We managed to churn out a small profit through the first weekend of the MLB betting season over at BetRivers Sportsbook with my Best Bets going 3-2 which brought back just over a half-unit of profit. A loaded slate is set to go down on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for the afternoon between the D’backs and Padres. Let’s see if we can continue adding to the bottom line with Tuesday’s installment of MLB Best Bets with a trio of road teams on the docket – SLAM YOUR MAN!!
YTD: 3-2 ($61)
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Minnesota Twins vs. Miami Marlins
Really digging the way the Twinkies kicked off their 2023 campaign by going into Kansas City and busting out the brooms upon their division rivals. While the bats lied dormant through the first two games, Carlos Correa and Co. busted out the sticks in the finale in a big way to help me cash an over ticket on Sunday. Tuesday night’s assignment will be much tougher with Sandy Alcantara set to take the bump for the Fish, but Minnesota’s batting lineup should be more than up for the challenge. Even if they’re not, we’ll be banking on the Twins excelled pitching staff shouldering the load to help lead us to the ticket cash. The Marlins scored an average of 3.6 runs per game a season ago (No. 28), and the offense’s inability to push runs across the plate has once again reared its ugly head early on with it managing eight total runs in a four-game series with the Mets. Miami has already logged 41 outs via the strikeout (No. 30), so this free-swinging offense is going to have its hands full contending with Kenta Maeda and what looks to be one of the better bullpens in the game. Lay the short price with the visitors!
BET THE TWINS
Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers
The Rangers enter the first full week of the baseball betting season atop the AL West standings after sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend. They did so by busting out the big sticks against Aaron Nola and Zach Wheeler in the first two games and then took the finale on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball behind a sterling effort from Martin Perez and the bullpen. While Philly’s offense is still stuck in Grapefruit League play, the same can’t be said of the Orioles who erupted for 23 total runs in their first series against the Red Sox. Unfortunately, the pitching staff allowed Boston to take two of the three matchups. While I’m hardly over the moon about Tyler Wells, I simply want nothing to do with Andrew Heaney in this matchup with the O’s ripping the cover off the ball against LHP to the tune of a .455 average, .909 slugging percentage, and 1.429 OPS (No. 1). Baltimore went 28-23 versus south paws last season and pummeled Heaney the two times he threw at them as a member of the Yankees back in 2021. We’ll bypass the O’s struggling bullpen and bank on the offense flexing early with a F5 wager on the visitors.
BET THE ORIOLES FIRST 5 INNINGS
Cleveland Guardians vs. Oakland A’s
Going into Seattle and taking three of four to kick off the year is noteworthy. The Guardians are the current running favorites to win the AL Central at BetRivers (+135), and they looked every bit a World Series (+2800) contender by handling themselves with class and confidence in hostile territory to log the series win over the M’s. Oakland isn’t expected to win many games this season or compete for division honors. Though it managed to take a game from the Angels over the weekend, it scored a grand total of three runs in just as many games. Is that good? Shane Bieber was nothing special in his season debut tossing six innings of shutout ball with six hits allowed and 3 K. The righty should have a grand time of it running up against the A’s generic offense – another quality start should be a given! Backed by one of the league’s elite bullpens, I’m comfortable turning this into a -1 run wager by betting both the Cleveland moneyline and -1.5 run-line to get a little more bang for the buck.
BET THE GUARDIANS