2023 MLB Playoffs: Best bets, picks for Tuesday with Bo Bichette,


2023 MLB Playoffs: Best bets, picks for Tuesday with Bo Bichette,

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The 2023 MLB postseason kicks off with a bang as we gear up for four thrilling Wild Card Series matchups. In these best-of-three showdowns, securing Game 1 is paramount, especially considering last season’s dominance with three series ending in sweeps. Alongside our extensive postseason coverage, expect daily gambling insights throughout this exciting stretch.

Let’s build on the momentum of our previous successful runs (thanks to Bryce Harper!) last postseason. Find detailed game plays on SportsLine.

Rangers (+130) at Rays (-155), 3:08 p.m. ET Starting pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery (10-11, 3.20) vs. RHP Tyler Glasnow (10-7, 3.53)

The Rays boast an impressive 53-28 record at home this season, while the Rangers maintained a respectable 40-41 on the road. Speaking of home/road splits…

The Play: Yandy Díaz o1.5 H+R+RBI (-155)

Díaz, the AL batting title holder, showcased a phenomenal .363 batting average at home. His prowess against lefties, with a .432 on-base percentage and .669 slugging, is not to be underestimated. With a probable leadoff spot, if he gets on base — as anticipated — the odds are in favor of him contributing at least one run. While the odds are in favor, this play is well worth the investment. Yandy is poised to lead the Rays in this matchup.

Blue Jays (-105) at Twins (-115), 4:38 p.m. ET Starting pitchers: Kevin Gausman (12-9, 3.16) vs. Pablo López (11-8, 3.66)

Much of the spotlight in this game will be on the Twins’ 18-game playoff losing streak, stretching back to 2004. Expect to see numerous graphics emphasizing this on the broadcast.

The Play: Bo Bichette over 1.5 H+R+RBI (-135)

Bichette is a hitting maestro, leading the AL in hits in both 2021 and 2022. Even in a shortened season, he amassed an impressive 175 hits, placing him fourth in the league. His road performance, with a .325 average, makes him a formidable force. He’s positioned in a prime spot in the order for runs and/or RBIs. Additionally, in an earlier matchup against López, Bichette went 2 for 3 with a triple and a home run in Minnesota.

Diamondbacks (+150) at Brewers (-178), 7:08 p.m. ET Starting pitchers: Brandon Pfaadt (3-9, 5.72) vs. Corbin Burnes (10-8, 3.39)

A clash between a rookie and the 2021 Cy Young awardee. Despite losing Brandon Woodruff to a shoulder injury, the Brewers rely on Burnes to set the tone for this series.

The Play: Corbin Carroll o.0.5 R (+120)

Burnes demonstrated a 4.28 ERA at home versus 2.77 on the road this season. On June 19, the D-backs rattled him with seven runs in five innings. Carroll got on base twice and scored both times in that game. With 116 runs in 155 games this season, he’s poised to cross home plate, unless completely thwarted in this matchup.

A sprinkle (a quarter of your usual bet, if not less): Carroll over 0.5 stolen bases (+185)

Only four teams allowed a higher percentage of successful stolen bases than the Brewers this season, who permitted 121 steals while catching only 23 would-be thieves. With Burnes struggling to hold runners, if Carroll reaches base, expect success in stealing and running.

Marlins (+135) at Phillies (-160), 8:08 p.m. ET Starting pitchers: Jesús Luzardo (10-9, 3.63) vs. Zack Wheeler (13-6, 3.61)

The Phillies boast an impressive 49-32 record at home this season and are built for postseason success. Although the Marlins took the season series by a narrow margin of seven games to six, their exceptional performance in one-run games is worth noting (33-13).

The Plays: Phillies over 3.5 runs (-140) and Trea Turner over 1.5 H+R+RBI (-130)

Despite Luzardo’s success against the Phillies this season, the Phillies’ offense is poised to break through. Luzardo’s away performance (4.48 ERA) compared to his home performance favors the Phillies. The 3.5 total is low, given the Phillies’ average of 5.16 runs per game at home.

Turner’s recent form, with a .339 batting average and .677 slugging percentage, speaks volumes. Averaging 3.13 H+R+RBI over almost two months, he’s positioned to make an impact in this game. Expect him in the two-hole for a strong offensive showing.



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