It has been nearly a month since the 2023 MLB season began, which means we are starting to get a better idea of who teams are. Baseball might be a marathon of a 162-game season, but teams start to show if they are contenders as early as April.
The Tampa Bay Rays find themselves with the best record in baseball at 20-3, but they are still sixth in World Series odds at WynnBET. The Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, and New York Yankees all currently lead that market — for now.
But what about just one day in April? Let’s take a look at the best bets for a loaded slate on Tuesday, April 25 in the 2023 MLB season.
Colorado Rockies at Cleveland Guardians
In this interleague matchup featuring a pair of below .500 teams, the Guardians (11-12) are set to host the Rockies (7-17) for Game 2 of this series. The opener went Colorado’s way on Monday in the form of a 6-0 victory, which would have been good enough to cash this under.
The season is young, but neither of these offenses have been explosive. The Rockies rank 23rd in all of baseball with a total of 92 runs scored, while the Guardians are 25th with 90 runs. FanGraphs’ wRC+ metrics best quantifies all things from a hitting perspective, and Cleveland is 25th in that metric while Colorado is 28th.
With a projection closer to eight total runs between these two offenses, there is value in taking the under in the first game of this evening's slate.
Pick: Under 8.5 runs (-118)
Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates
It is not often you see the Dodgers priced as a -118 favorite in a game against the Pirates, but that’s exactly what we have here. Pittsburgh has been a pleasant surprise this season, leading the NL Central with a 16-7 record. Los Angeles, meanwhile, is 12-11 and second in the NL West.
This has created a chance to buy low on the Dodgers of all teams. Right-hander Noah Syndergaard is slated to get the start for the road team, carrying a 0-3 record with a 4.91 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 22 innings of work. Los Angeles ranks fourth in the MLB with a wRC+ of 115.
Let’s take advantage of the short price on a talented Dodgers team in this one.
Pick: Dodgers ML (-118)
Kansas City Royals at Arizona Diamondbacks
Betting against the Royals has been one of the better ways of making money this MLB season. Kansas City is 5-18 on the year and 1-19 over its last 20 games. The Royals just dropped a 5-4 decision to the Diamondbacks in Monday’s Game 1.
Arizona, meanwhile, is off to a 13-11 start that includes a 7-5 clip at home. The Diamondbacks are eighth in the league with 21 stolen bases, but haven’t been the most explosive offense thus far. Look for those bats to heat up against Kansas City pitcher Brady Singer, who is 1-2 with a 8.14 ERA in four starts thus far.
Fade the Royals. Profit.
Pick: Diamondbacks ML (-139)
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