Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Tuesday, September 21

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Good morning Pickswise Nation and welcome to Wise n’ Shine, your one-stop shop for everything you need to know to bet better today!

With the conclusion of Monday Night Football, we have to wait a few days before more pigskin gets tossed around. Although there is a relative calm before another storm, there are always betting opportunities in the world of sports. On Tuesday it mostly belongs to baseball. Let’s dive in and take a look at what’s in store!

About Last Night

Clean sweep of Packers -11 and over 48
It’s safe to say that the Pickswise NFL team wrapped up Week 2 in style. John Hyslop was all over the Green Bay Packers against the spread (-11) and the over (48). Neither play was much of a sweat, as Green Bay dominated the entire second half to defeat the Detroit Lions 35-17. The Packers are -225 to win the NFC North, +700 to win the NFC, and +1400 to win the Super Bowl. Rodgers is +1600 to win MVP. Pickswise analyst Andrew Ortenberg recapped what went down on Monday Night Football.

Productive day in playoff race for Braves, Yankees
For the second day in a row, the Atlanta Braves picked up a game on the Philadelphia Phillies and now lead the NL East by 3. Atlanta rolled over the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-4 on Monday, while Philadelphia fell to the Baltimore Orioles 2-0. The New York Yankees scraped past the Texas Rangers 4-3. Combined with the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees are just a half-game back of the American League’s second wild-card spot. Atlanta is -475 to win its division; the Bronx Bombers are +110 to make the playoffs.

Today’s Slate

NL West battle headlines 15-game MLB slate
Tuesday marks exactly 2 weeks until the AL and NL wild-card games. Yes, the playoffs are that close to getting started. As we come down the stretch of the regular season, the San Francisco Giants are hoping to avoid the NL wild-card game, while the San Diego Padres hope to get in it. A SF-SD NL West showdown headlines Tuesday’s full 15-game schedule in Major League Baseball. Check out our picks for all of today’s MLB action.

Best Bet of the Day

Cleveland Indians ML over Kansas City Royals
6:10 pm ET, BSOH

The Indians are a young team with lots of talent, both in the lineup and on the mound. Some of the latter will be on display on Tuesday night. Cal Quantrill came over from the Padres in the Mike Clevinger deal last August, a trade that’s looking better and better for Cleveland by the day. In 137.0 innings this year he has pitched to a 2.89 ERA. For the Royals, Daniel Lynch (5.34 ERA) is allowing opposing batters to hit .292 against him through 13 starts.


Don’t forget to look out for the latest episode of our great daily betting show Let’s Bet It later today as the panel breaks down all of the day’s best bets. Check out the show on our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise.


It’s never too early to forecast the next week on the gridiron. In fact, that time is now. We have already taken a look at the updated college football futures odds and the early lines for NFL Week 3 and college football Week 4.

Stat of the Day

Since the All-Star break, Yankees right-hander Jordan Montgomery is sporting a 2.65 ERA in 51.0 innings. Montgomery will oppose Texas Rangers righty Dane Dunning, who is 0-6 with a 6.65 ERA and 1.73 WHIP on the road this season. Texas has lost 10 of Dunning’s 11 road starts. Be sure to read our Rangers-Yankees full game preview.

Boost of the day

Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics both to win
Boosted to +280 with FanDuel Sportsbook

This 2-team MLB money line parlay has been boosted from +220 at FanDuel Sportsbook. Both Tampa Bay and Oakland are playing at home — against Toronto and Seattle, respectively.

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