MLB Returns: You Won’t Have To Wait Long For This Prop Bet

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Tuley’s Take on the only MLB game of the night . . .
Major League Baseball returns tonight with a standalone prime time on ESPN (8:05 p.m. ET) with the Houston Astros visiting the Texas Rangers in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park in Arlington.

After a first-half of offensive explosiveness, I see no reason it won’t continue right off the bat (pun intended), so I’m going with the 1st Inning Yes (that there will be a score in the opening inning) wager.

Both teams are a solid 53.3% with the 1st Inning Yes this season, so that certainly adds to the confidence that at least one of the offenses will break through.

As you know, to beat the vig at -110, you need to hit 52.3 percent. This is written before seeing the vig attached to the Yes. Hopefully it’s not too much more than -110 or -120 and with Framber Valdez going for the Astros and especially Lance Lynn for the Rangers, the vig will be relatively low.

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"It was just wrong." — ESPN betting analyst Preston Johnson speaks on what, if any, advantages he’s seen for betting the Summer League.

The Edge‘s Jonathan Von Tobel was reporting live from the NBA Summer League on Wednesday. He discusses what teams have impressed and disappointed him most thus far.

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The second half of the baseball season returns, which means it’s time to look over some notable trends. Point Spread Weekly editor Steve Makinen says which pitchers you should look to ride and fade at this point.

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Point Spread Weekly: Baseball at the break

By Steve Makinen
Our cover story for the week focuses on MLB. With the All-Star break behind us, I take a look at where we currently stand. My analysis includes breakdowns of the hot & cold teams at this point, the hot & cold starting pitchers, and some of the unusual situational handicapping dichotomies that have developed over the course of the first half of the season. Dave Tuley also gives his MLB Takes. All of this should have you ready for the weekend, when the league gets back into action.

Jeff Fogle helps readers get ready for the upcoming release of the College Football Preseason Betting Guide, with some tips on key points of focus for those of you beginning your college football team evaluations this week. He discusses Head Coaching Changes, Quarterback Quality, and Offensive Line Experience as things you should be looking closely at.

Matt Youmans also checks in this week with an NBA story called “Clippers Rate Best in West, But Bettors Prefer Lakers,” in which he takes a look at the betting markets that have developed since Kawhi Leonard and Paul George landed in L.A. It’s certainly been a fascinating free-agent period in the NBA, and Youmans’ offers some insights on where the real value may lie.

There’s plenty more in PSW this week to touch upon. NASCAR moves on to Kentucky for Saturday’s Quaker State 400, and my initial simulation projects the field. We also have Arena Football, Canadian Football and WNBA Strength Ratings, and if you haven’t been following the last few weeks, the Power Ratings have been on fire for all three, particularly on point spreads. There’s also golf analysis by Brady Kannon & Wes Reynolds, CFL previews from Ian Cameron, and an MMA Sacramento betting preview from Lou Finochiarro.

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