Best Bets Around the League 8/16

James Schiano highlights Sunday's best bets

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Nationals vs Orioles -1.5


The Orioles are a revelation. The 12 and 8 Orioles are 6th in the league in runs scored and have won 7 out of 8 games, but Mad Max Scherezer is on the hill today against them and the Run-Line is generous to the Nats. Scherzer was dealing with a hamstring injury last week and left his start (two turns ago) vs the Mets, but returned healthy last time for 6 strong innings. To a certain degree, the O’s are still the O’s and Max should slice them up and Fade the Noise’s Score Projector has the Nats winning by more than 1.5 runs. Attack this line and bet on the best player on the field.

Pick: Nationals -1.5 (-108 FD, -108 DK)


Tigers vs Indians 


The Tigers have hit the skids after their lightening fast start, dropping four games in a row vs the Chi Sox and Indians, but I find myself liking them today. This is going to be mostly a bullpen game for both teams (Michael Fulmer vs Adam Plutko) and if I had to pick one of these offenses, I would (cannot believe I’m saying this) ride with the Tigers. They have the highest average exit velocity in the major leagues and the Indians seem to be reeling after two of their marquee players outwardly defied the team’s, league’s, and country’s COVID-19 regulations creating this very opportunity for Plutko. Bank on the Tigers and appreciate the beautiful odds being offered.

Pick: Tigers (+123 DK, +124 FD)


Red Sox Yankess O/U 1.5 First Inning


The infamous Yankees-Red Sox Sunday Night Baseball games are well documented. Four hour affairs filled with runs, pitching changes, and lots of excitement. Included, are hopefully some first inning runs. The Red Sox are slugging .538 at Yankee Stadium in the fist inning over the last two seasons and the illustrious J.A. Happ is on the hill this evening. Happ will be opposed by Chris Mazza (less illustrious) and I have a sneaking suspicion that runs will be scored early and often. This play is not for those of the faint of heart, but there’s tremendous value piggy-packed on something fun to watch.

Pick: Over 1.5 Runs First Inning


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James Schiano

Graduate of The Ohio State University and New York City dweller, I am a die-hard Mets fan who can generally be found screaming at the TV or making wise-cracks to anyone who'll hear them. Follow me on Twitter @JeterHadNoRange

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