It’s the final day before Patriots training camp begins, which means we’re going to focus our betting efforts on baseball today. The Red Sox return to action after an off day on Monday and their AL East rivals are playing as well, so there’s no shortage of betting opportunities today.
Here are our editors’ top betting picks for Tuesday.
Best Boston Betting Picks: July 26
Tyler Maher: Braves-Red Sox UNDER
The Red Sox stayed hot on Tuesday, thumping the Braves 7-1 to extend their winning streak to three games. They’ll look to complete the two-game series sweep on Wednesday behind Brayan Bello (7-6, 3.60 ERA), who may be one of the few pitchers capable of quieting Atlanta’s dangerous lineup.
Bello is coming off one of his worst starts of the season after getting tuned up by the Oakland A’s, of all teams, but we can give him a pass for that one. After all, pitching in a mostly deserted ballpark against guys you’ve never heard of has to be a bit spooky, right?
He’ll need to bounce back with Spencer Strider (11-3, 3.78 ERA) on the hill for the Braves, though. Strider leads MLB in wins, strikeouts (189) and K/9 (14.6), so this will be a tough test for Boston’s lineup.
While I’d probably lean towards Atlanta winning this one, I like the Under as our best bet. It’s currently set at 10 runs, which seems a bit high given the quality starting pitchers on both sides. Runs could be at a premium in this game if Bello and Strider lock into a pitching duel.
Jason Schandl: Mets Moneyline vs Yankees
I promise I’m not just picking against the Yankees every day because I hate them. They honestly just keep getting overrated in the betting markets, even after getting dealt with every time they play someone who’s not the Kansas City Royals.
Something is clearly wrong with Carlos Rodon, and I have no idea how the Yankees are getting any love here, let alone being favorites.
Rodon has given up 12 earned runs across 14 2/3 innings in three starts since finally making his season debut, and he’s thrown almost as many walks (9) as strikeouts (11). This is coming from some serious control issues, as he’s hitting the zone on just 38.5% of his pitches (his previous career low was 41.5% back in his rookie season).
So sure, the Mets’ bats kind of suck this year (especially against left-handed pitching), but can you imagine backing Rodon right now, especially as a favorite?
Jose Quintana is having a really solid season with his 3.60 ERA maybe even underrating him a bit (his 3.38 xFIP is the third-best of his 12-year career).
Give me the Mets with some great plus-money value.
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