Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Wednesday, August 25

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Andrew Wilsher

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Editor of Pickswise. Born and raised in jolly old London, England, with an undying love for the NFL, NBA, soccer, and horse racing. A big-time sports bettor who loves futures markets and backing underdogs. Long-suffering New York Jets fan.

Good morning Pickswise Nation and welcome to Wise n’ Shine, your one-stop shop for everything you need to know to bet better today! We’ve got another stacked day of MLB action, so let’s get right into it!

About Last Night

Orioles’ woes continue
Will the Orioles ever win again? Last night’s defeat to the Angels made it 19 straight defeats for Baltimore, but it was celebration time for Pickswise bettors as that meant our MLB best bet cashed to take our record to 153-98. Don’t forget to read today’s MLB best bet. On the flip side, the Yankees beat the Braves to secure their 11th straight win — their longest streak since 1985. The Yankees are now +900 with BetMGM to win the World Series, having been +1600 before the streak started.

Today’s Slate

MLB action rolls on
We’ve got a 13-game MLB slate today highlighted by the Dodgers and Padres once again locking horns on ESPN. The Dodgers prevailed last night to keep pressure on the Giants in the race for the NL West. We’ve also got two afternoon games to look forward to, with the Tigers and Cardinals kicking things off at 1:10pm ET before the Royals and Astros face off at 2:10pm ET. Make sure you read our picks on the side and total for all of today’s matchups.

Best Bet of the Day

San Francisco Giants to beat New York Mets
7:10pm ET, MLB Network

To say the Mets have completely collapsed would be a gross understatement. Having once held a comfortable lead in the NL East, they are now 6.5 games behind the Braves and have lost 13 of their last 18. The Giants crushed them 8-0 last night, and Taijuan Walker is on the mound for New York tonight, who has lost his last 5 starts. That losing run looks set to extend to 6. Read our full game preview for this matchup.

Stat of the Day

The Royals rank 26th in team ERA this season, while the Astros are 5th. Today, Kansas City has Mike Minor on the mound, who has lost each of his last 4 starts. Check out our picks and predictions for this afternoon’s Royals/Astros matchup.

Must-read

Yesterday we focused on the AFC East, but now it’s time to shift gears to the NFC East with our full divisional preview, including a breakdown of each team and a +450 best bet! You can read more of our NFL betting content on the Analysis tab.

HeadLINE

Heartbreak for Etienne
Rookie running back Travis Etienne has seen his debut NFL season finish before it even started, with the first-round pick being placed on injured reserve to undergo foot surgery. He had been available at +2500 to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Meanwhile, Jets defensive end Vinny Curry was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list just days after Carl Lawson was ruled out for the season. Also, the Patriots traded running back Sony Michel to the Los Angeles Rams this morning, helping to fill the void left by the injury to Cam Akers.

Boost of the day

Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, or Brooks Koepka to win the BMW Championship
Boosted to +420 with FanDuel Sportsbook

Give yourself three top golfers to root for in the BMW Championship as FanDuel Sportsbook has boosted the odds for either Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, or Brooks Koepka to win this week’s PGA Tour event. The odds have been bumped up to +420 from +340.

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