When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >

Best MLB Bets Today | MLB Picks, June 21

Written by: Bryan Zarpentine
Published June 21, 2023
12 min read

Atlanta Braves vs Philadelphia Phillies

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook

My Pick: Phillies ML

🔥 Claimed by 161 people this week!

Caesars

4.3/5

$1,000 First Bet on Caesars

21+ | T&Cs Apply. Gambling problem? Call or text 1-800-GAMBLER.

Heading into Tuesday’s series opener between the Braves and Phillies, both were among the hottest teams in baseball. After Atlanta’s 4-2 win, the Braves have won seven in a row and continue to build on their lead atop the NL East. However, they are slight underdogs on Wednesday against the Phillies, who had previously won six in a row. Despite Tuesday’s loss, the Phillies have won 13 of their last 16 and haven’t lost back-to-back games since June 1 and 2, so they are poised to get a win and even up the series.

Even if he’s not having his best season, the Phillies should feel good about having Aaron Nola on the mound in Wednesday’s game. Despite an unimpressive 4.66 ERA this year, Nola has a 1.10 WHIP and is racking up tons of strikeouts, so the stuff is still there. He’s also pitched at least six innings in all but one start this year, so he can be trusted to go deep in the game and provide a little protection for Philly’s subpar bullpen. Granted, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Austin Riley have gotten the better of him during his career. But Nola has solid numbers against the rest of Atlanta’s lineup, so he should be able to pitch around some of the more dangerous parts of Atlanta’s lineup.

Meanwhile, the Braves will be sending 20-year-old AJ Smith-Shawver to the mound for his third career start and fourth appearance overall. He’s looked good thus far with a 2.03 ERA, but his two previous starts came at home against the Nationals and Rockies. He’ll now be pitching in a hitter-friendly ballpark on the road against a lineup that has some serious hitters. Bryson Stott has actually been Philly’s hottest hitter over the last two weeks. But Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos, J.T. Realmuto, and others have also produced during the team’s recent upswing, putting the Phillies in a good position to do damage against the rookie and get back on track behind Nola.

Boston Red Sox vs Minnesota Twins

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook

My Pick: Twins ML

🔥 Claimed by 161 people this week!

Caesars

4.3/5

$1,000 First Bet on Caesars

21+ | T&Cs Apply. Gambling problem? Call or text 1-800-GAMBLER.

Even a six-game winning streak hasn’t been enough to carry the Red Sox out of last place in the AL East. However, they are surely on a hot streak and have taken care of business against the Twins during the first two games of this week’s series, outscoring Minnesota 19-7 over two games. However, a pitching matchup between Garrett Whitlock and Sonny Gray will favor the Twins and help them to snap a three-game losing streak.

Gray on the mound always gives the Twins a chance to win. Even if things haven’t played out that way recently, Minnesota was 5-1 in his starts in April. He also owns a 2.37 ERA on the season and has taken just one loss this year. He’s exactly who the Twins need to put a stop to Boston’s momentum. That won’t be easy with the Red Sox scoring at least six runs in six of their last seven games. But Gray might be one of the few pitchers in baseball who can cool down the Red Sox after their recent run.

As for Whitlock, he has a 4.38 ERA on the season, so the Red Sox are never sure what they’re getting from him. He’s looked good in his last two starts, but those games were against a watered-down Yankees team and the Rockies at home. In three of his seven starts this year, Whitlock has allowed at least four runs while failing to go beyond five innings in four of his seven starts. Even if the Twins aren’t in an offensive groove at the moment, they’re still averaging 4.4 runs per game over their last 10 games. They should be able to give Gray enough run support to eke out a win on Wednesday.

Texas Rangers vs Chicago White Sox

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook

My Pick: White Sox ML

🔥 Claimed by 161 people this week!

Caesars

4.3/5

$1,000 First Bet on Caesars

21+ | T&Cs Apply. Gambling problem? Call or text 1-800-GAMBLER.

Surprisingly, Wednesday’s game between the Rangers and White Sox is getting even odds. While the White Sox have had their problems this year, they’ve been solid at home. They also have a fighting chance with Michael Kopech on the mound. Meanwhile, the Rangers have cooled off lately despite holding a comfortable lead atop the AL West. Martin Perez doesn’t move the needle that much for them, giving the White Sox good value at home in Wednesday’s rubber match.

Perez might be 6-3 on the season, but his season has gone downhill since the end of April. In May, the lefty posted a 6.91 ERA and owns a 4.96 ERA during his three starts in June. He’s also taken the loss in his last two starts. Also, the hitters on Chicago’s roster are hitting a combined 22 for 52 (.423) in their careers against Perez. Somehow, everyone on the White Sox sees the ball well against Perez. With right-handed hitters like Andrew Vaughn, Jake Burger, and Luis Robert providing plenty of power in the middle of the lineup, Perez could have a hard time giving the Rangers a quality start.

On the other hand, the White Sox have been getting some good performances out of Kopech lately. He pitched to a 2.75 ERA in May and has stayed hot in June, owning a 1.65 ERA over his last three starts. The White Sox are also 5-4 in his starts since the beginning of May. The bottom line is that Kopech has allowed two runs in seven of his last nine starts, so he’s the perfect candidate to handle the Texas lineup and position the White Sox for a win on Wednesday. Keep in mind the Rangers are just 5-8 in their last 13 games, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them lose to the White Sox for the second straight day.

More of Our MLB Picks for Today

Check out our favorite MLB sportsbooks before placing your bets! 

21+ | T&Cs Apply. Gambling problem? Call or text 1-800-GAMBLER.
Claim Now
Image for Bryan Zarpentine

AUTHOR

Bryan Zarpentine

140 Articles

Bryan Zarpentine is a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University and has been working as a freelance writer and editor since 2010. During that time, he has contributed to countless sites while covering baseball, soccer, the NFL, college football, and college basketball.

More info on Bryan Zarpentine
We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork

© Rebel Penguin ApS 2024 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)

We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.

WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.