The Blue Jays will get back on track vs. Orioles, plus other best bets for Tuesday

Good afternoon players, it’s Chris Bengel back in the hall with you. Can you feel it? That’s the feeling of this weekend which has been the last one where we don’t have football until February.

But we’re not there yet! Let’s not waste any more time and dive right into some baseball picks.

All times Eastern, and all odds via Caesars Sportsbook


🔥 The Hot Ticket

Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. | TV: MLB.TV

Latest odds:

Toronto Blue Jays -165

  • Key trend: The Blue Jays are 6-1 in their last seven games with a loss.
  • The Pick: Blue Jays (-160)

Despite the third-most wins in the American League, the Blue Jays have been up-and-down lately. They have dropped four of their last five games, including a 7-4 decision to the Orioles on Monday. However, Tuesday is a perfect spot for Toronto to bounce back.

While the Blue Jays’ pitching staff hasn’t exactly been reliable throughout the season, Alek Manoah has definitely been a consistent force on the mound. Over his last 10 starts, he has posted a 2.20 ERA and yielded two runs or less in seven of those outings. Back on June 13, Manoah dominated the Orioles as he allowed just one hit while striking out seven over six innings in a convincing 11-1 win.

On top of that, the Blue Jays offense is still among the best. Toronto leads the majors in batting average (.265), ranks second in hits (989) and fourth in runs (524). If that wasn’t enough motivation to side with the Blue Jays, their lineup will face Orioles right-hander Kyle Bradish, who owns a 6.55 ERA in 12 starts this season. Toronto’s offense will be electric and you will be in safe hands.


💰 The choices

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Braves at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. | Television: TBS

Latest odds:

Above 9.5

Pick: Over 9.5 runs (-115): Braves and Red Sox splash. Atlanta is coming off a four-of-five loss against the Mets, while the Red Sox have also lost four of their last five games, including three of four to the lowly Royals.

Considering both teams are looking to get out of their respective funks, I’m going with this one. Over is 4-0-1 in the Braves’ last five games and over is 6-1-1 in the Red Sox’s last eight games following a day off.

Look, the Braves have one of the more dangerous lineups in the majors — recent games notwithstanding. Atlanta has hit 167 home runs on the season, which is the second-best mark in the league. If the Braves can hit with runners in scoring position, I have no doubt they can put a ton of runs on the board. Meanwhile, the Red Sox aren’t a team that lives off the long ball, but they still have the sixth-highest batting average (.253) in the majors.

I think the Braves will be able to do most of the scoring in this one, but the Red Sox should be able to help us by scraping some runs across home plate.

Key trend: Over is 4-0-1 in Braves’ last five games.

Guardians at Tigers, 7:10 p.m. | TV: MLB.TV
The Pick: Shane Bieber over 7.0 stretches (-115) —
The Guardians have certainly been good against us throughout the season. Since Cleveland has an advantage in the pitching battle, the price is a bit steep to take the Guardians’ money line at this spot. That’s why I attack starting pitcher Shane Bieber’s strikeout plug.

The strikeout numbers for Bieber have been extremely strong of late, with at least eight strikeouts in two of his last three starts. Bieber has also given up just two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts, so he should have the opportunity to go deep in this game. On top of that, the Tigers offense has recorded the 12th most strikeouts in the majors while ranking 28th in batting average (.226). Simply put, Bieber should be able to dominate the lowly Tigers lineup based on the fact that he is among the upper echelon of strikeout pitchers in baseball.

Key trend: Bieber has recorded at least eight strikeouts in two of his last three starts.

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