Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Sunday, August 7

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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. For Phil Agius media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.
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Good morning, Pickswise Nation. We have a super Sunday of sport ahead with a full MLB slate, plus EPL and NASCAR action. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Mets take valuable twin wins
There was no shortage of MLB action on Saturday with 17 games played. The Mets took full advantage of their important doubleheader against the Braves, winning 8-5 and 6-2 to move 5.5 games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East. The other doubleheader was split as the Angels won the nightcap 7-1 against the Mariners. The Guardians upset the Astros 4-1 behind Cal Quantrill, while the Cardinals beat the Yankees 1-0.

PLL picks in fine form
Our lacrosse handicappers went 2-1 on Saturday’s PLL spread picks, making it a 3-1 weekend overall.

Today’s Slate

Action-packed afternoon of baseball
We have a 15-game slate of MLB today, with a ton of afternoon action. It starts early, with Peacock showing Astros vs Guardians at 12:05 pm ET, while Braves vs Mets is on ESPN+ at 4:10 pm ET. Sunday Night Baseball sees the Padres taking on the Dodgers at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN. Check out our picks for all today’s MLB action.

There’s EPL and NASCAR, too
You can also check out our picks for today’s EPL soccer, with champions Manchester City starting out against West Ham at 11:30 am ET on Peacock, and today’s NASCAR race, the Firekeepers Casino 400.

Best Bet of the Day

MLB: Colorado Rockies vs Arizona Diamondbacks Over 8.5
4:10 pm ET

The Diamondbacks’ game against the Rockies could have plenty of fireworks. That’s largely been the case for Arizona’s home games in Chase Field. It doesn’t have the recognition of the Rockies’ Coors Field, but it’s right on par in terms of being hitter-friendly. Arizona’s home ballpark ranks 1st for extra-base hits and 2nd for overall runs. It trails Colorado’s home stadium in terms of home runs only due to the thin air. Not only do the Rockies have a poor pitching staff, but Christian Walker is also one of the National League leaders for home runs and right below him is Colorado’s CJ Cron. They may struggle on the mound, but the Rockies are a top-10 lineup. Check out our full preview of Rockies vs Diamondbacks.


We’ve got you covered for today’s baseball with same game parlays for Astros vs Guardians, Braves vs Mets and Padres vs Dodgers, plus our Sunday MLB mega parlay (+1036 odds) and today’s YRFI/NRFI best bets.

Our NFL preview is getting bigger every day and you can check out our early picks for the Super BowlAFC and NFC as well as the latest additions including our NFC North team previews of the Lions, Packers, Bears and Vikings.

Our college football preview content includes our National Championship predictions and Heisman Trophy picks, with the latest arrivals being our team previews for Alabama and Michigan.

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

Stat of the Day

Today’s Phillies starter Aaron Nola has pitched at least 6.0 innings in 12 straight starts.

Boost of the Day

Manchester United and Manchester City both to win

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of both Manchester teams winning their opening games of the EPL season today from +120 odds to +150. Manchester United starts early at 9:00 am against Brighton, before Manchester City plays West Ham at 11:30 am ET.

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