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MLB Wednesday Betting Picks, Shohei Ohtani Trade Talk, and More - Ride the Line Ep. #32

Written by: Grant Mitchell
Published July 19, 2023
5 min read

A new episode of Ride the Line with Grant Mitchell and Tanner Kern is now live on all WSN platforms!

MLB Wednesday Betting Picks

The focus of Wednesday’s show is MLB betting picks, and both Grant and Tanner have been crushing. Grant is over 56% with his selections, while Tanner is a whopping 20-10 (66.6%)!

Grant starts off today’s show with his pick of the Cleveland Guardians on the moneyline against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Aaron Civale is getting the start against 43-year-old Rich Hill, giving the Guardians a clear-cut advantage on the mound, and they have already won 11-0 and 10-1 in two games in the series thus far. The Guardians are also eighth in scoring over the last 30 days while the Pirates are struggling at the plate.

The Pirates have a real chance to make unfortunate history this season. Only two teams that started the year 20-8 have ever finished with sub-.500 records, and the Pirates, who also had a 20-8 start, are now 41-54 and have gone 21-46 since their hot first month of the season.

Tanner’s first pick is the Los Angeles Dodgers on the moneyline against the Baltimore Orioles. The Dodgers have already jumped out to a 2-0 series lead against the O’s, outscoring them 16-7 in the process, and are now winners of eight of their last nine outings.

Julio Urias is on the bump for the Dodgers against Dean Kremer in this one. Tanner recognizes the talent and ability the Orioles have but believes the Dodgers are rounding into form and are simply too hot right now.

Shohei Otani Trade Convos Heat Up

The inclusion of the Oriole in the betting pick led to an impromptu conversation about if Los Angeles Angels megastar Shohei Ohtani, the odds-on favorite to win the AL MVP, could end up being traded to the Orioles. Grant cited their possession of the best farm system in baseball and stockpile of young talent plus the fact they are just a game out of the AL East as potential motivators for a deal to get done. 

Tanner rebuked the idea and said that it’s not the way the Orioles conduct business and not what they have spent the last several years putting themselves in a position to do.

While Ohtani’s future is uncertain, it remains clear that the team that ends up acquiring his services will significantly vault in World Series odds.

More MLB Bets

Grant’s next pick of the show is the Colorado Rockies at +1.5 against the Houston Astros. The Rockies are much better at home than they are on the road, including 7-4 straight up at home with Austin Gomber, Wednesday’s starter, on the mound. They also beat the Astros 4-3 on Tuesday and have built some momentum.

Tanner’s second pick is the Detroit Tigers moneyline against the Kansas City Royals who the co-hosts agree is the worst team in baseball. The main motivation for this pick is that Eduardo Rodriguez, who was in AL Cy Young conversations until he missed time with an injury, will toe the rubber against Ryan Yarbrough, who has not had the best season.

Grant’s final pick is on the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Angels and the man of the hour, Ohtani. Carlos Rodon will get the start for the Yankees, and if there’s one thing he’s been good at in his career, it’s preventing home runs—that’s important because the Angels rely on their ability to hit balls out of the yard. It will be a bullpen day for the Angels, and their bullpen has been atrocious as of late, which is another reason to go with New York.

The last pick of the show comes courtesy of Tanner and is for the Boston Red Sox to cover -1.5 against the Oakland Athletics. The latter won yesterday’s encounter in a shutout, but the Sox have been playing excellent baseball lately, whereas the A’s are 1-8 straight-up and 4-5 against the spread in their last nine outings. Brayan Bello (7-5, 3.14 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) will get the nod against Ken Waldichuk (2-6, 6.66 ERA, 1.84 WHIP), which firmly puts the advantage in the Sox’s favor.

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Grant Mitchell

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Grant is a sports and sports betting journalist who prides himself on delivering breaking news and insightful analyses of the industry. Grant graduated from Virginia Tech in 2021 and is feverishly pursuing his ambitions in the sports betting field.

In his free time, Grant can be found passionately watching sports, doing a workout, or searching for adventure with his friends.

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