Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Thursday, August 11
Good morning, Pickswise Nation! Four m0re teams begin their NFL preseason campaigns tonight and we also have an MLB slate and PGA Tour golf today, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!
About Last Night
Mets cash our Best Bet
Wednesday’s MLB Best Bet of Mets -1.5 against the Reds was trouble-free as New York won 10-2, and the Pickswise team had a great day on total over/unders too, going 10-4, with the Blue Jays vs Orioles game being rained out. There were quite a few extra innings needed, with the Brewers beating the Rays 4-3 in 10 innings, the Angels getting past the A’s 5-4 in 12 and the Rangers beating the Astros 8-4 in 10.
NFL back in business
The NFL preseason proper starts tonight with Giants vs Patriots at 7:00 pm ET and Titans vs Ravens at 7:30pm ET. Read today’s NFL previews.
8-game slate in MLB
We have only 8 MLB games today but the action gets going early with Marlins vs Phillies on ESPN+ at 1:05 pm ET. There are 6 afternoon games in all, with the evening games concluding with Cubs vs Reds in the Field of Dreams game on FOX at 7:15 pm ET. Read today’s MLB game previews.
Golf playoffs start today
The FedEx Cup playoffs begin on the PGA Tour this week, and Pickswise golf analyst Diane Knox Balas has the best bets and expert analysis for the FedEx St Jude Championship.
Best Bet of the Day
MLB: Under 9 runs in Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds
7:15 pm ET, FOX
The Cubs and Reds have both been under teams of late. The Cubs are is 3-7 O-U in their last 10 games, while the Reds are 2-8 O-U over the same stretch. With these lineups, it is hard to expect an offensive explosion. Rookie pitcher Nick Lodolo could be a real difference-maker for the Reds in this game and hold down the Cubs. The Reds’ bullpen is always worrisome, but less so in a matchup such as this. In their last 7 games that group has an ERA under 3 too. Take the under. Check out our full preview for Cubs vs Reds.
Enhance your betting knowledge by watching our daily show Let’s Bet It!, available at 10:00 am ET on our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise.
Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by Iain MacMillan, senior editor at Betsided, to give out his best MLB bets. The team will also be looking at the Big 10 Heisman Trophy candidates, giving their NFL preseason picks and revealing their Plays of the Day.
You can also access LBI shows at any time through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).
Our NFL season preview package is expanding all the time — visit our NFL tab to access it all — with the latest additions being our previews of the NFC North and NFC East, while you can also check out our Preseason Week 1 best bets.
There’s always plenty more great betting content on our Analysis tab.
Stat of the Day
Ravens coach John Harbaugh is 36-15-1 against the spread in NFL preseason games.
Quote of the Day
“I’m super shocked. What a moment. I didn’t know what else to think but ‘Wow’.”
Braves prospect Vaughn Grissom hit a home run against the Red Sox in his MLB debut.