Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Monday, August 16

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (left) reacts with Cincinnati Reds shortstop Eugenio Suarez (right) after hitting a two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the third inning at Great American Ball Park MLB futures
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Andrew Wilsher

MLB· 2 months ago

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Editor of Pickswise. Born and raised in jolly old London, England, with an undying love for the NFL, NBA, soccer, and horse racing. A big-time sports bettor who loves futures markets and backing underdogs. Long-suffering New York Jets fan.

Good morning bettors! Welcome to Wise n’ Shine, your one-stop shop for everything you need to know to bet better today. We’ve got some intriguing MLB matchups to look forward to, so let’s get right into it.

About Last Night

Red Sox run riot
The Red Sox crushed the Orioles 6-2 yesterday to not only keep them in touching distance of the Rays in the race for the AL East, but to also cash another easy MLB best bet for Pickswise. That takes our record to 141-92-4, meaning that they are currently winning at a 60.5% clip. If you placed 1 unit based on the star rating (eg 3 units for a 3-star play) then you would currently be up 60.1 units. Check out today’s MLB best bets here.

Dodgers down Mets
The Dodgers crushed the Mets 14-4 last night to keep pace with the Giants in the NL West, while also continuing New York’s downward spiral. The Mets have surrendered a comfortable lead in the NL East and are now three games back on the Braves. They are now +250 to win the division, with the Braves available at +110 and Phillies at +200 with DraftKings Sportsbook.

Today’s Slate

10 MLB games kickstart the week
Sadly there is no NFL preseason to get excited for today, but we do have some crunch clashes in MLB, headlined by the big game between the A’s and White Sox live on ESPN at 8pm ET. That game also features in our +1029 mega parlay, as we look to make it four wins in the past three weeks!

Best Bet of the Day

Cincinnati Reds -1.5 over Chicago Cubs
7.10pm ET

The Reds are fighting hard to secure an NL wildcard spot with the Brewers having all but won the division already, and they’ll know they have a great opportunity to make up ground against the Cubs. Chicago’s pitching staff is posting a horrific 7.69 ERA over the past 15 days and the fact they have opted for a bullpen game here should see the Reds’ powerful lineup secure a crushing victory. Make sure you check out our full game preview for this matchup.

Stat of the Day

The Orioles’ bullpen has posted an 8.68 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in the last 15 days, which ranks 30th in the league. Today Baltimore faces a Tampa Bay team that ranks 1st in the league in runs after the sixth inning. Read our full Orioles vs Rays preview here.

Must-read

With the first round of games in the book, make sure you check out our article highlighting 3 things we learned from NFL preseason, including that Drew Lock is likely to be the starter for the Denver Broncos. He is currently -130 to take the first snap of the season for the Broncos with DraftKings Sportsbook.

Boost of the day

Chicago White Sox or San Francisco Giants to win the 2021 World Series
Boosted to +350 with FanDuel Sportsbook

The White Sox and Giants are on a serious roll and currently lead their respective divisions. You can get them to win the 2021 World Series at +350 with FanDuel Sportsbook, boosted from +300!

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