Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Thursday, July 21

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Phil Agius


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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! Let’s not talk about yesterday — days without any major sports leagues in action just should not happen. And there’s good news — the MLB is back! It’s only 6 games but we’ll take that after yesterday’s blank slate, and there’s also PGA Tour golf today, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

Today’s Slate

6-game slate in MLB
The MLB is back in action with 6 games today, but only 8 teams are involved with the Tigers and A’s, and the Yankees and Astros both playing doubleheaders. Rangers vs Marlins is live on ESPN+ at 1:10 pm ET, with Giants vs Dodgers on ESPN+ at 10:00 pm ET.  Read today’s MLB game previews.

PGA Tour back in action
After the Open Championship last week, it’s back to the PGA Tour today, and Pickswise golf analyst Diane Knox Balas has picks for the 3M Open.

Best Bet of the Day

MLB: Detroit Tigers ML over Oakland Athletics (Game 1)
3:37 pm ET

The first game between these teams today features a pitching matchup between left-handed pitchers in Tarik Skubal and Zach Logue. As disappointing as the Tigers have been this season, Skubal’s breakout season and the overall performance of their bullpen have been the lone bright spots for this team, and those strengths can carry them to a victory in this game. On paper, Skubal’s 6-8 record and 4.11 ERA doesn’t seem very impressive, but he’s been one of the most unfortunate pitchers this season and his 3.36 xERA and 3.28 xFIP is a more accurate representation of his performances. He should have success in this game against one of the league’s worst offensive teams in Oakland. Check out our full preview for Tigers vs A’s Game 1.


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 Mark Zinno are your hosts today and they will be joined by Stormy Buonantony, host of the My Guys in the Desert podcast, to preview the Pac-12 for the upcoming college football season. The team will also react to the latest NFL news and give their picks for today’s MLB games before 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).


Baseball is back and so are our YRFI/NRFI best bets — before the season was so rudely interrupted we were on an 18-4 run so let’s hope we can pick up where we left off, and you can also read our Rangers vs Marlins same game parlay.

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 for the Coach of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards, while college football fans can get up to speed with the latest player moves with our transfer tracker.

There’s always plenty more great betting content on our Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

At least 7 runs have been scored in the last 9 games Pablo Lopez has started for the Marlins.

Boost of the Day

Yankees, Astros, Dodgers and Mets to each win 100+ games this season 

The break in the MLB season has given FanDuel Sportsbook a chance to look at some team season win totals, and they’ve boosted the odds of the Yankees, Astros, Dodgers and Mets all reaching 100 wins this year from +300 odds to +400.

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