MLB Top Two Best Bets Today: Rays and Red Sox Cover the Spread

Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions

Key Stat: Tampa Bay is battling for an Al Wild-Card spot

Tip Reasoning

  • The Rays are 3-2 in their last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1.5 games behind Toronto
  • Rays starter Jeffrey Springs is 8-4 this season

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We have an MLB Top Two Best Bets Today and the first game we will look at is the Texas Rangers visiting the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay comes into the game battling for an AL Wild-Card spot, just 1.5 games behind Toronto. Meanwhile, Texas has been out of the playoff picture for most of the season, so they will be seeing what young players they have for the future.

The starters today will be Glenn Otto for the Rangers and Jeffrey Springs for the Rays. Otto comes into the game with a 6-8 record and 4.71 ERA on the year. Springs for the Rays is 8-4 with a 2.41 ERA this season. Otto has been inconsistent most of the year for Texas, and we think he’ll have problems against this Tampa Bay lineup. Yandy Diaz and Randy Arozarena come into the game as the Rays top 1-2 punch and will give most pitchers problems in the American League. Diaz leads the team with a .293 batting, while Arozarena leads the Rays with 19 home runs and 79 RBIs.

The Rays are favored in this game, but when the spread goes to 1.5 runs for Tampa Bay, the odds move into plus territory. However, we think this is great value as Tampa Bay has been a much more consistent team this season and should win comfortably against the Rangers Sunday afternoon. We will take Tampa Bay and -1.5 runs against the Rangers.

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Tip Reasoning

Key Stat: Boston is hitting .257 on the season

  • The Red Sox are slugging .407 this year
  • Kansas City is only hitting .242 as a team
  • Rafael Devers leads Boston with 26 home runs

Our second MLB Best Bet Today features the Boston Red Sox hosting the Kansas City Royals. Both teams waved goodbye to the postseason a while ago, but overall the Red Sox are the more talented team. Boston has a more potent offense than Kansas City, being able to throw Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts at an opposing pitcher, and we think it’ll be too much for the Royals. Kansas City starter Kris Bubic has an awful 2-12 record and 5.55 ERA on the season, so almost any team in baseball can score a ton of runs against Bubic. We will take the Red Sox to win and cover the -1.5 run spread.

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Patrick Culhane
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