Monday Best Bets results
Monday was a strange lazy, hazy day in Las Vegas as it was smoggy due to the York wildfire in California and felt surprisingly cool as the high temperature only reached 102 after an average record-high of 112 the last two weeks of July.
Underdogs were even hotter on the relatively short 10-game MLB schedule as they went 7-3 on the day.
That helped yours truly, Dave Tuley, go 2-0 with our Best Bets on the Reds First 5 Innings +105 at the Cubs and the Orioles First 5 Innings +130 at the Blue Jays.
The Orioles game was actually played first as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning and led 4-1 after 5 to win our wager (they also led 4-0 after 3 innings and won the game 4-2 for those readers betting our plays those ways).
The Reds also drew first blood with three runs in the top of the 2nd inning and held on to lead 6-4 after 5 to win our Best Bet of the day (they also led 6-4 after 3 innings and won the game 6-5 for those betting those ways).
For the record, our officially posted plays on the First 5 wagers swept 2-0 for a net profit of $235 based on $100 flat bets, according to the VSiN Pro Picks page
(more if you parlayed as I’ve been suggesting lately as we’ve had a long run of either sweeping or going 0-fer). At least we cut our losses to close out the month as we finished a dismal 23-35-5 for a net loss of $839.76 in July.
Let’s try to have back-to-back winning days with two more F5 plays on Tuesday’s full 15-game card as we start a new month and get ready for my birthday on Wednesday.
Tuesday MLB Best Bets
Angels First 5 Innings +0.5 runs +140 and F5 +200 at Braves: The Braves are in a “mini-anti-swagger” spot after having their 3-game winning streak snapped by the Angels in a confidence-building 4-1 win on Monday. Partly due to their new lineup that added Randy Grichuk and C.J. Cron from the Rockies, the Angels hit three solo homers (including one from Grichuk) to give some support to Shohei Ohtani, who went 2-for-3. We do have to face Spencer Strider (11-3, 3.73 ERA), which is touch, but Patrick Sandoval (6-7, 4.13 ERA) has an ERA that’s less than half a run worse than Strider (even less of a difference in a First 5 situation), so we’re counting on him to keep it close. We really like the First 5 runline at +0.5 +140 in case it’s tied through the first half of the game, but also recommend going for gusto with the F5 +200.
Cardinals First 5 Innings -105 vs. Twins: I’m still not seeing a starting pitcher listed for St. Louis overnight, but some books have the Cards as short dogs similar to when I gave out the White Sox F5 -105 last Friday since they were in a “swagger” spot and they ended up going off F5 +120 and won 3-0. The Cardinals are in just a “mini-swagger” spot after snapping a 3-game losing streak on Sunday vs. the Cubs, but I’ll still take them at home vs. the Twins’ Paco Lopez (5-6, 4.13 ERA).