Astros-Cardinals run total, Bryce Elder strikeout prop: June 27 best bets

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bryce Elder (55) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Tuesday, June 6, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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 Tuesday, June 27:


The play: Astros at Cardinals UNDER eight runs

The odds/bet: -110 ($33 to win $30)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: 7:45 p.m. (MLB Extra Innings)

Our take: The Astros haven’t been scoring runs at their usual elite clip in 2023, and that’s been especially true as of late with star slugger Yordan Alvarez on the injured list.

Cardinals starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery has been pitching well recently, and he should continue that tonight against the struggling Astros in what projects to be a pitchers duel against Astros ace Framber Valdez.

The Cardinals lineup is their strength, but the elite Valdez should be able to contain them and keep the run total low in this matchup.


The play: Braves pitcher Bryce Elder OVER 5.5 strikeouts

The odds/bet: -104 ($10.40 to win $10)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: Twins at Braves, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)

Our take: Elder has stepped up as a key rotation piece for the Braves after several starting pitcher injuries, and he should be able to keep the momentum going against a struggling Twins lineup.

The Twins could be tough to beat with stud starting pitcher Joe Ryan on the mound, but Elder should be able to rack up plenty of strikeouts even if Ryan outduels him since the Twins have the most strikeout prone lineup in MLB.

Elder hasn’t been a strikeout artist like his Braves teammate Spencer Strider, but he should pile up the Ks tonight in this favorable matchup.


Monday’s best bet

College World Series, LSU (money line) over Florida (WON $30)

Monday’s profit/loss: +$30 (1-0)

Total for the week: +$30 (1-0)

Total for June: -$81.30 (25-25)

Total for 2023: -$415.60 (145-159)

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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