Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Thursday, July 28

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Caleb Wilfinger

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Deputy Editor for Pickswise. Lover of all US sports and Southampton FC.

Good morning, Pickswise Nation! Today’s sports slate gets started early, with afternoon action beginning at 12:35 pm ET. There are a couple of notable divisional matchups, including a showdown between the red-hot Seattle Mariners and AL West-leading Houston Astros. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

YRFI/NRFI best bets stay hot
The Pickswise MLB team had a fine day on Wednesday, especially in the ever popular YRFI/NRFI market. Our expert cashed both of his plays for a 2-0 day, bringing our run to 27-9 in our last 36 plays! We also cashed a same game parlay in last night’s Subway Series thriller at +597 odds.

Mets sweep Yankees in Subway Series
Across the diamond, the Cardinals got revenge on the Blue Jays with a 6-1 victory, while the Red Sox slipped to below .500 and last place in the AL East with an 7-6 loss to the Guardians. The Mets swept the Yankees with a 3-2 win in the Subway Series, while the Dodgers hammered the Nationals 7-1. The big upset came as the A’s beat the Astros to complete a 3-game sweep of Houston.

Today’s Slate

Quieter day of baseball
The Thursday MLB slate features only 10 games compared to Wednesday’s 14 contests. Action begins with the Marlins and Reds game at 12:35 pm ET, while the Rays take on the Orioles at the same time on ESPN+. Astros vs Mariners is at 8:10 pm ET before the Dodgers and Rockies go at it at 8:40 pm ET. You can read all our previews for today’s MLB games.

Best Bet of the Day

Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 over Pittsburgh Pirates
7:05 pm ET

Philadelphia is coming off a successful series against the Braves, and now the Phillies will have Zack Wheeler on the hill for this matchup. Wheeler has clearly been the ace for this group in 2022, posting an ERA of 2.78 and WHIP of 1.04. This game presents a great opportunity for the southpaw to keep his momentum, as he’s allowed just 7 runs in his last 26.0 IP. On the other side, the Pirates have not been an impressive lineup this season, as they have the 3rd-worst OPS in baseball. Pittsburgh was just swept by the Cubs, while scoring just 4 total runs in 2 games. Wheeler gives the Phillies a great opportunity to win this one comfortably. Read our full Phillies vs Pirates preview.

Must-watch

You won’t want to miss today’s edition of our daily sports betting show Let’s Bet It! at 10:00 am ET on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise.

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today, and they’ll be joined by Alex Glaze to preview the day’s action on the diamond. The team will also go over the latest NFL news and spotlight the ACC for a couple of potential Heisman Trophy candidates.

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

Must-read

With a smaller number of MLB games today, you’ll want to get straight on to reading our Thursday MLB mega parlay, as well as today’s YRFI/NRFI best bets as we look to improve our 27-9 run further.

Our own Diane Knox Balas has the best bets and insights for the Rocket Mortgage Classic and also the LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster, which starts on Friday.

Our preview of the 2022-23 NFL season is building up nicely now and in addition to our early picks for the Super BowlAFC and NFC, the latest additions include our picks for the best regular-season record and worst regular-season record. You can also check out our picks for which team will score the most points and which team will score the fewest points.

Our college football preview is also growing, with our Big 12 and SEC conference previews now available.

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

Stat of the day

The Cleveland Guardians have won 7 of Triston McKenzie’s last 8 starts. He gets the ball today against the Boston Red Sox.

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 for the latest game picks.

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