the Reds, and no one is expecting much. We might as well call this a bullpen game, and the Reds’ bullpen is an absolute liability. Read our full Reds vs Nationals predictions.

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Our YRFI/NRFI Best Bets are available for today’s MLB, and as well as our Canada vs Cuba soccer predictions and tennis best bets, we of course have Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest picks. Our expert Diane Knox Balas, fresh from last week’s +1400 odds win with Rickie Fowler, has golf predictions for this week’s event, the John Deere Classic.

Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for all today’s great betting content as it drops throughout the day.

Stat of the Day

Joey Chestnut has won 15 of the last 16 men’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contests.

Quote of the Day

“I knew it was going to be a tough first round for me. I tried my best, but it wasn’t enough.”

Seventh seed Coco Gauff went out of Wimbledon with a 6-4 2-6 6-4 loss to Sofia Kenin.

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