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MLB betting picks & best prop bets – Tuesday, August 9

MLB best bets

In Major League Baseball (MLB) on Tuesday, Gerrit Cole starts for the Yankees against Luis Castillo and the Mariners in Seattle, All-Star Alek Manoah goes for Toronto in Baltimore, and Shane Bieber takes the hill for Cleveland in Detroit. Here are the best bets on MLB games scheduled for August 9, starting at 4:10pm ET.

New York Yankees (-145) @ Seattle Mariners (+125)

Gerrit Cole is 9-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.04 WHIP but is coming off a stretch of three consecutive bad starts, in each of which he has allowed four or more runs over six innings pitched. Seattle has even hit him hard, going 27-for-95 with five doubles and seven dingers. That’s a .252 batting average and .794 OPS for the 21st run-scoring offense in MLB. J.P. Crawford is four-of-nine with a homer, Mitch Haniger is six-for-16 with three doubles and a dinger, and Eugenio Suarez is six-for-21 with a double and two dingers. Six Mariners have homers against Cole.

Newly acquired Luis Castillo is expected to make his second start for Seattle. His first was a 7-3 win over the Yankees in New York in which he pitched 6.2 innings and allowed three runs to earn the win. His opponent on the mound was Cole, who allowed six runs in six innings. Castillo also pitched the Reds to victory over the Yankees in New York on July 14, going seven innings and allowing just one run. In 108 at-bats, the Yankees have 22 hits with 10 extra-base hits for a .205 batting average and .624 OPS against. Matt Carpenter is seven-for-30 with two doubles and two dingers, so consider betting on him to have multiple total bases.

In the first five innings and on the moneyline, take the underdog Mariners.

Seattle Mariners to win


Toronto Blue Jays (-150) @ Baltimore Orioles (+130)

Alek Manoah is 12-5 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.99 WHIP this season. The Blue Jays have won four of his last five starts, and they have an 11-1 win over Baltimore from June 13 when Manoah was on the bump. The Orioles are just seven-for-50 with one double and three dingers against Manoah for a .116 batting average and .425 OPS against. Ryan Mountcastle is three-for-nine with two of those three homers. Consider betting on him to have multiple total bases on Tuesday.

Baltimore is expected to start Kyle Bradish, who is 1-4 with a 6.55 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 12 starts this season. The Blue Jays have roughed him to the tune of an .813 OPS and .375 batting average. They have seven hits in 17 at-bats but no extra-base hits (yet). Bradish has struggled mightily with righties, so bet on Vlad Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto right-handers to have a day. He is two-for-three against Bradish already, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is two-for-two.

Take Toronto in the first five innings, on the moneyline, and to win by two or more runs. Parlaying the Mariners and Blue Jays on the moneyline pays +275 with Bovada.

Toronto Blue Jays to win


Cleveland Guardians (-170) @ Detroit Tigers (+145)

Shane Bieber is scheduled to open in this game, and the Guardians have won nine of his last 12 starts. He has held the Tigers to a .207 batting average and .548 OPS over 161 at-bats. Jonathan Schoop has done most of the damage with eight hits in 27 at-bats, including two doubles and a dinger. Tucker Barnhart is also five-of-14 with a double for the worst run-scoring offense in baseball (354 runs scored).

Detroit is expected to open with Tyler Alexander, who has a 4.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 42.1 innings pitched. Cleveland has been the bane of his existence, however, going 14-of-45 with four homers and a double. That’s a .332 batting average and 1.072 OPS against. Andres Gimenez is three-for-three with two homers, so consider betting on him to have multiple total bases and maybe a home run on Tuesday.

Bet on Cleveland in the first five innings, on the moneyline, and against the spread. A moneyline trifecta featuring Cleveland, Toronto, and Seattle pays a cool +495.

Cleveland Guardians to win


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