Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Monday, July 4

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Phil Agius

MLB · 1 month ago

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I've been writing about the NFL and a host of other sports for the UK's top daily betting paper the Racing Post for more than 20 years. An incurable Browns fan (1-31 survivor), I also specialise in all kinds of motorsport betting including F1, MotoGP, IndyCar and NASCAR.

Happy Fourth of July, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to another wonderful week of sports. We’ve got a nice MLB slate and things are getting serious at Wimbledon, while the unmissable sports action is completed by the traditional Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest… Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Another great golf winner for Pickswise!
Pickswise golf analyst Diane Knox Balas has been in amazing form this summer and after wins with 10/1 Rory McIlroy and 30/1 U.S. Open champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, she made it 3 wins in 4 weeks with the biggest-priced winner yet — 55/1 John Deere Classic winner JT Poston! Look out for her picks for the Barbasol Championship and Scottish Open this week.

Yankees shut out by Guardians
Franmil Reyes drove in both runs and starter Triston McKenzie pitched a great game as the Guardians beat the Yankees 2-0 on Sunday. Colorado’s CJ Cron was responsible for all 6 Rockies runs in their 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks with a pair of 3-run homers, while the Padres rallied late to beat the Dodgers 4-2 and the Phillies beat the Cardinals 4-0 on Sunday Night Baseball.

Today’s Slate

14 MLB games on the schedule
We have more Monday baseball than on a regular week today, with 14 holiday contests including a doubleheader between the Guardians and Tigers. The Marlins and Nationals get the party started at 11:05 am ET, with Royals vs Astros on ESPN+ at 4:10 pm ET. Read our preview of all today’s baseball games.

Strawberries and cream … and hot dogs
The grass-court Grand Slam tennis at Wimbledon continues today and Ricky Dimon has three best bets for Day 8, but if hot dogs consumed at frantic speed is more your thing than strawberries and cream, we also have best bets for today’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest! Yes, it’s Joey Chestnut Day.

Best Bet of the Day

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 over Oakland Athletics
9:07 pm ET

The Blue Jays should enjoy their trip to Oakland. It’s not a surprise the A’s were swept by the Yankees, but they’ve also been handled by the Royals and Mariners recently. Poor relief pitching is one of many flaws for the A’s, whose lineup is dead last in terms of team OPS and they’ve been shut out more than any team in baseball. Toronto starter Alek Manoah has a 9-2 record and a 2.09 ERA and has already led his team to a win over the A’s this season. That was before the Jays lineup found its swing, so this one should be much more convincing. Check out our full preview for Blue Jays vs Athletics.

Must-read

Don’t forget to check out today’s 4th of July MLB mega parlay and our Royals vs Astros same game parlay.

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

Stat of the Day

The Giants have won only 2 of their last 10 games.

Quote of the Day

“It’s something that is very emotional and very exciting for me. It’s very special to be a part of that.”

Astros starter Framber Valdez was delighted after recording 13 strikeouts in a franchise-record 20-K day against the Angels yesterday.

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