Robbie Ray over on strikeouts and Dodgers as underdogs: Best bets for Aug. 16

Seattle Mariners starter Robbie Ray delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Seattle. The Angels won 4-3 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
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Seattle Mariners starter Robbie Ray delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Seattle. The Angels won 4-3 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Each day, one of our experts will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.

A reminder for those who haven’t signed up yet: Caesars is offering a deal in which one can get a risk-free bet up to $1,500. In other words, if you were to lose your first bet after you sign up, you will receive a credit for one bet equal to the amount of your bet up to $1,500.

Best bets for Tuesday, August 16:

TOP PLAY

The play: MLB prop: Mariners pitcher Robbie Ray over 7.5 strikeouts at Angels

The odds/bet: -130 ($39 to win $30)

The book: FanDuel, BetMGM

Time/TV: 9:38 p.m. (MLB.TV or MLB Extra Innings)

Our take: Robbie Ray hasn’t been quite as dominant as he was in last season’s Cy Young campaign, but he’s still among the top strikeout artists.

Ray gets a dream matchup tonight against an Angels team that’s more prone to striking out than anyone, as they lead MLB with a season-high 1,114 strikeouts and are the only team with over 1,000 on the season.

Ray struck out 10 Angels in each of his two starts against them earlier in the season and should be able to rack up plenty more K’s tonight to go over the total of 7.5.

MLB UNDER

The play: MLB: Dodgers (money line) over Brewers

The odds/bet: +110 ($10 to win $11)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: 8:10 p.m. (MLB.TV or MLB Extra Innings)

Our take: It’s rare that the Dodgers find themselves as underdogs, but that’s the case tonight for them against the Brewers since the starting pitching matchup appears to be in the Brewers favor.

Brandon Woodruff will be taking the mound for the Brewers and is among the top pitchers in the NL, but we still like the Dodgers since their lineup has been on fire as evidenced by the fact that they lead MLB in runs scored.

They’ll need a decent outing from fill-in starting pitcher Ryan Pepiot, but he’s held his own in the rotation and should be able to contain the Brewers lineup enough for the Dodgers to prevail.

HOW WE’VE FARED

Monday’s best bets

  • MLB: Angels (money line) over Mariners (LOST $30.60)
  • MLB: Padres at Marlins under 6.5 runs (WON $10)

Monday’s profit/loss: -$20.60 (1-1)

Total for the week: -$20.60 (1-1)

Total for August: -$152.60 (12-19)

Total for 2022: -$292.70 (203-234)

NOTE: If a line or odds are minus, it considers the juice one must lay to place the bet. Ex: Team A is -160 on the money line, one would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, one would have to bet $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)

Conversely, on positive lines, if Team C is +140 on the money line, a $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).

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