Yesterday was a mix of emotions. The Wicked Wagers didn’t hit with the Yanks and Mets both being upset. However, the Dodgers put a beat down on the new and improved San Diego Padres, who just added Juan Soto and Josh Bell.
There are 15 games today with a couple of double-headers. You’ll be able to catch some Major League Baseball action and place some bets, including our recommended Wicked Wagers. I’m going to double down and bet on the same exact teams as yesterday. The two upsets won’t happen again, and we get out of today with our tickets cashed.
Per usual, we’ll roll with my beloved Dodgers. They’ll make a statement when they win tonight’s game and the second in a row against the Pads.
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1:10PM EST Atlanta Braves (+130) @ New York Mets (-120)
Starting Pitchers: Jake Odorizzi (ATL) vs David Peterson (NYM)
Let’s remember the rule, we always bet on the first game of their double-header. Atlanta put up four runs in each of the first innings in the game yesterday. No one expected Taijuan Walker would have his worst outing of the season. Eddie Rosario had a great game with 4 RBI, even though he’s been struggling this year. The early deficit proved too much for the Mets to overcome. This was just a bad game for New York. The runs given up by Walker took the life out of the Mets and they were never able to get it back. They’ll clean up their act and prove why they’ll win the NL East in 2022.
Odorizzi was just acquired by the Braves at the deadline and today he makes his first start for the team. He’s had a respectable 3.52 earned run average in his last 7 games. Expect the Mets offense to tag him up a bit because of the nerves. David Peterson hasn’t been good at all lately, even though his ERA on the season is at 3.54. In his last 5 starts, he’s given up 13 runs and it’s possible this is a high scoring game from the beginning.
Wicked Wagers – Mets ML (-120) / Total Runs o9.0 (-120)
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7:15PM EST New York Yankees (-115) @ St. Louis Cardinals (-105)
Starting Pitchers: Domingo Herman (NYY) vs Jordan Montgomery (STL)
When the Yankees lose, 9 out of 10 times it’s because of their bullpen. They led the game by 1 run going into the 8th inning, and in the end, they lost by 1. This is a huge hole in the Yank’s game. Their relief pitching is shaky at best because of injuries, and the front office didn’t make moves at the deadline. Someone will have to step up at some point. Pitching is exposed in the playoffs, and I doubt the Yankees could win a World Series with their current bullpen. I’m betting on tonight’s game to not come down to the wire, and the Yankees won’t have to rely on their relief pitchers.
This is just a little awkward for starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery. Last week he was pitching for the Yankees, and today he’ll be starting against them. Will this affect his outing? He’s been good so far but he’s seldomly gone up against an offense like the Bronx Bombers. Aaron Judge is playing out of his mind, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he went yard. Domingo Herman hasn’t looked good since his return from the IL, so each starting pitcher will give up 4 runs.
Wicked Wager – Yankees ML (-115) / Total Runs o8.0 (-115)
9:10PM EST Los Angeles Dodgers (-160) @ San Diego Padres (+135)
Starting Pitchers: Andrew Heaney (LAD) vs Mike Clevinger (SD)
Last night’s game was a treat to watch. The Dodgers poured on 8 runs over the first 3 innings and cruised to an 8-1 victory. Most expected Juan Soto to add some fireworks to the affair, but he and the Padres disappointed. They acquired Soto and Josh Bell to compete with the Dodgers, but they played like they were in different leagues. The best way to describe the Padre’s play would be ‘sloppy’.
Will San Diego clean their game up? Yes. But will it be enough for them to come out on top in tonight’s game? No.
Since coming back from the IL, Heaney has been exceptional for the Dodgers, but it’s been a small sample size. In each of his first two games back, he’s only given up 1 run, but also only pitched 4 innings. Hopefully his leash is a little bit longer and he can throw at least 5-6 innings. The Padres bats were quiet on Friday, so they’ll come out hot and put up at least 2 against Heaney. In the beginning, it should be a close game. Clevinger has been excellent in his last 7 games. His record doesn’t show it, but he’s had a 2.83 ERA in that time.
It’ll be a close game, but I’m still betting on the Dodgers to keep their younger divisional brothers in check.
Wicked Wager – Dodgers ML (-160)
How to Bet Baseball
Unlike other popular sports, most wagers placed on MLB games do not involve a point spread. Instead, bettors typically wager on the moneyline, looking to predict the winner of the game straight-up.
The less-popular cousin of the moneyline bet in baseball is the runline wager. The betting favorite will be assigned a -1.5-run handicap, but oddsmakers will offer an appropriate amount of “juice” to make laying the 1.5 runs with the favorite more appealing.
Totals wagers in baseball work very much like totals wagers in other sports. Oddsmakers will assign an Over/Under figure to every game, leaving bettors to determine whether the game in question will be a home run derby or a pitcher’s duel. Totals of 8.5 runs are typical of MLB games, though totals as low as seven runs and as high as 10 runs will pop up throughout the season.