Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Saturday, August 13

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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.

Welcome to another super Saturday of sports! We have a big MLB and NFL preseason slates today, plus UFC, lacrosse, MLS and EPL soccer to enjoy, so there’s no time to waste. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

2-0 night on MLB Best Bets
The Pickswise MLB team had 2 3-star picks for Friday’s slate and the Dodgers and Astros both cashed those run-line plays to leave us on a 4-0 run with our baseball Best Bets. Our Padres vs Nationals same game parlay was also a winner at +340 odds as San Diego’s Juan Soto had 2 hits in a 10-5 win over his former team. It was a fantastic Friday on the diamond as our handicappers went 11-3 on ML/RL picks! In other notable results, the Guardians beat the Blue Jays 8-0 and the Red Sox took down the Yankees 3-2.

Wilson worry for Jets
The NFL preseason burst into life with 5 more games last night, with the Falcons, Browns, Cardinals, Jets and 49ers picking up wins. The big news, however, was a knee injury to Jets starting QB Zach Wilson, which will be assessed further today. Deshaun Watson failed to impress in his first appearance for the Browns, but Trey Lance looked good in the  49ers’ win over the Packers.

Today’s Slate

16 MLB games today
We have a supersized 16-game MLB Saturday slate, with the Braves and Marlins playing a doubleheader. Guardians vs Blue Jays is on ESPN+ at 3:07 pm ET, with FOX showing Yankees vs Red Sox and Mariners vs Rangers at 7:15 pm ET. Check out our picks for all today’s MLB games.

Super Bowl champions in action
There is a busy 8-game NFL preseason slate today, building up to the return of the Super Bowl champion LA Rams, who take on neighbors the Chargers at 10:00pm ET. Chiefs vs Bears is at 1:00pm, with Cowboys vs Broncos at 9:00pm ET. Both those games are being shown on NFL Network. Check out our picks for today’s NFL games.

There’s UFC, lacrosse and soccer, too
Don’t miss our UFC on ESPN 41 predictions or today’s MLS and EPL soccer picks, while there are 2 PLL lacrosse games today, which are both being shown on ESPN+.

Best Bet of the Day

MLS: FC Cincinnati ML vs Atlanta United
7:30 pm ET, ESPN+

Following the capture of Matt Miazga from Chelsea, FC Cincinnati may soon see improvements to its defensive game, but recently it has been all about offense. The Orange and Blue are as good as any MLS team going forward, having scored 40 goals in 24 matches in the Eastern Conference this season. Star offensive duo Brandon Vazquez and Brenner have scored 22 of those goals and continue to link up well, helping their team to an upset 3-1 win over Supporters’ Shield contender Philadelphia Union last time out. That was a statement win from Cincinnati and the home team should feel confident of following that with a victory over Atlanta United. Read our full game preview for FC Cincinnati vs Atlanta.


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.

Jared Smith and Lauren Jbara are your hosts today and they will be joined by guest John Laghezza to break down today’s MLB card. They will also be giving their best bets for today’s NFL preseason games, looking at the best NFC East player props and revealing their Plays of the Day.

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


Get up to speed with today’s baseball by reading our Saturday mega parlay, YRFI/NRFI best bets and Mariners vs Rangers same game parlay.

We also have a Saturday NFL mega parlay, and you can also check out Jared Smith’s best betting strategies for the 2022 NFL season, as well as our picks for the Super BowlAFC and NFC and our previews of all 32 teams.

It’s Week 10 in the Premier Lacrosse League and we have this week’s PLL best bets and the top lacrosse prop bets for Week 10.

Our college football preview continues to grow with previews of Notre Dame and Oregon, and soccer fans can check out our Saturday EPL parlay. Our UFC on ESPN 41 coverage also includes best bets and a 4-fight parlay.

Read all of our great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Rams went 0-3 in preseason last year before winning the Super Bowl.

Quote of the Day

“I have no excuse for my error, and I would never do anything to cheat or disrespect this game I love.”

Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Boost of the Day

Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United to each score 2+ goals

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of 3 teams each scoring 2 or more goals in the EPL today (first game 10:00am). Arsenal (vs Leicester), Man City (vs Bournemouth) and Man Utd (vs Brentford) all scoring at least twice has been boosted from +230 odds to +300.

Pickswise is the home of free sports picks, news, and best bets. Check out our expert NBA picks, MLB picks, NHL picks, and Soccer picks, and for the latest game picks.

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