Bets of the Day – July 29th

Kyle Stanzel highlights Thursday's best bets around baseball.

When will this losing streak ever end! The answer (hopefully) is today, as we have several interesting bets for you to take a look at today during the brief moments when you’re not scrolling through Twitter looking for trade rumors:


Reds @ Cubs Run Line


Luis Castillo is finally back to looking like the ace he has shown us he can be over the past few years. The 28-year old righty hasn’t allowed more than 3 ERs since May and has allowed 1 ER or fewer in each of his last 4 starts. He should be able to continue his run of dominance against a Cubs team that could be missing a few stars if they are traded before game time. On top of that, the Reds offense has been cooking as of late (league-leading .398 wOBA over the last week), having scored 5 runs or more in six consecutive games. All of this points to a big win for Cincinnati today, so take them -1.5

Pick: Reds -1.5 (+145 DK, +140 FD)


Athletics @ Angels Moneyline


The Oakland Athletics announced their intentions for the rest of the season in a big way by trading Jesus Luzardo for Starling Marte on Wednesday, prior to embarking on a four-game series with the Angels. Frankie Montas has pitched like an ace over the last month and he has 27 Ks over his last 18.2 IP. Dylan Bundy on the other hand was demoted to the bullpen and hasn’t started a game since June 28th. While the Angels have been on a roll since getting swept in a two-game series against Oakland last week, their current winning stretch has come against bottom-feeders Colorado and Minnesota. Oakland’s moneyline should not be much higher than -105 so take this line and run with it.

Pick: Athletics ML (-105 DK)


Rockies @ Padres Race to Five Runs


Don’t look now but Kyle Freeland has actually been pitching very well for the Colorado Rockies. The lefty hasn’t allowed more than 3 ERs since June 16th and most recently allowed just 1 ER in 7 innings against the Dodgers. That ends here. The Padres are in a battle with the Dodgers and Giants for 1st place in the NL West and they know they can’t afford to let these very winnable games slip away. San Diego bolstered their already deep lineup with the Major League hits leader in Adam Frazier and five runs should be easy work. With Joe Musgrove on the mound against a weak Rockies lineup that may not have superstar Trevor Story by game time, San Diego should easily get to five runs first, which is looking like the best odds for this game today.

Pick: Padres First to 5 Runs (+100 DK)


Kyle Stanzel Overall Record: 37-41-2

Net Money (Assuming all wagers are $100): +$162.46


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Kyle Stanzel

New Jersey-born and North Carolina-bound, Kyle is as die-hard a Pittsburgh Pirates fan as there is, attending the last ever game at Three Rivers Stadium and the first ever game at PNC Park. Follow him on Twitter @style_kanzel

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