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Wednesday MLB Betting Picks for August 23 - Ride the Line Ep. #47

Written by: Grant Mitchell
Published August 23, 2023
5 min read

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Wednesday MLB Betting Picks

Grant and Tanner are here to help you get over Hump Day with their favorite MLB betting picks, and that starts with Grant’s pick of the Seattle Mariners runline against the Chicago White Sox. The Mariners have covered in six straight games and in 19 of their last 26 and now seem like the cream of the crop in a crowded American League West division.

George Kirby will get the start for the red-hot Mariners, having made three starts this month and produced a 2.05 ERA across them. He’ll take on Michael Kopech, who has a 9.88 ERA during the same time and has given up 3+ earned runs in four straight starts. The Mariners have dominated this series and are third in scoring over the last month, and Grant expects another lopsided win.

Tanner’s first pick is the NRFI in the Minnesota Twins-Milwaukee Brewers matchup. Kenta Maeda has poor numbers for the season, but excluding his worst start (10 earned runs in three innings against the New York Yankees), he has a 2.99 ERA overall. He’ll tangle with Corbin Burnes, who has given up two or fewer earned runs in eight of his last nine offenses.

The Brewers have been seeing the ball better as of late but still do not have a dominant offense. The Twins deal most of their damage in the form of home runs, and Burnes has only given up 16 in 152 innings of action. 

Grant’s second pick is the Miami Marlins moneyline against the San Diego Padres. Sandy Alcantara had a terrible start to the year but is looking like the guy that won the NL Cy Young award last season, having put together a 2.77 ERA across his last 10 starts. He’ll battle the Padres’ Seth Lugo, who has a 3.92 ERA and has given up exactly two earned runs in four of his last six starts.

The Marlins won yesterday 3-0 in what was another concerning sign for the Padres’ offense. They are 16th in scoring over the last 30 days and the third-lowest-scoring team per game over the last two weeks, and Grant sees them struggling again against an improving Alcantara.

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Tanner’s second pick was the Los Angeles Dodgers runline against the Cleveland Guardians, and it was so great that Grant added it to his pool for the day. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers having produced a 1.80 ERA this month and a 1.09 his last healthy month before. He’ll take on Xzavion Curry, who has solid numbers but has a 4.50 ERA in his last three starts, which have coincided with a larger workload.

The Dodgers’ offense is among the best in the league while the Guardians consistently struggle to get runners across the plate. Their great bullpen has also fallen to 13th in combined ERA over the last 30 days, while the Dodgers’ has risen to second.

Grant’s final pick is the Philadelphia Phillies moneyline against the San Francisco Giants.
Michael Lorenzen gave up six earned runs in 3.1 innings in his last start but threw a complete-game no-hitter the month before and has mostly been in immaculate form lately. The Giants’ starter, Alex Wood, has strong numbers for the season but has a 7.59 ERA this month and gave up 3+ earned runs in four straight outings.

The Phillies are fifth in scoring over the last month, while the Giants are 29th. Philly also has a 2-0 lead in the series and has won by a combined score of 14-7, and Grant thinks they’ll make it three wins in three attempts Wednesday.

Tanner’s last pick is the over of nine runs when the Boston Red Sox meet the Houston Astros. He ripped into the Red Sox and accused them of not making enough moves at the deadline and giving up on themselves, and he ruled out their chances of making the playoffs.

The over has hit twice already in the series and has been in favor for both teams. Chris Sale and Jose Urquidy are expected to start, and Tanner believes they are both prime suspects for an over.

Check back on Friday for a new episode of Ride the Line with more betting picks from across the world of sports!

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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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