Welcome back MLBbro.com Fam! On the cusp of the Midsummer Classic, we’re hoping to get you primed for big time MLB superstars by supplying some big money picks. Before you book that hotel for Seattle, boot-up that betting app and punch in these three picks for even more vacation bucks!
1. Two teams who know a thing or two about all stars are the Atlanta Braves (-120) and Tampa Bay Rays (EVEN). Each team is sending multiple all stars to represent their squads, and this matchup should be the biggest series in The Show until we see the American League battle the National League next week.
With both offenses about even, the pitching matchup will be the key to victory. The Braves’ Charlie Morton (8 wins – 6 losses, 3.57 ERA) has the edge against the Rays’ Tyler Glasnow (2 wins – 2 losses, 4.5 ERA), and it should be just enough for the win going into the weekend.
Matchup of the year. In a close game, take the Braves ML (-120).
1. On the other side of the spectrum, we have the disappointing Philadelphia Phillies (-150) facing off with the surprising Miami Marlins (+130). The Phillies broke the bank this offseason, but are miles behind their outstanding 2022 season that saw them fall just short of a title. The Marlins gave us little to root for last year, but are suddenly surging to second in their division with the injection of energy provided by Jorge Soler (.252 BA, 22 HR, 49 RBIs).
The pitchers for either team are struggling when it comes to giving up runs this year. Zack Wheeler (7 wins – 7 losses, 4.03 ERA) of the Phillies is winning games at a solid rate, but is giving up runs left and right. The Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara (3 wins – 7 losses, 4.93 ERA) is in the same boat, but doesn’t have the wins to show for it.
Bookies are WAY OFF. Bro’s best bet, Phillies/Marlins OVER 7 total runs (-125).
3. The Cincinnati Reds (EVEN) are on fire. They suddenly have a Rookie of the Year candidate in Elly De La Cruz (.318 BA, 11 SB), welcomed back their wiley vet Joey Votto, and own a top 10 offense in the MLB. They’ll bring out their undefeated lefty Andrew Abott (4 wins – 0 losses, 1.21 ERA) to battle their division rival Milwaukee Brewers (-120).
Even with the Brewers’ ace taking the mound, Corbin Burnes (6 wins – 5 losses, 4.00 ERA) will need a ton of run support to keep up. With the Brew Crew in the bottom five in nearly all offensive statistical categories, that run support will be a no-show from the get-go!
Pass me a bowl of chili? Red ML (EVEN)