Here’s Sports Betting Resources best bets for the MLB card on July 24, 2018, including tips and picks for the Pirates at Indians and A’s at Rangers.
Pirates at Indians (-165)
Opening Line: -160, Cleveland
Opening Total: 9.5 (-110)
Joe Musgrove (3-4, 4.08 ERA) vs. Shane Bieber (5-1, 3.53)
The Indians are punishing right-handed starters as the betting favorite at Progressive Field, scoring an average 6.1 runs in 30 games. The Pirates Joe Musgrove, carrying a 4.08 ERA, enters having trouble with his control, tallying 10 walks through his last 23.2 frames. Expect Cleveland to capitalize on any mistakes. Including his prior service at the Astros, Musgrove ‘s team is 2-8 SU when catching points as a starter. He and the bullpen surrender 6.3 runs on 10.8 hits per game.
The Pirates are winners of 10 straight and stand to make this competitive. They clobbered Corey Kluber and company 7-0 in the series opener Monday night, increasing their scoring average to 6.4 runs per game in this span. Maybe it has something to do with interleague play. Pittsburgh is 16-4 in its last 20 road games against the AL Central.
Early adjustments see the total dropping from a 9.5 opener to 9 runs. We like 10-plus.
Bets Bet: OVER 9 (-110)
Athletics at Rangers (-105)
Opening Line: -110, Oakland
Opening Total: 11 (-115)
Frankie Montas (5-2, 3.35 ERA) vs. Mike Minor (6-6, 4.98 ERA)
The A’s average 6.6 runs per game in their last 11 facing a left-handed starter, including lighting up the scoreboard for 15 Monday night against the Rangers’ Cole Hamels. Mike Minor, who takes the pill for Texas in the second of a four-game series, owns the third-highest ERA (4.98) of all.
Oakland has crossed the plate four times or more in all but two in this situation. Including his time with the Braves, Minor’s teams are 4-15 SU when the southpaw and staff gift more than 4 runs in an outing dating back to June 2014. Fading the A’s right now is dangerous. The price is right.
Best Bet: Oakland ML (-105)