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In our first MLB best bet for Tuesday, we will take the Atlanta Braves to cover the runline against the Miami Marlins. Atlanta won the opener of this series on Monday night by a score of 11-0, behind a brilliant effort from NL Cy Young favorite Spencer Strider. Here, we like a similar result, even if the Braves do not beat the Marlins by double figures this time around.
A big reason for this bet is that the Marlins have been struggling at the plate over the last few days. They have scored a combined seven runs over their last three games, and have failed to reach the five-run mark in four of their last five. Against a Braves team that does have the capability of scoring runs in a hurry, Miami’s issues at the dish will prevent them from keeping in contention throughout this one.
Also working against the Marlins ahead of this game is their starting pitching situation, as Bryan Hoeing is set to make his season debut. Hoeing has appeared in eight Major League games in his career, all of which came last season. They did not go well for him, as Hoeing posted an ERA of 12.08 in 12.2 innings of work. While that is a small sample size, expecting him to turn things around against the Braves of all teams seems myopic.
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The Chicago Cubs lost three out of four games to the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. But that should not give bettors pause ahead of this contest against the San Diego Padres, as the Cubs should be able to bounce back on Tuesday night. We will take the Cubs as a slight moneyline favorite to get back into the win column against the Padres at Wrigley Field.
Even after dropping three out of four to the Dodgers, the Cubs still have the best run differential in the National League at +39. Their offense has been potent early in the season, as they are tied with the Dodgers for the most runs scored in the National League entering Tuesday’s action. Against a struggling starting pitcher in Blake Snell on the opposite side, the Cubs should be able to get the job done.
Snell is 0-3 so far this season, posting an ERA of 6.00 and giving up 21 hits in 18 innings of work. He should struggle to compete with Cubs starter Justin Steele, who is 3-0 early in the 2023 campaign, with a 1.44 ERA. Steele will be the superior starter in this matchup, which will allow the Cubs offense to shine from the start.
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Our final MLB best bet from this Tuesday’s slate comes from California, in an AL West matchup between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels. In this game, we like the Angels to cover the runline at plus money, against an A’s team that could certainly make the claim that they are the worst in Major League Baseball. While the Angels have been unspectacular when Shohei Ohtani is not on the mound, they should be able to beat the hapless Athletics handily here.
In their last five games, the A’s have given up at least 10 runs three times. Their pitching has been woeful this season, and Mason Miller is not likely to change that on Tuesday night. Miller has pitched just once this season, giving up two runs in what ended up being a 12-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He is opposed by Griffin Canning, who has given up two runs in each of his first two starts, albeit for a much more competent club.
Both of these teams have been among the worst in baseball on the runline this season, with both teams going 9-14 on the runline for the year. But the Angels should benefit from playing against a much worse team than usual here, as the A’s enter this game tied with the Kansas City Royals for the worst record in the league.
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