Tuesday is a relatively quiet day on the sports calendar this week. The Stanley Cup Final wrapped up last night, while the NBA Finals won’t get underway until tomorrow night. In the meantime, sports bettors can tide themselves over with a full day of Major League Baseball playoff action. Political betting sites are also taking wagers on certain props with regard to tonight’s presidential debate, if you’re into that sort of thing.
With baseball eating up most of the day, BetOnline’s odds boosts are MLB-centric on Tuesday. Let’s dive right in and dig up a little betting value.
MLB: Tampa Bay Rays To Win AL Pennant (+375)
The Tampa Bay Rays finished as the No. 1 seed in the American League this season. The Rays’ 40-20 record was the best in the league, and they finished a whopping seven games ahead of the injury-plagued New York Yankees in the AL East.
However, BetOnline.ag still has the Yankees (+300) as the betting favorite to come out of the AL and win the pennant. New York’s roster has gotten healthy at the perfect time, so it’s understandable. The Rays don’t have nearly as much star power, and it’s one of those teams that surely garners very little attention from bettors over the course of the season.
Outside of the Yankees, the AL doesn’t have many other clear-cut contenders, though. The Astros finished below .500 this season. Houston is still capable of making a run, but BetOnline has the Astros at just +1200 to win the AL. The Blue Jays are just happy to be here, while the A’s are missing their best hitter, Matt Chapman. The Twins have never had playoff success, while the Indians and White Sox are essentially wild cards.
By the process of elimination, the Rays have an excellent shot at coming out of the AL. Tampa Bay has some legitimate aces in the rotation in Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, and Charlie Morton, followed by baseball’s most lethal bullpen.
MLB: Twins and White Sox BOTH To Win (+225)
The Twins will host the Astros in the first game of the day. Kenta Maeda will take the mound against Zack Greinke in a battle between ex-Dodgers. Maeda has been phenomenal this year, with a K-rate north of 32 percent alongside a low 4 percent walk rate.
Maeda has always been elite against right-handed hitters, so the fact that he’ll have the platoon advantage against the likes of Alex Bregman, George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Carlos Correa is obviously meaningful. The ‘Stros still have a couple of potent lefties that could give him some trouble, but the Twins are -167 moneyline favorites.
Greinke has been more hit-or-miss this season. His pitch-to-contact style lends itself to the occasional blow-up outing, and we know the Twins have enough power to make his day a short one. Minnesota’s projected lineup has a team ISO over .230 against right-handed pitching dating back to last season.
The White Sox, meanwhile, will be in Oakland to take on the A’s. Lucas Giolito will toe the rubber for Chicago against Oakland’s young lefty, Jesus Luzardo.
The White Sox are actually -119 favorites in this game on the road, thanks in large part to Giolito. He threw a no-hitter earlier this season, and he has been one of baseball’s most dominant starters since the beginning of last year. The A’s lineup doesn’t look quite as threatening without Chapman in it, either.
Luzardo is a decorated prospect, but he isn’t necessarily a proven commodity at this level quite yet. The White Sox’ lineup is also laden with right-handed home run hitters, which makes them a daunting foe for any southpaw. The Sox are one of just two road favorites on Tuesday’s four-game slate.
MLB: Yankees and Rays BOTH To Win Their Series (+200)
The Rays will be at home facing a young Toronto Blue Jays squad. The Jays will likely be a problem in the AL East for years to come, but they may need more time in the oven before they’re ready to make a serious run. Toronto’s 32-28 record was respectable, but it remains to be seen how all of these inexperienced hitters fare under the bright lights of the postseason.
Aside from Hyun-jin Ryu, Toronto’s starting rotation is also lacking. Matt Shoemaker, who has pitched one game in the last month, will pitch Game 1. The Rays are sizable -220 favorites to win this series. Frankly, I don’t see how they lose it.
The Yankees have a tougher draw on the road in Cleveland. New York will have to deal with Shane Bieber, this season’s surefire AL Cy Young winner, in Tuesday’s Game 1. After that, the Tribe will throw Carlos Carrasco and Zach Plesac (if necessary). The Yanks, meanwhile, have Masahiro Tanaka set for Game 2, and they have yet to announce a Game 3 starter.
The Yankees and Indians are both checking in at -110 to win this series. New York will attract most of the betting attention as baseball’s marquee franchise, but the Tribe has been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the past couple of weeks. Cleveland has won nine of 11 entering the postseason.
What’s The Best Bet?
The Rays to win the pennant at +375 is awfully interesting, especially with the Yankees facing such a tough test in the best-of-three first-round series. If New York goes down, Tampa’s odds will get a lot shorter.
The Indians have the advantage when it comes to starting pitching in this series, but it isn’t really a contest between the two offenses. The Yankees still have an excellent bullpen behind their starters, and you have to believe with so many All-Star-caliber hitters in the lineup that they’ll be able to do enough damage over the course of the series. Anything can happen in this format, but I’d still be inclined to pick the Yankees to get past the Indians.
As a result, Rays and Yankees BOTH to win their first-round series at +200 looks like a stellar option.
If that comes to pass, I’m not super confident in Tampa Bay’s chances of winning the pennant. As a result, I’ll pass on the Rays winning the AL at +375.
I think the White Sox get past the A’s in Game 1 of their series, but this Astros-Twins showdown is giving me pause. The Astros may not have Justin Verlander or Gerrit Cole anymore, but this is still a stacked lineup. Greinke is a pitcher that rarely gets demolished, and this team has appeared in two of the last three World Series. Let’s all remember how awesome the Twins were last season before failing miserably in the ALDS against the Yankees.
Avoid Twins and White Sox BOTH to win at +225. Take the comparable value you’ll find in Yankees and Rays both winning their respective series at +200 odds.
Taylor Smith has been a staff writer with GamblingSites.org since early 2017. Taylor is primarily a sports writer, though he will occasionally dabble in other things like politics and entertainment betting. His primary specialties are writing about the NBA, Major League Baseball, NFL and domestic and international soccer. Fringe sports like golf and horse racing aren’t exactly his cup of tea, bu ...
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