Tigers-Phillies run total, Johan Oviedo strikeout prop: June 5 best bets

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola winds up during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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.

Here are our best bets for Monday, June 5:


The play: MLB, Tigers at Phillies UNDER 8.5 runs

The odds/bet: -110 ($33 to win $30)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

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

Our take: The Philadelphia Phillies are in position to get a winning streak going tonight against the struggling Detroit Tigers, and they likely won’t need many runs to do it.

The Phillies will have Aaron Nola on the mound tonight, who hasn’t been his usual ace self this season, but he should pitch well tonight against a Tigers lineup that’s among the weakest in MLB.

That’s we like the under tonight even though the Phillies are capable of scoring runs in bunches, as the Tigers pitching has been improved enough for us to feel comfortable.


The play: MLB, Johan Oviedo OVER 5.5 strikeouts

The odds/bet: -105 ($10.50 to win $10)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: Athletics at Pirates 7:05 p.m. (MLB Extra Innings)

Our take: Taking the over on strikeouts for starting pitchers facing the Oakland A’s has been a proven money maker with the A’s among the most strikeout-prone lineups MLB.

Pirates starting pitcher Johan Oviedo isn’t a flamethrower, but he misses enough bats to where he should be able to rack up at least six strikeouts in this matchup in what’s been a career-best season.

Oviedo normally goes deep enough into games to where we feel confident in the over, and he’s averaged six strikeouts a game in his last three starts.


Sunday’s best bets

  • NBA Finals, Miami Heat +8.5 over Denver Nuggets (WON $30)
  • NBA Finals, Heat and Nuggets OVER 215 total points (WON $10)
  • PGA The Memorial Tournament, Xander Schauffele to finish top 20 (LOST $30)
  • The Memorial, Si Woo Kim to finish in the top 30 (WON $11)

Sunday’s profit/loss: +$21 (3-1)

Final total for the week: -$65.17 (6-8)

Total for June: -$24.67 (4-4)

Total for 2023: -$333.67 (125-137)

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, $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).


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